Originally Posted by xosubuckeyex
I get what Willie is saying, the poster should have put up a notice that said something like: "bare minimum network HTPC with linux"
. So us noobs with one HTPC don't get confused and sad that we spent so much money for our statup systems
You will have to purchase/have already purchased some or all of these to enjoy the HTPC:
mouse + keyboard
various software licenses
I commend the OP for putting together a working list of low-cost items. This is a very attractive option. It seems like you essentially shaved $100 off my build, the only drop in quality was the processor from an i3. But a 25% decrease in cost for the essential hardware components is huge
I included an optical drive. LiteOn. I did not omit that. It's in the build list.
I also stayed with 8GB of DDR3. I choose 1600mhz because I might use it for something else sometime. (Z77 or 68) I could easily have gotten 1066 and only 4GB for $20 cheaper.
Same with SSD. I could go with a cheap model 64GB instead of a 120GB Vertex3 and save another $50.
The drop from i3 to a G630 is only a couple hundred Mhz. In a HTPC it's not a difference. I have a i3 2100 right next to me now, I built it last week. It's no different real world. i3 was like $120 vs $61 so it was a no brainer.
Your 100% right about the other stuff. But I do already own all that. My mouse pad was $60.. lol... That always cracks me up since I can't believe I did it but honestly it's the best investment I ever made. I would never look back. Also, My Mice $150 (Razer) . My Keyboards are $300. (Razer gaming + Rosewill Cherry MX for type) I have four sets of PC speakers, My main Rig has dual sound systems. AVR with HDMI and also a THX Logitech Z 5.1 analog.
Software- you name it- Mediamaster, Mediabrowser, Jriver, Windows 7 Pro, Home, OEM etc.. also, Driverwizard, Media Monkey, the list can go on and on....
I actually have 5 PC's. You can see a few here:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1393537i7 Main PCi5 second PC:
This $300 HTPC is for networking into what I already have- I will use all the software I already own... the wireless Lenovo remote keyboard I already have... and just HDMI it to my system in that room. It should work great and take the duties of my main PC which has a long HDMI run previously... to do it.
I hope I just don't miss the speed of the I7 and the MAX IOPS SSD, and the 16GB of overclocked DDR3. My turboboost on that machine clocks to 4.5ghz when needed. It's pretty quick.