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Its not worth half that. Just look what you can get on Newegg for a budget machine (before even considering refurbs): - AMD Dual Core E-350 1.6GHz - 4GB DDR3 1333 - 320GB - AMD Radeon HD 6310 GFX - Gigabit ethernet - KB + mouse - Windows 7 Starter - 1yr Warranty $239 shipped http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883258004
SSD deals are few and far between. This is the best deal I've seen for a while: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147185 Use promo code EMCYTZT3065
XP and 2GB of RAM - something tells me the dual core processor is obsolete. Still, for the right price this could be turned into NAS or something.
What you are asking is exactly what I did several months ago and I have been loving it. My budget for the HTPC itself was $300, not including Windows or storage HDDs. See here: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1426890/crazy-cheap-but-good-build-thread Adding 2TB would take you to your $400 budget before you've added a Silicon Dust HDHomeRun Dual (network OTA tuner) and a Harmony remote of some kind. Also, I chose a cheap, ugly case because my HTPC is in the basement. I think...
It sounds like a great setup. The only area of concern I would have is with control but this is easily solved in your case by adding RF IR extenders or wires through the conduit. I just prefer using a remote control for basic functions like changing channels and volume etc. Also, who is your internet provider? I just got verizon and found a great tutorial on how to put their provided router into bridge mode so my router would get its IP from Verizon directly. This way I...
A few thoughts: - At each screen drop, how many Cat6 cables are you running. Keep in mind that you can use extenders to run just about anything over the cat6 (HDMI, USB, IR etc). It can be much more cost effective and future proof to avoid running HDMI cable in wall and get HDBaseT extenders. I would put at least 3 runs per TV location (1 for HDBaseT HDMI extender, 1 for IR extender and 1 for ethernet). - What are you doing for control? I have my HTPC in the basement and...
MCM has a very rapid update cycle so chances are, if you haven't used it for a while, its been greatly improved. I've had the odd freeze but issues are less frequent now than when I first got it. Also, the dev is very responsive to issues if you use the forums.
Call them and tell them that you want to be charged the cablecard rental fee only. They cannot charge an HD fee in addition to the subscription charge for your channels package. If the package includes HD, you have to be able to view them with your cablecard. When you call them, refer them to the FCC rules on the subject. http://www.fcc.gov/guides/cablecard-know-your-rights
Although you seem to have solved your issue, you may want to look at using Media Center Master to handle library management. It will create folders for all your movies and download the metadata into those folders. It can also generate the XBMC xml files so the library will be usable by WMC/Media Browser or XBMC. The nice thing about this method is if you plugged the external drive into another PC or wiped your OS drive, the library stays intact.
Thats cause they have the new ivybridge celeron lines for similar prices.
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