Originally Posted by gunbunnysoulja
I wouldn't imagine running into many issues once it's all configured and such.
I actually enjoy tinkering with stuff so that's a non-issue. She's in the CIS field anyways, but she's never built a computer before and I'd rather build her something then pay a manufacturer to put stuff together with proprietary and inferior parts.
My biggest concern was part selection as that's where I'm lacking. I pieced together stuff from Renethx's awesome guide, but didn't know if there was better current options considering price to performance ratio, as well as since this isn't really geared as a HTPC.
Best of luck to you. If she is a CIS prof, she won't have any trouble operating and maintaining it.
The one thing I can say is you don't really need to throw $$$ at but rather buy the right stuff. And have a little luck too.
What we have (x 3 systems) is:
Antec 300/Coolermaster 680 (?) cases
MSI K9A2 CF and K9 A3 GM MoBos.
AMD 64X2 running from 2.2 to 2.5 GHz.
2 GB 667 MHz RAM
EVGA and MSI 9400 GT video cards
2 x 1600 Hauppauge tuners (per system) for OTA HD recording.
Vista Home Premium
Media Center Remote controls
300 GB OS drives. A "gaggle" of 1 TB drives for recorded TV.
LG and Philips DVD burners. No Blu Ray (we use a Panasonic stand alone BD player)
Sony older XBR HD-ready CRT-based TV.
LG 42" 1080p LCD TV
Samsung 24" monitor
Two of these systems are dedicated Vista MC systems. Basically vertical tower set top boxes. Occasional USB KB and Mouse connected for maintenance. TVs used as monitors. 99% operated by MC remote control. KB and mouse connected weekly for defragfing and software updates.
Third system is a "Productivity" system which is also used as a back up recorder for the most "important" programs. As well as back up drives for the dedicated MC computers. The overall system approaches 100% reliability even though there is a minor hiccup now and then.
And hey it's a hobby too. Take care.