Originally Posted by Mesozoic
This AMD stuff is so cheap it's really not worth holding out for whatever's coming next. I picked up a mobo+CPU+memory for $200. If it lasts me 2 or 3 years, it's a great deal!
This is precisely why I'm looking at cheap llano laptops right now, slim line, built in battery backup, much lower TDP.
People always knock laptops on these threads as "you are stuck with what you get", when was the last time you upgraded a $400 specialty device (the htpc I consider specialty). I have storage on my nas, and I'll be using an Ethernet based HD tv tuner. The only thing I may plug into this will be an IR receiver.
The llano based laptops (even the $300 dollar ones) beat the pants off of what it takes to buy a system with the case, ram, hd..etc. Even beats the super cheap E-350 based boxes and out performs them.
I'm no HTPC expert..but am I missing something here? I guess if you are reusing the same case you save about $100.