Originally Posted by erickotz
I'm actually rather curious, as I've been kicking around the idea of replacing my personal HTPC, and am finding that $600 is pretty much the minimum price point (for something decent that's not Atom-based) so I'm really curious what kind of HTPC you can build for $600, as in my searching, you're looking at closer to $800 including an InfiniTV4 and an OS. In fact, I pretty much looked what it would cost to put together the parts for a Q, and that alone costs more than $600
(Don't read too far into this guys)
While top of line HTPC can cost 800, here is what I would do
1) It is normal to see sales from Staples, Lenovo, Dell, Tigerdirect or newegg to have a quad-core desktop for about 300-400 with Win7 Home Premium. In fact I have seen some sales in 200-300 range as well. Typically these include a AMD/Intel Quad core, 4gb ddr3 memory and around 500gb/1 TB drive with gigabit adapter
2) 4 GB DDR3 => $40
3) 500 GB hard drive => $50
4) Ceton => 170
Cost: $610. If you wait for right deal the config can be better or cheaper.
This would work very well. I have a 4 year old core2duo with 6 gb memory and it works great.
I was very disappointed to see blu-ray included in Ceton. I believe it increases the price by at least $100 and makes it impossible for folks like me who have PS3 to justify the purchase. It should have been optional