Originally Posted by Butters361
So I'm going to attempt to build my parents a htpc. I've built my own computers so that isn't the problem. The problem I have is that I only have a budget of around $400. Can you guys give me any idea of some cheap builds?
It would be helpful if we knew more about specifically what you intend to do. Such as:
Do you need on board video?
Do you need HDMI?
Do you need some way to pass audio (such as optical out)?
What kind of storage space are you looking for?
Do you have a preferred form factor (i.e... space constraints)?
Are you starting totally from zero, or do you intend to use some spare parts in the build?
Do you already have some idea what kind of front end you'd like to use?
Are you using it for DVR/cable, music, DVD playback? All of the above?
What are your parents comfortable with as far as technology goes?