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The catch? I'm only 18.


My parents are building a new house. They've decided that I'll live primarily in the basement throughout college. As I currently have a very small, very bad tube TV (see below) I was planning on upgrading to a flat panel. But then I realized that I've got the space for something more. What better way to do it than with a 720p projector and 5.1 surround?






There's only one catch. For now, I make $11.82 an hour part time. While I don't have very many expenses (in fact, my dept to my parents is the only one) I don't have 5k+ to do this "right". That's the kind of person I normally am, but since this is a relatively low priority, I'd like to keep things under $1.5k. I work at Best Buy and we get some pretty cool accommodations, which are reflected in my component choices. They include the following:


Mitsubishi HC1500 with ceiling mount and 3 year service plan (for bulb replacements) - $940

Klipsch Quintet III 5 piece surround sound system - $200

Klipsch SUB-10 sub woofer - $160

Pioneer VSX-918V-K - $220


I will have the proper window treatments as well. Sound will be provided through an S/PDIF optical cable from the PC to the receiver.


My HTPC will consist of:


Intel Pentium Dual Core E2160 @ 3.2GHz

Gigabyte GA-EP31-DS3L

2x 2GB Corsair XMS2 DDR800

Antec NSK4480 with 380w EarthWatts power supply

250GB Samsung SpinPoint SATA

Samsung DVD-RW

Lite-On BD-ROM

EVGA 8500GT

Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit




So do you have any suggestions (components, execution, etc.)? I'm really not set on the receiver but it seems that it'll suit my needs well.
 

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Sounds like you have it all worked out, except you forgot one or two minor details... first, the screen. Any plan for that? If not, I recommend the DIY method of painting a screen directly on the drywall. The paint will run you ~30 and the border another 30 or so. Browse the DIY Screen forum.


I too was on a budget with my electronics (since most of my dollars went to the actual finishing of the cave.) I went with the HC1500 ($800), yammy receiver ($80 used), inwall speakers ($100), dual 10" subs ($200), and HD DVD ($100). Total = $1280. This addiction can be done "right" for relatively little $$$ if you do some research.


Don't forget to budget cables/wires also. (Monoprice.com is widely recommended.) Good luck, I bet you're excited.
 

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Thanks for the recommendations. I was actually reading the DIY thread and will be getting the paint for it soon.


I'm also going to get the Yamaha RX-V663BL instead of the Pioneer. I've read some good things about it and it's only $40 more.


I'm definitely getting my cables from Monoprice.


And I'm so excited. I have trouble sleeping at night haha.
 

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My only recommendations for someone your age is to not spend any time at home watching TV/movies.


If you're not studying, get out and meet women.
 

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Originally Posted by Stew4msu /forum/post/14180377



If you're not studying, get out and meet women.

And then bring them home to... "show them your theater."
 

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Well played, young grasshoppa.
 

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Haha. Well, thanks for the help anyway. If anyone has other suggestions, I'm all ears.


For now I'm just going to sit back, relax, and read as much as possible.
 

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That is always best. There are many great suggestions here and you will be able to put together a great theater experience well within a budget if you do your research and shop smart. Projection screens are the way to go now a days.
 

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I've got a girlfriend




Smooth dude.. very smooth..
 

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But he's 18.


We all know that 2 years from now she won't be his girlfriend anymore. You've got the rest of your life to watch TV/movies.


These are the prime years for getting tail. I'd spend every dime I had on doing that.



Anyway, I think your speaker selection is great. I'm not familiar with that PJ or receiver. your best bet is to head to those forums and research each one (i.e spend a lot of time reading) there.
 
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