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Old 11-20-2007, 10:19 PM
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Media Center PC

Hello All,

I was wondering if anyone has any experience building a Media Center PC.

I am currently laying out the parts that I will need to purchase, and wondering if anyone has any recommendations for me. If you see something missing, please let me know.

Main goal is a sleek, computer to record tv shows, etc.

I already own a 500gb external drive, and I can burn other things to DVD if necessary.

I would also like to be able to use it as a computer, being able to boot up Counterstrike (Old video game) and play with no problem (Pretty much any video-card now-a-days.

FYI, these prices are not true prices (based on prices that ExtremeTech used on December 14, 2004. Probably hard to find some of these parts, just looking for an idea of what I was going to use, then go back and buy the best deal that satisfies my requirements over the next month or so on newegg.com deals

Thank you,

Kyle

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Media Center PC

Component Manufacturer Model Price Description
Case $260.00
Power Supply $0.01
Video Card ATI X700 Pro $175.00 Low-powered, high-performing graphics card
HDTV Tuner ATI HDTV Wonder $230.00
NTSC Tuner nVidia eVGA NVTV $68.00 Single-Tuner
Audio Card Creative Labs Audigy 2 ZS $95.00 Digital Out
CPU Pentium 4 - 550 $300.00
Motherboard Asus P5AD2 Deluxe $210.00 3 PCI slots + 802.11
Storage Hitachi Deskstar 7K250 $150.00 250 GB harddrive
DVD/CD Burner Pioneer A08 $125.00 (Also Memorex 16x DualDrive)
Input Logitech DiNovo Media Desktop $160.00
_MOUSE -
_KEYBOARD -
_REMOTE Snapstream Firefly $35.00
Memory Kingston DDR2/533 $260.00

Software
Operating System Windows XP MCE $135.00



Total $2,203.01
Definitely want and believe total cost should be under $2000 though.. hopefully by a lot!

Going to go through and get latest prices on these now, and repost in like 15 minutes.
 
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Old 11-20-2007, 10:33 PM
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Component Manufacturer Model Price Description
Case $260.00
Power Supply $0.01
Video Card ATI X1300 Pro $94.99 Low-powered, high-performing graphics card
HDTV Tuner ATI HDTV Wonder 600 $129.99 Combo w/ Remote
NTSC Tuner - No longer necessary due to update
Audio Card Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi $49.99
CPU Pentium 4 - 550 $300.00
Motherboard Asus P5K-E $149.99 3 PCI slots + 802.11
Storage Hitachi Deskstar 7K320 $69.99 320 GB Hardrive
DVD/CD Burner HP DVD1040i $40.99 W/ Lightscribe
Input Logitech DiNovo Media Desktop $155.99
_MOUSE -
_KEYBOARD -
_REMOTE - Included w/ HDTV Card
Memory Kingston DDR2/533 $43.99 2x1gb (2gb total)

Software
Operating System Windows Vista Ultimate $179.99 (OEM)



Total $1,475.92
is the new specs.. looking for other stuff now that could be cheaper
 
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Old 11-20-2007, 10:34 PM
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Power supply is .01 because it comes w/ case by the way. Case is a high-balled number.
 
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Old 11-21-2007, 10:35 PM
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Case $260.00 - I am doubtful about this. Should get for a lot lot cheaper...A good one that too. Check the rate for that again.
 
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Old 11-22-2007, 02:42 AM
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Case $260.00 - I am doubtful about this. Should get for a lot lot cheaper...A good one that too. Check the rate for that again.

He's probably getting one of those designer cases. Waste of money if you ask me but whatever floats his boat.
 
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