Tomorrow (Tuesday) I plan on buying all my parts for my media center and just want some opinions on what I'm buying.
Currently have HVR-3000 which will be the tuner. The motherboard I plan on using is one I already have - Albatron K8SLI-AM2 and I have 1.5gb of ram that I can put in it(will buy more later if needed). The parts I plan on buying are:
- AMD 64 X2 5200+ 2.6GHz Dual Core With Original Athlon Fan and Heatsink
- Seagate 500GB SATA 7200rpm 32MB Hard Drive
-Asus 8600GT Slient 512MB PCI-E Video Card
Basically I want to be able to watch FreeviewHD and record it. Also want to use it to watch 720P and 1080P movies (have some rips, will prob buy a bluray drive later).
My plans are to use Mediaportal and was thinking to use XP MCE as the OS(or should I use some version of Vista?).
Should that system be able to handle what I want to do okay? All the above parts are from PCOnlineshop.co.nz which I thought would end up being cheaper in terms of shipping etc if I buy all the parts from the same place.
I'm basically trying to build this as cheap as I can but still make a very good system.
All thats left now is the Case and powersupply, I would like to get a nice case but don't really want to spend much more than $100-$150 for both the case and powersupply. Any recomendations? A black case would be best :-)
I really do appreciate any help :-)
oh and this will all be hooked up to a 40" 1080P Samsung LCD :-)