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#109592 23-Sep-2012 12:32
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I want to buy a cheap prebuilt htpc, I need one with svideo out put. Dont care what os would prefer windows at least xp. I would build one myself but I dont have the time.  Any one know where I can buy prebuilt htpcs?

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  #690172 23-Sep-2012 15:13
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Why svideo out, do you have a really old tv or projector or something?


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  #690174 23-Sep-2012 15:17
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Computer Lounge and Playtech do them. 

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/systems/systemdetail.asp?systypeid=5

http://www.playtech.co.nz/afa.asp?strKeyword=htpc&idWebPage=39234&page=1&ListOptions=Submit&SubmitType=GO

Also look on TradeMe - there are loads.

I've built a desktop before and that was really quick - a couple of hours once the parts had arrived. (find the parts on PriceSpy.). I haven't done an HTPC before so maybe the software takes longer to sort out.

I'm thinking about it though. Here is my list on PriceSpy in case it's any help to you: http://pricespy.co.nz/list.php?l=66988&view=m




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  #690182 23-Sep-2012 15:48
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We build these on a daily basis, and honestly, it only takes about 45 minutes to build one - They are really easy. 

Playtech ones are OK, but if you have the expertise, you might as well save $100~ and build one yourself.





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  #690233 23-Sep-2012 18:39
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Can you even still get svideo output on graphics cards these days?
You may have to get a 2nd hand one.



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  #690235 23-Sep-2012 18:42
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yea the tv in the living room is and old crt with the old red white and yellow inputs.

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  #690252 23-Sep-2012 19:40
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worm9100: yea the tv in the living room is and old crt with the old red white and yellow inputs.

That's composite, not svid.

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  #690254 23-Sep-2012 19:44
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B1GGLZ:
worm9100: yea the tv in the living room is and old crt with the old red white and yellow inputs.

That's composite, not svid.


But easily converted between with a passive converter cable

 
 
 
 


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  #690344 23-Sep-2012 23:03
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you used to be able to get composite out video cards, but yeah other option is s-video adapter. but why not just buy a 2nd hand xboc with xbmc prob would cost $50, dont see the point in a nice htpc when ur tv is probably SD.




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  #690376 24-Sep-2012 08:15
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I've just upgraded my HTPC and would be interested in selling my old one. Here are the specs:

P4 3.0GHz
2GB RAM
Radeon HD 3650 graphics card (with s-video out)
40GB Hard drive

If you're interested let me know.

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  #690895 25-Sep-2012 02:49
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worm9100: yea the tv in the living room is and old crt with the old red white and yellow inputs.


Buy a new TV before you buy a HTPC imo!

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  #691309 25-Sep-2012 19:30
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Ragnor:
worm9100: yea the tv in the living room is and old crt with the old red white and yellow inputs.


Buy a new TV before you buy a HTPC imo!


Absolutely! Unless there is something that you desperately need the HTPC for and there is no cheaper way of doing it, you will get much better bang-for-your-buck quality and entertainment wise with a decent screen. No point in having content delivery without something decent to watch it on.

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  #691511 26-Sep-2012 08:44
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JimmyH:
Ragnor:
worm9100: yea the tv in the living room is and old crt with the old red white and yellow inputs.


Buy a new TV before you buy a HTPC imo!


Absolutely! Unless there is something that you desperately need the HTPC for and there is no cheaper way of doing it, you will get much better bang-for-your-buck quality and entertainment wise with a decent screen. No point in having content delivery without something decent to watch it on.


+1 you can pick up a full HD TV cheap as chips now. If you are willing to pay for a prebuilt HTPC then splash out a bit more and get a TV that will do it justice.







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