Still toying with ideas and options for HD and a HTPC, but prices of course are the final decider, like for most people
So im trying to price up a cheap good system which could handle DVB-T and Mediaportal etc.
This is not what i plan on getting, its simply planning and looking at pricing. However others who want a HTPC could use this build if it checks out.
I might buy a few months or sooner, i just want some kind of guideline of what the minimum spec is and the current cost to compare with a STB or whatever. I know a HTPC has many benefits over a STB or even PVR but theres also the issues that come with it too.
Case/PSU/Fans/DVD Drive/Hard Drives not included - i have these already and they depend on what you prefer (eg big hard drive)
Prices from C1 Shoppingmall except tuner (computerlounge)
PENTIUM DUAL CORE E2180 2.0GHZ - $120
Asus EN8500GT SILENT/HTD/256M - $105
Asus P5KPL - $106
Kingston DDR2 1GB PC2-6400 800mhz - $34
Hauppauge WINTV HVR2200 PCI-E (White Box) DVB-T - $141
Total - $506
Concerns are the processor - is it good enough? The motherboard - 1x PCI-E 1x slot - means only 1 PCI-E tuner card unfortunately. Any better ones that are still low cost?
Also, will there be/is there a motherboard with good support for hardware H264 onboard? This could lower the cost a bit. 1GB of ram is enough?
The tuner - i understand this allows you to watch one channel and record another? Also it has S-Video in, which could be possible to hook sky up to this, but this means probably getting a MCE remote + Blaster. Its too bad none have component in which would be nice.
Any suggestions on what you would do for a cheap build welcomed.