Generally known online as OpenMedia, now working for Red Hat APAC as a Technology Evangelist and Portfolio Architect. Still playing with MythTV and digital media on the side.
gatecrasher: Im looking at building an HTPC such that i can watch Divx etc encoded material on my TV.
Im wondering what kind of cost a decent (yet cheap) build would cost me.
The problem is i don't know where i should cut corners and where i shouldnt.
Ideally i want the machine to store the content rather than stream it.
I dont really care about the size of the box, but the smaller the better.
Would most likely use windows media center with some form of remote.
This is what i have so far.
Some generic looking case (anything thats not beige)
DVD-RW IDE (generic)
Sata 500gb hdd 7200rpm
8500gt silent video card (One less fan will make things quieter)
What i dont have any clue about is:
Cpu (Preferably intel) - How fast does it need to be?
PSU. 400w? 500w?
In the future id like to add
A decent sound card such that i can connect to a home theatre (5.1) setup
A tv tuner that can record the HD stuff (freeview using a standard aerial) to the Hard Disk.
A blu ray drive
So my questions are what other components should i consider?
Is there any other places i can cut cost?