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    Mine runs xbmc on a pretty low spec PC which I put together (although this included some odds and ends I already had such as case and power supply) for less than $250.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach View Post
    I recently got one of these: http://www.shoppingexpress.com.au/bu...375/712969-375 (edit: $229 + shipping with coupon code) to act as the home file and media server. I installed Plex server on it for media transcoding and use a Raspberry Pi with Rasplex on it as the media player on the main TV. Also have Plex clients on the iPods/Tablets/Laptops in the house so media can be streamed pretty much everywhere and an old Pi which runs XBMC which talks happily to it.

    No good for games - but you could probably throw a TV tuner or two in there? As a server only, it doesn't need to be near the TV so will eventually move from my desk to the closet near the front door where it could hopefully be easily yanked out in case of emergency as it also has all our photos and data on it. Ended up only costing the $249 + additional storage + a few $$ for PLEX clients.
    Did TLH charge you too install all that or was it gratis?

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    Xbox and PlayStation bad mmmmKay

    My new design is going to be without TV capture card and Foxtel

    New Question.

    Do I let my Media Centre PC connect to the NET or my main PC to transfer files, and If I do? Do I need to run a Anti-Virus program on my Media Centre PC. Or will the Anti-Virus program impact on media playing?

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    So this is the component list and prices.

    Yes it is over the budget of $1000. But I have 10TB of storage which is huge.

    AMD A4-5300 Dual Core APU $53.00
    ASRock FM2A75M-ITX R2.0 FM2 M-ITX Motherboard $98.42
    Corsair 4GB 2x2GB PC3-10600 DDR3 (CMV4GX3M2A1333C9) $39.37
    (2) Seagate Barracuda ST4000DM000 3.5" 4TB SATA 6.0Gb/s Hard Drive $398.00
    Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 3.5" 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s Hard Drive $95.00
    SilverStone LC17B-USB3 ATX HTPC Black Case $119.00
    Corsair HX-850 V2 80 PLUS Gold Modular Power Supply $209.00
    Lite-On IHES312 12x Internal SATA Retail Blu-Ray Combo Drive $55.00
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 OEM 64-Bit $99.00
    Compro VideoMate K300 MCE Remote Control $43.32
    Logitech Wireless Combo MK270 Keyboard & Mouse $33.00
    Logitech F710 Wireless Gamepad $45.00

    If anyone has any suggestions of changes - I would appreciate the ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exile View Post
    So this is the component list and prices............

    .........If anyone has any suggestions of changes - I would appreciate the ideas.
    Suggestions?
    I don't even know which language you are speaking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    Suggestions?
    I don't even know which language you are speaking.
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    from what i hear the Sony console will be a better option than the X-box - particularly for gaming - it has none of the ridiculous restrictions Microsoft have put on the xbox regarding second hand games etc...and the playstation will be second gen bluray so should be a more robust media centre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zimeric View Post
    from what i hear the Sony console will be a better option than the X-box - particularly for gaming - it has none of the ridiculous restrictions Microsoft have put on the xbox regarding second hand games etc...and the playstation will be second gen bluray so should be a more robust media centre.
    Watched both presentations last night

    Sony hit Microsoft out of the park

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    yeah it would seem so.
    microsoft now needs to come up with something much better than halo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    Watched both presentations last night

    Sony hit Microsoft out of the park
    Does it still have GIANT ENEMY CRABS?

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