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Budget Media PC Spec

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by charltonfan1, 10 Mar 2006.

  1. charltonfan1

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    Want to build a quiet, cheap and not dog ugly media PC using mainly 2nd hand bits. Was thinking along the lines of:

    • Socket A Shuttle - w/ onboard graphics
    • Athlon XP - possibly 2500+ Barton
    • 512MB RAM
    • Samsung HDD for silence
    • XP MCE
    Anything else i should consider? or will this run ok?

    Thanks
     
  2. charltonfan1

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    Will onboard graphics be able to play visualisations?
     
  3. mcmad

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    what exactly are you looking to play on it & what tv /projector etc do you have ? are you looking to upscale/do post processing etc ?

    those are the the main thing that will determine spec
     
  4. pcoltrane

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    Second hand socket A bartons are so expensive you can get a new socket 754 sempron for the same price.

    Is a shuttle essential? If not consider the antec aria + a biostar 6100 matx board. It will be a lot cheaper and a lot faster .... but barely any bigger. The on board gfx on the biostar are decent enough for media centre too

    Marc
     
  5. charltonfan1

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    It'l be output onto either a TV via TV-OUT or S-Video or a small TFT via VGA/DVI

    Shuttles arent essential, i would consider a 754 system. I'll have a look for the antec aria
     
  6. Valo

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    I'd also put an extra 512MB Ram in there too :)
     
  7. ACESHIGH

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    good advice, imo.
     
  8. Nutbusta

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    Agreed. I'm about to build a friend an MCE machine out of a sempron 2800+ (which should oc to 2.4gig on stock volts), an Gigabyte K8N51GMF (with onboard 6100 graphics) and an Antec Minuet II

    Just add HD, Remote and TV card :)