Well, I'm marching on to OTA nirvana (hopefully). I'm exploring an HTPC.
Here are the mainstays I am looking at:WD 2 GB Green
- $69.99 ($10 cheaper than Samsungs F4)G.Skill 4GB (2x2GB)
- $25.99 (I don't forsee needing more RAM)Windows 7 Home OEM
- $94.99 (I do not want to go to one of the free options, my wife needs to see something familiar)
Here are the things I am good to swap for something else:Zotax E-350 w/ PCI-E 1x
- $144.99 (I'm spending a bit more, but I need the 1x PCI-E)hec Mini-itx Case with a 200w PSU
- $49.99Hauppauge 2250
$128.99 - I need 1x PCI-E in case I go back to cable so I can use a CETON cable card. This seems like the best option.
Total - $514.94
My rationale for the choices:
I'm looking as low power as is feasible. It looks to me like the E-350 is going to do everything I need and playback 1080p with not be an issue. I looked at an i3, but the price was almost $100 more. I just don't see myself using this computer for video conversions. I've got my big PC for that. And for something that will be on 24/7, the lower power is attractive. As for the Hauppauge card, I dual-tuner card just makes sense. Moreover, it can handle the entire spectrum I'm looking at without issue.
Input is welcome.