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Home Theater PC- Don't wanna make the wrong choice

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself (Not Computer-Related)' started by zackevin, Jan 5, 2011.

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  1. zackevin

    zackevin Thread Starter

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    I ditched cable a month ago and bought a Sony Netbox for the living room. It has served it's purpose but I want to move it upstairs to the bedroom and replace it with a much stronger HTPC or media center. But I don't want to make the wrong choice and end up with something that I can't use or don't know how to manipulate.

    How it will be used:
    1. Streaming Netflix, Hulu, ESPN, NBC, YouTube, etc.
    2. Play DVDs- we don't own any Blu-Ray but a Blu-Ray player would be nice.
    3. Connect to our Vizio HDTV, 1080p.
    4. Connect to our Sony Surround Sound system.
    5. Surf the web.
    6. We may be adding a home server so it would be nice to connect to that and play movies from it.
    7. Wireless

    How it will NOT be used:
    1. Gaming
    2. Store videos, pictures, etc.

    If we can, we would like it to stay under $500.

    I know that I could build something much stronger for this price range but I have no computer building experience and would hate to get stuck halfway through and not know how to get out.

    Thanks!
     
  2. jiml8

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    I guess you are asking for recommendations on pre-built systems?

    My one comment is that you want something quiet. Very, very quiet. Computers can get noisy with fans and hard drives, so quiet is something you have to focus on particularly to avoid surprises.
     
  3. stewart92807

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    My suggestion for what you want would be the Dell Zino HD.

    http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-z...e_bnrank=1&baynote_irrank=0&~ck=baynoteSearch

    It starts out at $299 on up. You can get the wireless and Blu-Ray option as well, and still be under your $500 price range. It also has HDMI hook-ups as well for added quality, and also allows you to surf the web just like you would with any other computer.

    That's just my opinion though...
     
  4. heatherwanders

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    I know the PS3 is a gaming system, but it does have everything you want....
     
  5. christ4life777

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    i agree ps3 is the way to go
     
  6. ehymel

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    Streaming blu ray wirelessly will not work well... wired is the way to go for reliable HD content.
     
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