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Media Center PC - Under TV

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Fyzbo, Apr 2, 2008.

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  1. Fyzbo

    Fyzbo Thread Starter

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    Currently I have my TV connected to my old computer (bought 2002) which is running xp media center and has a remote. This works very well, but lately I find myself wanting faster hardware. I'd like to get a new computer, but since I know all it will do is play video/music I was hoping to get one more tailored to my needs. Something in a sleek case that won't look as awkward.

    What are my options?
     
  2. usualsuspect

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    A PS3 :)

    It just works. Don't be held to the misconception that it's only a games console.

    If that's not your thing do you have a budget in mind? We can happily advise on building a silent media server.

    Why are you wanting faster hardware by the way? Especially, if it's only a media server?
     
  3. twizzie

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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133169&Tpk=Thermaltake+Bach+Media+Lab

    That is something if you want to build it, and its very quiet. I do not have the time to type up the computer parts but, if you want to build it let me know. The playstation is also a very good choice, and its coming from someone that has one. Its absolutly silent, it has a big enough hdd to last forever, and best yet blu-ray, which is the leading blu-ray player because of its excellent compatibilty, quality, and speed.
     
  4. Fyzbo

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    I'd like to upgrade as the current pc only has 120gb of hard drive space, 1gb of ram, a very loud fan, and is in a full tower. It looks pretty terrible sitting next to the tv stand. Sometimes media center can drag especially with long playlists.

    How does a ps3 do with all the different codecs. Also can it connect to the network to share media?
     
  5. usualsuspect

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    I initially had the Xbox360 to do exactly what you are doing but it really was pulling teeth. Music was fine -ish but visuals I gave up on. The PS3 on the other hand is self managing over WiFi or ethernet. New codecs get added on a regular basis, along with numerous other tweeks. I currently use the DivX codec regularly and it works a dream - close to using a dvd player. I dodn't use the PS3 for storage - I simple connect to the Microsoft media server running on here and all is there to see.
    The HDD is only 40G nowadays but this is easiliy replaced. It's a laptop HDD whick has it's own accessable docking port on the side.
    Sony are even letting users install their own OS (Linux) so where the future is leading I don't know. Is the PS3 expensive? I think not.
     
  6. twizzie

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    yea, you can connect to a media center through usb. So if you have an external hard drive, just connect it. They come in 40, 20, 60 and 80 gb. If I were you in the same position I would get a 40 gb for $399 and get a external hard drive about $100 for 500 gb.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822154150
     
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