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MSI Media Live with Slot-DVD-RW, Card Reader, LED Display, HDMI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth - £149.99 Delivered @ Ebuyer.com

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MSI Media Live AM2 Barebone - Silver With Slot-In DVD-RW Drive Card Reader LED Display HDMI output Integrated WiFi Bluetooth Posted this a while back at £199.99 which was a good deal. Just spotted… Read More
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MSI Media Live AM2 Barebone - Silver With Slot-In DVD-RW Drive Card Reader LED Display HDMI output Integrated WiFi Bluetooth

Posted this a while back at £199.99 which was a good deal. Just spotted they have this at £149.99inc.VAT and delivery now! Great bit of kit, needs a CPU, memory and HDD then your up and away. In the kit is:

* MSI Media Center Case - with LCD Front Panel and front panel USB/Card reader
* DVD/RW Slot in optical Drive
* Integrated WiFi 802.11b/g 54MBPS & Bluetooth
* MSI MS-7329 AM2 Motherboard - supports DDR2 400/533/667/800, onboard LAN, onboard Audio, 4x SATA, onboard video (VGA/HDMI output),
* 300W 20+4pin PSU
* Media Center Remote Control for Windows

Its a good system and a good price. Good for building a cheapie media PC.
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#1
As an example, I have specced up a system for £300 with low power dual core CPU, 4GB memory and 1TB HDD for £300 delivered. All should be compatible with this unit.

http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/540/capturedts.th.jpg
#2
STOP iT I just bought a surround sound system damnit I can't afford a media centre PC too how ever cheap or awesome looking it might be
#3
actually can you put a blu ray in this or is it a custom optical drive? If it cant be blu-ray upgraded I will pass.
#4
jamesdew;5407740
actually can you put a blu ray in this or is it a custom optical drive? If it cant be blu-ray upgraded I will pass.


You can put a blu-ray drive in, its a standard 'slim type' optical drive, although it would need to be slot loading. Have u seen the price of a slot loading slim blu-ray... will have to pass on it I think its cheaper to buy a stand alone blu-ray player :oops:
#5
coalfield
You can put a blu-ray drive in, its a standard 'slim type' optical drive, although it would need to be slot loading. Have u seen the price of a slot loading slim blu-ray... will have to pass on it I think its cheaper to buy a stand alone blu-ray player :oops:


ah I see, complicates things, does it have a PCI-E slot and can you put full height cards in it?
#6
jamesdew;5407790
ah I see, complicates things, does it have a PCI-E slot and can you put full height cards in it?


From the looks no PCI-E slot.... its a PCI from a riser so can do full height though....

http://global.msi.eu/index.php?func=proddesc&maincat_no=134&cat2_no=&cat3_no=&prod_no=1113
#7
What sort of CPU would I need for 1080p playback?
#8
tek-monkey
What sort of CPU would I need for 1080p playback?


tbh I don't reckon the on board graphics will handle it and with no PCI-E you can't upgrade. Everytime I think a cheapish media centre solution has presented itself there is always a catch.
#9
coalfield
From the looks no PCI-E slot.... its a PCI from a riser so can do full height though....

http://global.msi.eu/index.php?func=proddesc&maincat_no=134&cat2_no=&cat3_no=&prod_no=1113


Shame, nice looking piece of kit and a good price but it's still not the all in one media solution I am looking for.
#10
This is old technology and the graphics system really isn't up to playing HD content - and as far as I can see there's no expansion slot for a HD-capable graphics card. Not hot.
#11
jamesdew
tbh I don't reckon the on board graphics will handle it and with no PCI-E you can't upgrade. Everytime I think a cheapish media centre solution has presented itself there is always a catch.


Ha. You just beat me to it.
#12
Reviews on ebuyers site are from 2007!
#13
tek-monkey;5407924
What sort of CPU would I need for 1080p playback?


I dont have the same system but I use CoreAVC I have no problem with 1080p playback on a 4850e CPU using the CPU for decoding. Its a much more efficient codec that ffdshow with is the usual one, but costs about $8. The CPU usage will be high though. I only have a 720p TV though so most content I playback is 720p.

http://www.coreavc.com/
#14
i own one of these builds! well worth the money hdmi good tc we have windows vista ultimate onit and runs like a dream.
#15
fubuwarrioh;5409253
i own one of these builds! well worth the money hdmi good tc we have windows vista ultimate onit and runs like a dream.


do you playback HD stuff?
#16
I've ordered one just to stick under my TV, not fussed about HD, although it should be able to do 720p even with just integrated gaphics.


The 6150 is meant to do HD video according to nVidia.
http://www.nvidia.com/page/gpu_mobo.html
#17
Decentbloke
This is old technology and the graphics system really isn't up to playing HD content - and as far as I can see there's no expansion slot for a HD-capable graphics card. Not hot.


It is old tech that is true, but to play HD is not that demanding and a full spec build of 4gb 800mhz ram and an AMD 4200 processor will quite happily play HD and include quality surround too. But you must remember that it wont be the best available and the system should be dedicated settings for movie/ media output. It has a Scart socket and numerous connectors its at a price now that truly is affordable for a Media Centre. Can you tell I like it. It connects to old tech really well too.
I built this system about 2 years ago and its easily dealt with all i can throw at it. If you put a copy of Media Portal on its a fab media centre machine.
Buy quality components and its enough for all except a Blu ra slot player and even then they are getting cheaper all the time. I have a stand alone player now and I still dont like all the hype of older movies on Blu Ray being "so much better". Average will always be average.
Would have posted this myself, gonna get one to build with the son in law.
#18
I built a rig not long ago with a 8400gs that could handle 1080/24p with no issue running on a 4800+ with 2gb of pc6400. People said the 8400gs was an awful card, but it could handle 1080p with no issue.

To be fair 1080p isn't that demanding from video on most things from the last 2 years. As long as it isn't an gma945.
#19
As this is now expired it is slightly redundant. But for any of you who did buy it I would recomend doing a BIOS update, as I found my CPU didn't get detected on the shipping BETA BIOS.

This tells you how to do it with a USB stick http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/MSI_Media_Live

The unit is almost silent, it can only be heard when the room is silent, but although it can do 1080p desktop I can't get it to even do 720p playback on video. I'm trying new drivers to see if that sorts it.

It can only handle 1.8v for RAM, so in the case of mine it fell back to 667mhz 1.8v mode.

Thanks to the original poster as I don't regret this. I'm hoping to get Windows 7 installed and use it as a MC for my music.

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