Decided a week or so ago to build a media PC / HTPC. I was looking at media streamers, but for the same price as my favoured streamer unit, I decided I could just about build a full PC, which could do so much more. I really wanted something similar in spec to my existing PC, which I know can play even H264 HD movies - and they are the trickiest I'm led to believe. An AMD 3200+ 64 cpu was already destined to be the prime mover, and the rest was built around that. I already have a HDD, DVD drive, XP Home and a 32" LCD TV. I finally got all the bits I needed for £240 odd.
With a few false starts, due to me ordering the wrong motherboard, then the next one I ordered not being in stock, I finally got all my parts on order, mostly from scan.co.uk who offer free postage if you are a member of Hexus.
Main List :
Asus A8V-VM-SE VIA K8M890, S939, PCI-E (x16), DDR 333/400, SATA II, SATA RAID, uATX, On Board VGA Scan code LN15017 £31.36http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=434319
AMD Athlon 64 3200+, Socket 939, VeniceCore, 2.0GHz, 512KB Cache, OEM
Scan code LN9376 £38.76http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=164955
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro - (Socket 754, 939, AM2) + ALL AMD Opteron
Scan code LN13081 £14.68http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=340993
1Gb (2X512Mb) Corsair Value Select DDR PC3200 (400), 184 Pins, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 2.5 Scan code LN11240 £50.90 (was £45 when I ordered it)http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=237278
256/512MB XFX 7100GS TurboCache Mem Clock 533MHz, GPU 350MHz, 4Pipes, D-Sub/DVI/S-Video Scan code LN16626 £37.04http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=498826
AKASA Zen case - Black Silent Cool Midi-ATX Computing case w/2 silent 12cm fans w/o PSU Scan code LN15198 £28.19http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=446040
Mouse & kbd £8 from almost anywhere.
Tagan TG480-U01 - 480W almost silent PSU, bought privately 2nd hand for £30 inc post :)http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=694
Usually aBut £57 new.
So, a slow start due to my own and others incompetence :oops: but with some items here, and the rest of the kit due here by Wed 7th March, I will update as I go (if you like ?). I'm hoping that this might be useful to others who need to build on a shoestring.