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    Cool Building a MCPC

    Hey guys, I need some advice, as I am ventruing into an area I have not been. I have built my own computer before, and successfully enough I've built friends, but this new task I want to approach is different.

    I want to build a small, almost DVD player small computer that I can take with me to a friends house, girlfriends house, a cabin in the woods (with a TV), and to my basement. Okay, so I want it small and portable.

    This computer has one purpose, to play movies that I have on a USB thumb drive. Some of the movies will be HD, but most won't.

    Therefore, I want a computer that will have an output that is DVI, as I can get a DVI - HDMI cable to plug in to HD TV's, and possible S-Video to play in standard TV's, or even component, white and red.

    This is in the planning stages, so I need help and feedback. Anything will be helpful.

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    The Cheapest Laptop with HDMI output and Vista Home Preimum should do. That way you dont have to haul a keyboard and crap around everywere. Just one simple tidy unit.
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    Default Re: Building a MCPC

    Ha, I forgot all about the input. I guess I am assuming I can do everything with a mouse.

    I have a laptop, I would imagine this would come out a little cheaper?

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    A Laptop would probably be cheaper and easier. And if you just set it so you can close the lid without it going to standby then it could look pretty sexy and be nice a quiet to. Its up to you man. I would get something with a decent storage device as you could store a lot of movies on there and not worry too much about a USB stick all the time.
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    Gigabyte ODIN GT 800Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Quad Q9550 E0 @ 3.4Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Noctua NH-U12P + AS5
    G.Skill 2X2GB F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
    2 X ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB (Crossfired)
    Dell Ultrasharp 2209WA IPS
    2 X 1TB Seagate 7200.11 in RAID 1
    Pioneer DVR216 SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------
    Gigabyte Poseidon Chassis
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 (Rev. 1.0 BIOS v.F9)
    ASUS Artic Square CPU Cooling with AS5
    Thermaltake TR2 RX 550Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Duo E8500 E0 @ 3.8Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Corsair 2 X 2Gb XMS2 PC6400C5 DDR2
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
    1 X Seagate 1TB 7200.12 + Seagate 750GB 7211.11
    Sony SATA DVD MultiDrive
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    Default Re: Building a MCPC

    If it's exclusively movies you want to play, have you considered buying a DVD player that supports DIVX playback. You can pick one up for a fraction of the price.

    If you definately want a PC, then a Laptop would as said be ideal, otherwise you want a decent HTPC mobo, 2-4GB of RAM a cheap 7200RPM HDD and something like an E5200 Dual Core.

    You can underclock and under volt an E5200, reducing cooling needs and thus lessening fan noise. The mobo must obviously be Micro-ATX, and a nice cheap shuttle case should suffice.
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