$300 Pre-built HTPC for XBMC?
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I was using a refurb Apple TV 2 to to play my media via XBMC, but unfortunately, a lightning storm claimed its life. I'm now looking for another cheap alternative since I love the XBMC interface and am upset about going back to the folder structure of the Xbox and PS3 for the time being. My budget is $300 at the most.

I've looked at this thread: http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?pid...post843683, and would like something in the group 4-6 range. Unfortunately, the boxes that are recommended are already outdated and I can't find them in-stock or for reasonable prices online. Does anyone know of any current cheap boxes that will suit my needs? Thanks!

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#2
most z-boxes from zotac should work.
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(2012-08-01, 00:55)Nimo Wrote: most z-boxes from zotac should work.

Any specific specs I should look for?
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#4
enough power and not to much money Wink
i dont know what you need. i think an ad04 or so should be enough. but they are all without ram and hdd. just some are full build.
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(2012-08-01, 01:12)Nimo Wrote: enough power and not to much money Wink
i dont know what you need and how much these boxes costs in usa. i think an ad04 or so should be enough. but they are all without ram and hdd. just some are full build.

Ha ha. By specific specs, I was referring to any minimum processor/graphics card (if going with an Intel model) I should be looking for. I'm not sure what XBMC needs to run smoothly.
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#6
this should work. but 300$ is really less. this have more gpu power.
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#7
I'd recommend looking into the Acer Revo RL70-UR10P.

It comes pre-installed with Windows 7, a wireless keyboard, remote, and all you'd have to do is install XBMC.
I've set this up for a few friends/neighbors and it gives them exactly what they were looking for in a HTPC.
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(2012-08-01, 14:05)GortWillSaveUs Wrote: I'd recommend looking into the Acer Revo RL70-UR10P.

It comes pre-installed with Windows 7, a wireless keyboard, remote, and all you'd have to do is install XBMC.
I've set this up for a few friends/neighbors and it gives them exactly what they were looking for in a HTPC.

I advice the same... this one is great. Wink I did a thread on it somewhere.
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#9
This is an interesting bare-bone unit. I don't know if it is available in US.

http://global.shuttle.com/main/productsD...uctId=1567 (150 euros)

Or if like to add a videoboard or audiocard and sata 3

http://www.shuttle.eu/it/prodotti/mini-p...anoramica/ (239 euros)
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(2012-08-01, 16:11)Beer40oz Wrote:
(2012-08-01, 14:05)GortWillSaveUs Wrote: I'd recommend looking into the Acer Revo RL70-UR10P.

It comes pre-installed with Windows 7, a wireless keyboard, remote, and all you'd have to do is install XBMC.
I've set this up for a few friends/neighbors and it gives them exactly what they were looking for in a HTPC.

I advice the same... this one is great. Wink I did a thread on it somewhere.

Here it is: http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid...light=rl70
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