I have been wanting to make a HTPC on a very cheap budget. I currently use my main computer (in signature) to watch streaming movies, DivX videos, etc but only on my 19" 720p monitor. I don't want to move my main computer to the living room with my 37" 1080i HDTV, so I wanted to know if using a cheap Dell business PC would work OK. Any tips or caveats?
I would like to use Mythbuntu to manage my media, though not really use it as a DVR. I mostly want to be able to see streaming TV shows / movies or play ripped movies in some Divx/AVI/H.264 codec. I found the PC below incl s/h, for around $60.00 USD on eBay. I doubt the stock video would work, but having a PCIe should make it easier to find a cheap ($30.00 USD) HDMI video card. It also has SATA, so I could add a bigger HD, though I have a spare external HD to connect to it.
Example: Dell Optiplex GX280 P4 3.0ghz 1GB RAM / 40GB HD SATA / PCIe slot. Slim, small desktop and med desktop same price.
Note: I am not set on a Dell, there seem to be many HP and IBMs too at this spec/price point.