View Full Version : Can you beat this for price?

May 30th, 2010, 12:23 AM
looking to build something super cheap just to hook up to my tv and rip dvds. is this a good buy? http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6270919&Sku=B69-0212

May 30th, 2010, 12:31 AM
yeah, but if you're going to be ripping DVDs, I'd put at least one or two more hard drives in there.

Guitar John
May 30th, 2010, 12:31 AM
The price is not bad. Good price does not always equal good deal, though.

May 30th, 2010, 12:33 AM
what would you reccomend?

May 30th, 2010, 12:35 AM
It's decent for the price. If you've got a file server there is no reason to have a gigantic HDD in an HTPC.

I'd get this instead tbh.


May 30th, 2010, 01:25 AM
Keep your eye on Tiger Direct for cheap systems.

Last December I picked up 3 brand new eMachines with 160HDD, AMD64, 2GB RAM, DVD RW, keyboard, mouse, speakers = $189 ea. No monitor, Vista.

Here's their "Off-Lease" deal of the day:


$99 IBM with no O/S. Comes with a warranty. These are normal built like tanks. Never die.

Tiger Direct (nee Global) has always given me good service.

May 30th, 2010, 02:14 AM
that $99 one not bad for basic use right? is it the same one that's 75 on ebay?

May 30th, 2010, 02:19 AM
It's old, but it should run basic stuff. 512MB of RAM will kill it tho.

Frogs Hair
May 30th, 2010, 03:09 AM
The PCI-E X16 slot limits your graphics card choices.

May 30th, 2010, 03:30 AM
i think i will save a little more before i purchase a new rig. think i will build it myself. never done it before and it's something i've always wanted to try

May 30th, 2010, 06:11 AM
That computer you originally linked to screams "Cheap and nasty". Especially that butt-ugly case, that the site describes as "handsome". It contains a power supply that will probably:

a. Make too much noise for you to bear it plugged into your TV
b. Explode within a year, taking the motherboard and CPU with it.

Save up some more and buy or build a better computer.