Friday, March 19, 2010

My XBMC build.

The Case 1
Originally uploaded by kiwiboyus
After upgrading our TV it was time to upgrade the XBMC we have been running for the last couple of years as well. I had bought a refurbished Xbox from Target's website of all places for about $50.00, then hardware modded it to run XBMC.

Due to the inputs available on our new TV it made more sense to upgrade the XBMC to a PC build running Linux, the question was how much would I have to spend? I did a quick inventory of my PCs and spare parts and figured out that i might only need to buy a case and CPU Fan, the rest I already had.

So here is what I used:

Case: In Win BL631.300BL Case
Motherboard: ASRock N68PV-GS
CPU: AMD Athlon 3800+
Video Card: Nvida 8400 GS
1.5 GB RAM
1TB Toshiba SATA HD

I followed the main guide for installing a minimal Ubuntu 9.10 system with XBMC running on top of it and haven't been disappointed. Here are pictures of the PC, I'll add some of it up and running on our TV at some point. All up I only spent about $150.00 including shipping and taxes.


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