Help me find a Cheap laptop to be used as HTPC ...
Need Help I plan to use a laptop as a home HTPC and Server, and need the cheapest one I can find that meets my need.
I dont want to by a desktop becue it will mean adding a UPS, Monitor, KB, Mouse etal ... space crunch ...
Things I want to do are and know what to do are: Play DVDs, Play Movies stored on HDD, Netflix, Use Handbrake, use teamviewer to mirror my tablet screen, play some PC games (NFS 5 ), Use it as test bed so OS installation will be refreshed maybe every month or two. This will not be regular use PC and will be used in lid down mode 90% of the time.
I have a spare Win 8 Pro license + the BestBuy XP Tradein coupon for $100.
I need to find a Laptop that is the cheapest and meets my requirements: HDMI, Min 500gb hdd, it possible BT built in, if possible Gigabit Lan (laptop wil be connected to router with LAN cable and router is gigabit).
Future things I have plans are for:
1. Need a good remote (with touch pad and QWERT + IR to control the TV)? Any suggestions
2. Any app that I will make it make it work like Chormecast?
3. I partition my HDD into 2 parts (Win 8 system partition and data partition). My challenge is that how do I restore the system partition to initial state without reformatting the whole HDD?
4. Any other cool thing I can do?
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what's you budget? (For cheapest possible it will be around $500)
People will say you can do it with integrated gfx, just not sure if it will do it well enough for all your requirements...and I prefer dedicated gfx and Intel cpu (but amd A10 will probably do also).
Generally any laptop with dedicated gfx will allow you to be sure it's a multipurpose HTPC, some gaming etc. But laptops like these are usually no cheaper than $500. (usually a laptop with high Class 3 and better Gfx will do anything you want)>>(Brands offered at this price were Acer, Samsung, and Dell, but not always available.)
eg.class 2 gfx (7730m, m265, 8750m, 8850m) these are usually on todays budget gfx laptops.
And if your budget is higher like $700-1100 then you will have even more choices possibly with all the features you are after...But not sure precisely where since I usually go for the budget choice and squeeze as much uses out of it as possible.
Last edited by atoneapone; 04-29-2014 at 11:33 AM..
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