Can someone build me a cheap media server?


Dec 21, 2008
Hi, i was wondering if someone could maybe help me and build me a cheap media server which i could use to watch movies and play music on? I would like it to be able to play 1080p content without stuttering and also have HDMI output. My budget is around 400$

Sorry to ask but i am new at building these custom PC's so i would like some help if possiable. Also i live in canada so please use either or

Thanks, help would be appreciated :lol:


Apr 13, 2009
Here's a proposed build.
I didn't know if you need a tv tuner or blu-ray or anything, but I included them.
I'm also not sure how much data you will be storing so I included two hard drive prices.

case- $27

BD-ROM- Sony Optiarc Black 2X $84

Motherboard- GIGABYTE GA-MA78GPM-UD2H AM2+ $95

Cpu- AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Kuma 2.7GHz 95W Dual-Core $65

RAM- Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 $21

Power Supply- Rosewill Stallion Series RD450-2-SB 450W $40

Hard Drive-
1. SAMSUNG HD502HI 500GB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s $55
2.HITACHI 0A38016 1TB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s $88

Keyboard+Mouse- Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 $22

Tv Tuner- ASUS My Cinema-PHC3-100/NAQ/FM/AV/RC TV Tuner Card PCI Interface $80 ($60 with MIR)


$409 without tuner
$489 with tuner ($469 after rebate)
$442 without tuner and with bigger HHD
$522 with tuner and bigger HHD ($502 after rebate)


Apr 4, 2009
or an Intel based option that includes a wireless keyboard and mouse and Western digital green drive and Nvidia video and a case better suited for a media center, or mix and match. this case and that motherboard cpu combo. and save even more

Linkworld Black body/ Silver strip Steel 6280-01 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case - Retail $38.99 includes 400w psu

ZOTAC GF9300-A-E LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $109.99

Microsoft BV3-00003 Black USB + PS/2 RF Wireless Standard Optical Desktop 1000 - OEM $ 25.99

Western Digital Caviar Green WD6400AACS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (bare drive) - OEM $69.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E7400 - Retail $119.99

OCZ Vista Upgrade 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2VU8002GK - Retail $22.99

Sony Optiarc Black 2X BD-ROM 8X DVD-ROM 24X CD-ROM SATA Internal 2X BD-ROM Model BR-5100S - OEM $84.99
Subtotal: $471.93


Jun 8, 2007
Building a PC for job is ok IF your going to be using it for other things but for size, noise,power consumption your best off with one of these:

This is number one media box

number two:


This is the one i have it plays all video,audio and does pictures it has a 1tb hd for that price and a remote
Its very small, very quiet takes VERY little power.

It can steam also and is portable so you can take it on trips and vacations.



Feb 9, 2009
@affinity and tomslick,

BD-ROM 2x isn't high enough for blu-ray movies, I think the agreed max standard is 4x. and also CAD not USD

I think you should get a WDTV and a 750GB external hard drive since that would do the job.