Using a Desktop PC as a home media solution?

  Tinderstick 12:00 11 Sep 2011
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Hi,

I have an oldish laptop with 1gb Ram. It's time to upgrade. I'm thinking about a Desktop as a better option for the home as I can still use the laptop for portable stuff and I want to get the most out of the Desktop as a media centre. Here's what I need / would like and I need to know if this is practical or even possible:-

  1. Large storage for films, music, photos etc... - 1TB
  2. Large RAM for running some resource hungry VR cycling software - 8GB
  3. A large screen to watch films on.
  4. Decent sound/video cards and speakers for playing music

As regards point 3, I was thinking maybe an HDMI linking to an LCD TV and then a reasonable sized monitor for everyday work.

So what I really want is a powerful enough tower to kick out the media stuff I need.

Any advice and/or recommendations greatly appreciated.

  Tinderstick 12:08 11 Sep 2011

sorry, I should add that my budget is approx £800

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