I was doing my usual bargain hunting at a local thrift store when I ran across a Dell 4550 Desktop. Needing a new media pc project I found the price tag of $20 hard to pass up. It only needed a hard drive so with one of those that i had laying around the house, a install of XP and some drivers from the Dell I got it up and running in no time.
Then, thanks to Lifehacker I got some really great Media Center DIY tips from this article, “Build a Silent, Standalone XBMC Media Center on the Cheap“. By the end of the day I was streaming content from my Netflix’s account and enjoying the fact that the money I saved was still drawing interest in my saving account.
So summing up:
Media pc 20$
Netflex Video Streaming service 9$ per month (unlimited )
Windows XP OS 0$
Hard Drive 0$
Enjoyment of a project well done “Priceless”
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