The RL70 is a class piece of kit but goodluck to getting it delivered to Ireland, at least the one I'm looking at:
It has windows, 4gb ram, 640gb hdd, wireless mouse & keyboard. The processor is the best out there too. Was going to build my own with the same specs but this is just cheaper. Unfortunately this company doesn't deliver to Ireland only mainland uk. This would make an excellent HTPC.
What else does one need?
That gets you started if you don't need storage and have network storage, you can boot from USB key
You need something to control it, maybe a USB IR remote. Or you can use an iPhone/Android app.
And you'd want a USB keyboard handy in case you need to fiddle with the BIOS the odd time. But most people have one lying around anyway.
I use my Revo R3700 as an HTPC. Since upgrading to the latest XBMC 'Eden' it is smoother than ever. It will play 1080p but I don't bother really. Pretty much all of my downloads are 720p and they play flawlessly. I use a Rii as my remote control.
I just posted this in the setup thread but might be beneficial here to show what this machine can do:
Acer Aspire Revo R3700 with 300GB HD
External 2TB HD
The Revo runs XBMC Eden, sabnzbd+ and sickbeard for automation purposes, so the box literally does all of the work for me. I also have the sickbeard and sabnzbd plugins running inside XBMC so I can monitor queues and add new shows as needed then get notification popups inside XBMC also.
Here's a few pics of my XBMC setup.
Great looking setup there kyub. Have you tried netflix hd playback?
Nope, I actually cancelled my netflix sub just recently.
Yep, I agree completely. I think in the past month I had used it around 3 times so it was time to get rid of it for now.
If you don't want windows 7 the Revo RL70 is only £178 + €22 deliverme.ie charge. The Lenovo IdeaCentre Q180 might be worth a look too.
If you're going for either one of those you should try to upgrade to 4GB of RAM as soon as you can. I noticed a significant increase in performance on my Revo after doing this.
My 3610 is running xbmc live and xp so I'm guessing 2 gigs of ram is ok for me. I figured xbmc on windows 7 would just annoy the missus too much. I know there's ways to get it to boot straight into xbmc but I don't think any of these work 100% - lots of stuff could cause xbmc to loose focus. I might give XbmcBuntu a whirl but will need to change my cheapo Hama remote - it doesn't seem to be supported. Don't particularly like using iPhone as remote.