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Should I get the Boxee Box or Acer Revo 3700

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-Want to watch all my media on my 46" LED TV
- I want to run boxee to organize my media
-Want to browse Flickr Pics

I am thinking of getting either the boxee box or the Acer Revo 3700. I am leaning toward the Acer revo cause it will have a fully functional browser.

But I hear the netflix streaming is choppy!!

What is the best solution for a HTPC <$500? Or should I just get the boxee box?
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I like my bootcamped Mac mini. Hdmi and a full os. No need to stream with the built in harddrive. Netflix works great.
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Sure the mac mini solution is cool but its like $700 dollars.
The solutions I am looking at are under $500.

Also I think I could build a decent desktop tower with $500 rather than buying a mac mini.

What do you think?
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You could. But it wouldn't be super tiny and silent. You can also get a $400 laptop and do the same thing. But after weeks of 24/7 being on, laptops sometimes overheat. I've had the mini on for over a year.
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Are you using windows or the mac os to run boxee netflix etc? I ask cause you said you have a bootcamped mac mini.

Also do you have the latest mac mini? Which macmini do you have? I can look it up on ebay if yours is not the latest one.
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by:Aaron Tomosky
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I have both the older and newer(between home and the office) both running windows 7. I don't use boxee but I do use netflix and vlc to play everything local.

The only nice thing aboutthe newer one is the hdmi. The old one is dvi so I have a seperate sound to my receiver.

Anywayi didn't mean to hijack your question, if anyone has experience with the original question please chime in.
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by:darthvader747
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Just out of curiosity why are you not using the apple OS?
Is the apple OS not well suited for use with a Media Center type computer?
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Mainly preference. I know others that use osx for the same thing using iTunes an vlc for Mac.
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