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ITICharlie1
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join:2003-01-22
St. Louis MO

New HTPC build

I'm wanting to build and HTPC. I haven't kept up with the newer stuff since I have not needed to build a new system in a few years and am not sure what to get. It will be used to play DVD and Bluray movie files, music files from offline storage and network. Will be running Win 7 and will utilize the Windows Media Center. Will also have an OTA tuner. I will also use it for online content (Netflix, Hulu, etc). This system will not be needed for burning and ripping. Where I need help is what CPU to use, what chipset, if onboard graphics will suffice, and if not what GPU card to use. I already have a case and it will accept ATX and Micro ATX boards.
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Don't let my reality hinder your imagination!



Gordo74
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join:2003-10-28
Monroeville, PA



darcilicious
Cyber Librarian
Premium
join:2001-01-02
Forest Grove, OR
kudos:4
Reviews:
·Frontier FiOS
reply to ITICharlie1

said by ITICharlie1:

[...] if onboard graphics will suffice, and if not what GPU card to use.

What kind of content are you going to be playing? Just OTA recordings or ?
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ITICharlie1
Premium
join:2003-01-22
St. Louis MO

said by darcilicious:

said by ITICharlie1:

[...] if onboard graphics will suffice, and if not what GPU card to use.

What kind of content are you going to be playing? Just OTA recordings or ?

OTA, DVD, and Bluray mostly.
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Don't let my reality hinder your imagination!

xrobertcmx
Premium
join:2001-06-18
Sterling, VA
Reviews:
·Verizon FiOS
reply to Gordo74

I use the A4-3400 with a similar ASRock board, it handles live 720p from Verizon via Cablecard and the HDHomerun Prime. I use plex to stream 1080p mp4 and mkv files just fine, no lag or stutter via gigabit.

Also it only hits about ~50W under load, idles in the 30W range according to my UPS.
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darcilicious
Cyber Librarian
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join:2001-01-02
Forest Grove, OR
kudos:4

The biggest issue with OTA is 080i channels -- not everything can handle the de-interlacing well.
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♬ Dragon of good fortune struggles with the trickster Fox ♬


xrobertcmx
Premium
join:2001-06-18
Sterling, VA
Reviews:
·Verizon FiOS

With Windows Media Center in 7 I've haven't really had any issues. The picture looks better on my 48in LG then it did from the cable box with the SD channel line up. The HD channels are all 720 and look more or less the same.
I can't say that I've seen anything come across in 1080i.
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I voted for Snoopy!



darcilicious
Cyber Librarian
Premium
join:2001-01-02
Forest Grove, OR
kudos:4
Reviews:
·Frontier FiOS

said by xrobertcmx:

I can't say that I've seen anything come across in 1080i.

I think all the major networks except ABC broadcast (OTA) in 1080i. Depending on your cable company, many (non-ABC networks/channels) are also broadcast in 1080i.
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♬ Dragon of good fortune struggles with the trickster Fox ♬

xrobertcmx
Premium
join:2001-06-18
Sterling, VA
Reviews:
·Verizon FiOS

Due to a certain persons desire to watch various reality shows only available via cable I've not been able to try out broadcast TV in a while.
However looking over a few forums the A4 should handle this fine.
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I voted for Snoopy!



Babar
Premium
join:2001-05-09
Washington
reply to ITICharlie1

FYI, I've been using this inexpensive HTPC remote with my HTPC. It works great with both WMC and XBMC.

There's also a pretty good XBMC iPhone app if you decide to go that route.

Have fun!
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"Geez, I'm goin' crazy out there at the lake."


BangBang

join:2000-07-05
Fairview, NJ

1 recommendation

I use the same remote on my htpc in the living room. Works great!