New HTPC Builld
I wanting to build a new HTPC that will do the following...
Stream video (Netflix, Home network storage, internet)
Play Bluray, DVD, and CD disks
Record over the air TV (no cable)
Play music files
I'll be using Windows 7 Media Center and Cyberlink Power DVD. No video card...I'll just use the on-die graphics. I already have an Antec 300 case and 2 sticks of 2 gig GSkill DDR3 1333 memory. Here is a list of parts I would like to use...
ASRock H87M Pro4 LGA 1150 Intel H87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i3-4130T Haswell 2.9GHz LGA 1150 35W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4400
CORSAIR CX430M 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Dual TV Tuner w/ MPEG-2 Encoder PCI-E x1
GMYLE Windows 7 Vista XP Media Center MCE PC Remote Control and Infrared Receiver for Home, Premium and Ultimate Edition
Still looking at storage options. So far, how does it look? Any changes recommended?
Don't let my reality hinder your imagination!
It all looks fine. If you are going to use Media Center, I would suggest an SSD for the OS drive. Though having tried both, I would strongly encourage you to check out XBMC as your front end. Runs much faster, and has a lot more customization options. You might also look at the HDHomeRun devices rather than the Hauppauge.
I haven't used the OTA model, but I absolutely love the cable card version. Works great for the HTPC as far as DVR and such, while also letting me watch TV on every other computer in the house.
New York, NY
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I have a Silicondust HDHomeRun Prime (CableCard) and four HDHomeRun units. They work very well and are very flexible. My cable company, much to my dismay, encrypted even the local channels recently causing me to switch the HDHomeRun units from ClearQAM to ATSC OTA (I used to get ~144 in the clear). A bit of a hassle but they work almost as well. I say almost because ATSC is more susceptible to atmospheric conditions whereas ClearQAM goes through a storm without a hiccup,...
I usually go with at least a 1TB HDD for storage and an SSD for the OS if I can spare one. I use a server for storage to offload the 1TB HDD when it gets too full. When using an SSD in Microsoft Media Center you simply setup the HDD as the target so its used as recording storage and a buffer. Accessing a lot of web content would probably just use the SSD but not sure,.....
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If this is going to be running a lot then you might want to consider the efficiency of your power supply and go with something like the seasonic G 360 gold certified. It is around 80% efficiency at 40 or so watts (vs 70% corsair), which is also about what the pico psus tested at. Pushing 80w its nearing 86-87% while the corsair remains around 78%.
This could amount to a hundred or so killowatt hours of additional usage per year if the machine is running all the time. This would probably more than offset the additional psu cost over the life of the machine.
Of course if you are only turning it on to use it a short time and then shutting it off then this won't matter much.