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post #1 of 6 Old 08-30-2011, 04:02 AM - Thread Starter
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Hello all.

I'm looking for advice on making my gaming PC more of a home theater. I have a pretty decent computer (upgraded last year or so) so I need advice on the display and audio.

I've posted what I'm looking for in a display on the "help me choose an LCD" thread. I'd post a link but I haven't posted enough.
Aside from that, I need advice for the sound system, price range is up to $500, and I've been looking at a 5.1 sound bar (Sony I think).

How important is the refresh rate on the TV, what about the video card?
I'm running an amd quad-core 3.2ghz, rad5870, and 8gb 1600 ram.
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That setup will make a nice gaming HTPC. As for the sound, will you be running a receiver?

There really isn't a "conversion" from a gaming PC to a HTPC, the main difference is if you use media software like XBMC, etc..

Equipment - 47" Vizio 120hz 1080p SV470XVT - Onkyo TX-NR809 - Pioneer BDP-150 - HTPC, Xbox 360, Wii - Turtle Beach X41 7.1 Headset - Sennheiser RS170 Headphones
Speakers - Polk Audio CS2, Monitor 70's, Monitor 30's, BIC F12 12" Sub
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To be honest I'm not well versed in the audio department. So I'll probably end up running whatever is easiest to set up and get working.
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I went with the Onkyo Jamo package on Tiger Direct. It's cheap and should sound really nice for an entry level system. Just had to add a sub but for the entire setup (including BIC F12 sub) I only have about $640 in it. I know it's out of your budget but it's worth a look.

Equipment - 47" Vizio 120hz 1080p SV470XVT - Onkyo TX-NR809 - Pioneer BDP-150 - HTPC, Xbox 360, Wii - Turtle Beach X41 7.1 Headset - Sennheiser RS170 Headphones
Speakers - Polk Audio CS2, Monitor 70's, Monitor 30's, BIC F12 12" Sub
HTPC - Intel Core i3-3220, 8GB DDR3 1600, 560ti 1GB, 7TB of HDD's, LG Bluray
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I would also consider buying the receiver and the speaker package separately as an option. Check accessories4less for great deals on HT receivers. They have factory reconditioned and warrantied Onkyos that you can get into the base models for good prices. I've used them a couple of times to help out relatives with setting up a similar priced system. Good seller.

Once you have priced out your receiver and know how much you have left, I'd recommend researching in the speakers forum on AVS and/or asking there. A good HT speaker setup will be good for gaming, too, so they can help. You can get some good recommendations that way, and they will know all the current specials.

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If you're going to get a receiver with HDMI support (which I recommend) any of the newer ATI cards will do as they all support bitstreaming audio or you can go for a Nvidia 560 which also supports it. I have 3 ATI 6950s in Tri-Crossfire and they work quite well.

You really don't have to invest a lot of money anymore to have a decent gaming/HTPC setup.

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