I am in the process of starting my first HTPC build. I have built numerous desktop systems in the past for myself and others but never ventured into the niche of the market per se. Here is the gist of what I am looking for:Requirements:
Not as important:
- Netflix / Hulu Streaming
- OTA HD DVR
- Playing DVD / Blu-Ray rips / discs
Parts being looked at:
- surround sound / 5.1 / 7.1 audio as I have no receiver at the moment
- recording cable channels (this may change in the future - see below)
- CPU: Intel Core i3 530 or 550
- Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H55M-USB3 mATX
- RAM: G.Skill 4GB DDR3 (2x2GB)
- PSU: Antec Earthwatts 380w
- OS Drive: 250gb 2.5" 7200rpm laptop hdd
- Data Drives: Samsung F4 2TB HDD (x2)
- TV Tuner: SiliconDust HDHomerun Dual*
- Optical: Samsung SH-B123L Blu-Ray / DVD combo drive
I have already got a Silverstone GD06 case on order from Amazon, so while I am waiting for them to receive those and ship I figured I could ask about the internals before I buy.
I noted 2 data drives for the build as I am under the understanding that it is best to keep your dvr drive as its own dedicated drive due to the needed IO.
Secondly I am currently looking at just the HDHomerun Dual but we may pick up cable again so I would want to record the HD cable channels as well but I am stuck waiting on Silicon Dust to release the HDHomeRun Prime and then will need to get a cable card as well from my provider, but that won't be a hassle in itself. The question is would I be able to run both of those boxes in conjunction on the same network, IE will WMC be able to then see all 5 tuners at once? Also with the Dual can I split the tuners to say record 1 show on the HTPC and the other tuner go to a secondary PC elsewhere in the house?
Also at the moment I currently don't have a receiver or additional speakers, but I assume if add those in the future I shouldn't need any additional hardware other than what I listed?
And finally one last bit, I will be ripping Blu-Ray's and DVD to mkv format on this box, would adding a discrete video card such as the nvidia 430 speed it up much over the built in Intel HD graphics that reside in the Core i3?
As far as remotes / wireless keyboards, etc does anyone have any specific recommendations. This will not be inside of a cabinet or anything just sitting on a shelf under the tv so LoS issues won't be of a concern and the main seating is about 7-10 feet from the TV
thanks in advance for the help