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Well I built a new PC this week and clean installed Windows 7 PRO 64bit.

I totally started from the beginning both hardware and software.

Even though I have since built a few HTPC's and office PC since first using Assassin's guides I still found them helpful.

Beyond helpful.

Almost like a step by step checklist to make sure I did everything right.

I am not a beginner anymore- but I still found tremendous value.

If your considering such a thing- or your tired of struggling and finding your way I suggest giving them a try.

Well worth it.

Thought I would share, and also thank Assassin for taking the time to create such a wonderful resource.

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Old 02-04-2012, 07:46 PM
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Yep...Agree 100%.

This is the ABSOLUTE BEST MONEY anyone can spend if and when they plan to get into, rebuild or refresh an HTPC.

With the guides, ANYONE can build one of these things...anyone!

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Well I built a new PC this week and clean installed Windows 7 PRO 64bit.

I totally started from the beginning both hardware and software.

Even though I have since built a few HTPC's and office PC since first using Assassin's guides I still found them helpful.

Beyond helpful.

Almost like a step by step checklist to make sure I did everything right.

I am not a beginner anymore- but I still found tremendous value.

If your considering such a thing- or your tired of struggling and finding your way I suggest giving them a try.

Well worth it.

Thought I would share, and also thank Assassin for taking the time to create such a wonderful resource.

-Mike

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Yep...Agree 100%.

This is the ABSOLUTE BEST MONEY anyone can spend if and when they plan to get into, rebuild or refresh an HTPC.

With the guides, ANYONE can build one of these things...anyone!

Thanks guys. I really appreciate it. Hundreds of hours have gone into the guides and posts like this keep me coming back.
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newbie to novice in 2 weekends with those guides!
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Couldn't agree more! Without those guides I would have never built a HTPC and would still be paying money for my cable, etc

Best $20 ever spent! Thanks Assassin!
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Thanks guys. I really appreciate it. Hundreds of hours have gone into the guides and posts like this keep me coming back.

Yup.. Priceless but only $20. Thanks assassin and I was happy to contribute my little part.

THANK YOU!!

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Thanks guys. I really appreciate it. Hundreds of hours have gone into the guides and posts like this keep me coming back.

My next project will be a server or storage solution.

Any advice?

I will be starting from scratch.

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Thanks guys. I really appreciate it. Hundreds of hours have gone into the guides and posts like this keep me coming back.

I reinstalled my operating system and used the guides last night. It took me about three hours to do everything (including the huge amount of windows updates).

It took me two years without Assassin's guides to get the HTPC almost to my liking. Now with his guides, it only took me three hours to get everything running smoothly. Brilliant!
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I reinstalled my operating system and used the guides last night. It took me about three hours to do everything (including the huge amount of windows updates).

It took me two years without Assassin's guides to get the HTPC almost to my liking. Now with his guides, it only took me three hours to get everything running smoothly. Brilliant!

It basically took me about that also... starting from a fresh windows install.

This also included updated drivers and restarting 17 times for windows updates.

I used a driver wizard program to update my drivers and that was well worth it also.

Even though my system is a newer LGA1155 and i7 and I bought everything brand new... every single driver that came with the products was already outdated.

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I'm interested in these guides: where's the link for $20 please?
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I'm interested in these guides: where's the link for $20 please?

They are $25. Have been since late in 2011.
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They are $25. Have been since late in 2011.

Still worth every single penny of that $25.

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Still worth every single penny of that $25.

Thanks.

Here's the link for those interested.

I have 71 guides now and counting (yes, that's seventy one). I also am constantly updating them, adding updated links, tips, etc.

I have a set of J.River audiophile guides that are done. If anyone wants to do the video portion send me a PM. I just haven't had the time.
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Haven't used JRiver so I don't know anything about it..

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Haven't used JRiver so I don't know anything about it..

It's supposed to be the choice for audiophiles...

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It's supposed to be the choice for audiophiles...

GreenEyez and I are going to work on the J.River guides together.

Stay tuned...
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I agree 100% on Assassin's guides! Treasure trove of info at a very reasonable price.
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GreenEyez and I are going to work on the J.River guides together.

Stay tuned...

Nice!

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GreenEyez and I are going to work on the J.River guides together.

Stay tuned...

I will check them out.

I been meaning to check that out anyways... never had any experience with it.

Now that my new PC is built I need something to play with.

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Agreed, well worth the $$!

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I would like to get one for me, getting on Assassins site now.
But i am looking forward to build a Performance HTPC, a little bit high-end build.. wud the guide cover those?
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What level of performance are you looking for?

The set up is basically the same no matter what hardware you use with the exception of the use of MadVR which requires a discrete video card.

For the most part all you need is a basic i3 rig for HD Video and HD Audio playback.

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I would like to get one for me, getting on Assassins site now.
But i am looking forward to build a Performance HTPC, a little bit high-end build.. wud the guide cover those?

Yes.

But you might want to clarify what you consider high end or your goal if you want better advice now here.

What is your budget?

What is your desired result ?

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What level of performance are you looking for?

The set up is basically the same no matter what hardware you use with the exception of the use of MadVR which requires a discrete video card.

For the most part all you need is a basic i3 rig for HD Video and HD Audio playback.

Can't you use MadVR without GPU acceleration? Don't you just need a fairly powerful CPU (like an i3)? I'm been wondering about this. I understand you can use hardware acceleration if you have an Nvidia GPU, but apparently you need a very powerful card. According to some, a GT 430 might not even cover it. I find this a bit hard to believe though.
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Can't you use MadVR without GPU acceleration? Don't you just need a fairly powerful CPU (like an i3)? I'm been wondering about this. I understand you can use hardware acceleration if you have an Nvidia GPU, but apparently you need a very powerful card. According to some, a GT 430 might not even cover it. I find this a bit hard to believe though.

GT 430 DDR3-1600 with CUVID is a good choice for MadVR if you are on a budget.
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GT 430 DDR3-1600 with CUVID is a good choice for MadVR if you are on a budget.

I'm curious what you mean by "on a budget" though. Perhaps I'm getting in over my head, but I ultimately want the best PQ possible for 1080p24 movies. There's some detailed information on Anandtech, but I found it really confusing. First of all, they say in text that the 430 is better than the 520, but the 520 has higher fps in nearly every category. Wouldn't more frames per second be better? Secondly, the say near the bottom: "the GT 430 is quite suitable for madVR processing as long as you keep the settings sane." But, even on the high quality settings, the 430 put out greater than 60 fps for every file, which sounds like plenty.
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I'm curious what you mean by "on a budget" though. Perhaps I'm getting in over my head, but I ultimately want the best PQ possible for 1080p24 movies. There's some detailed information on Anandtech, but I found it really confusing. First of all, they say in text that the 430 is better than the 520, but the 520 has higher fps in nearly every category. Wouldn't more frames per second be better? Secondly, the say near the bottom: "the GT 430 is quite suitable for madVR processing as long as you keep the settings sane." But, even on the high quality settings, the 430 put out greater than 60 fps for every file, which sounds like plenty.

You can go with a 450 or higher if you need windowed mode for some reason with MadVR. Otherwise the GT430 with DDR3 1600 will be fine for MadVR.
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DDR31600 .

DDR3 1600mhz?

or DDR 31600 ?

31600 would be some fast RAM !

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Can't you use MadVR without GPU acceleration? Don't you just need a fairly powerful CPU (like an i3)? I'm been wondering about this. I understand you can use hardware acceleration if you have an Nvidia GPU, but apparently you need a very powerful card. According to some, a GT 430 might not even cover it. I find this a bit hard to believe though.

That's some good reading there. Need to read the whole article..

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DDR3 1600mhz?

or DDR 31600 ?

31600 would be some fast RAM !

Added the space.

You guys have attention to detail.

I like that.
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