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post #31 of 118 Old 02-08-2012, 07:08 PM
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1. What operating system do you use?
a. Windows 7 32 bit
b. Windows 7 64 bit
c. Windows XP
d. Mac OS
e. Linux
f. Other

2. What platform do you prefer?
a. AMD CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Llano with 3D capability)
b. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge with 3D)
c. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge without 3D)
d. AMD CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
e. AMD CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
f. Intel CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
g. Intel CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
h. Other AMD
i. Other Intel

3. How much RAM do you use?
a. 1GB
b. 2GB
c. 4GB
d. 8GB
e. 16GB
f. 32GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII
b. Yes, SATAIII
c. No

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
a. 30-64GB for OS mainly
b. 64-500GB
c. 500GB - 1TB
d. 1TB - 2TB
e. 2TB - 3TB
f. 3TB - 4TB
g. More than 4TB

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
a. 80-500GB
b. 500GB - 1TB
c. 1TB - 2TB
d. 2TB - 3TB
e. 3TB - 4TB
f. 4TB - 8TB
g. 8TB - 12TB
h. 12TB - 20TB
i. 20TB - 30TB
j. More than 30TB
k. None

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
a. WMC
b. WMC + Media Browser
c. XBMC
d. Plex
e. JRiver
f. My Movies
g. Media Portal
h. MPC-HC
i. Other - Sage v7

7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
a. Yes
b. No

8. What size HTPC do you use?
a. Mini-ITX
b. Micro-ATX
c. Full ATX

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
a. Yes, bluray
b. Yes, DVD
c. No

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired
b. USB Wireless
c. PCI/PCI-e Wireless
d. Its not connected

11. How large is your PSU?
a. 60-80 watts
b. 80-120 watts
c. 120-380 watts
d. 380-450 watts
e. 450-600 watts
f. More than 600 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
a. Yes, with a cablecard device
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device
c. No

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
a. $300 or less
b. $300 - $400
c. $400 - $500
d. $500 - $600
e. $600 - $800
f. $800 - $1000
g. $1000 - $1500
h. More than $1500

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
a. Yes, emulator (non-intensive graphics) gaming only
b. Yes, including modern intensive graphics gaming
c. No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
a. 1-2 years
b. 2-3 years - 3 yrs old now
c. 3-4 years
d. 4-5 years
e. 5-10 years

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Great Idea!!

Here are my answers:

1. What operating system do you use?

b. Windows 7 64 bit

2. What platform do you prefer?

c. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge without 3D)


3. How much RAM do you use?

d. 8GB


4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII


5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?

e. 2TB - 3TB


5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?

k. None

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?

b. WMC + Media Browser


7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
a. Yes


8. What size HTPC do you use?

b. Micro-ATX


9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
a. Yes, bluray


10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired


11. How large is your PSU?


d. 380-450 watts


12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?

b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device


13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?

e. $600 - $800


14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?

c. No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?

d. 4-5 years
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Doing this made me realize my "main" htpc is actually the oldest system I have (I prefer to play with new hardware on lesser used machines). My home is just a big mutt, mix of 32 and 64bit, SSD and mechanical, HD audio and TV speakers. I also added rackmount to form factor . Usable and upgradeable is different than how long I actually expect to use this machine!
Edit - You could always try to make a google spreadsheet and embed it into the site and let people just fill that out.

1. What operating system do you use?
a. Windows 7 32 bit
b. Windows 7 64 bit
c. Windows XP
d. Mac OS
e. Linux
f. Other

2. What platform do you prefer?
a. AMD CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Llano with 3D capability)
b. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge with 3D)
c. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge without 3D)
d. AMD CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
e. AMD CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
f. Intel CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
g. Intel CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
h. Other AMD
i. Other Intel

3. How much RAM do you use?
a. 1GB
b. 2GB
c. 4GB
d. 8GB
e. 16GB
f. 32GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII
b. Yes, SATAIII
c. No

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
a. 30-64GB for OS mainly
b. 64-500GB
c. 500GB - 1TB
d. 1TB - 2TB
e. 2TB - 3TB
f. 3TB - 4TB
g. More than 4TB

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
a. 80-500GB
b. 500GB - 1TB
c. 1TB - 2TB
d. 2TB - 3TB
e. 3TB - 4TB
f. 4TB - 8TB
g. 8TB - 12TB
h. 12TB - 20TB
i. 20TB - 30TB
j. More than 30TB
k. None

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
a. WMC
b. WMC + Media Browser
c. XBMC
d. Plex
e. JRiver
f. My Movies
g. Media Portal
h. MPC-HC
i. Other

7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
a. Yes
b. No

8. What size HTPC do you use?
a. Mini-ITX
b. Micro-ATX
c. Full ATX
d. Rackmount

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
a. Yes, bluray
b. Yes, DVD
c. No

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired
b. USB Wireless
c. PCI/PCI-e Wireless
d. Its not connected

11. How large is your PSU?
a. 60-80 watts
b. 80-120 watts
c. 120-380 watts
d. 380-450 watts
e. 450-600 watts
f. More than 600 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
a. Yes, with a cablecard device
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device
c. No

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
a. $300 or less
b. $300 - $400
c. $400 - $500
d. $500 - $600
e. $600 - $800
f. $800 - $1000
g. $1000 - $1500
h. More than $1500

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
a. Yes, emulator (non-intensive graphics) gaming only
b. Yes, including modern intensive graphics gaming
c. No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
a. 1-2 years
b. 2-3 years
c. 3-4 years
d. 4-5 years
e. 5-10 years
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1. What operating system do you use?
a. Windows 7 32 bit
b. Windows 7 64 bit
c. Windows XP
d. Mac OS
e. Linux
f. Other

2. What platform do you prefer?
a. AMD CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Llano with 3D capability)
b. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge with 3D)
c. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge without 3D)
d. AMD CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
e. AMD CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
f. Intel CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
g. Intel CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
h. Other AMD
i. Other Intel

3. How much RAM do you use?
a. 1GB
b. 2GB
c. 4GB
d. 8GB
e. 16GB
f. 32GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII
b. Yes, SATAIII
c. No

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
a. 30-64GB for OS mainly
b. 64-500GB
c. 500GB - 1TB
d. 1TB - 2TB
e. 2TB - 3TB
f. 3TB - 4TB
g. More than 4TB

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
a. 80-500GB
b. 500GB - 1TB
c. 1TB - 2TB
d. 2TB - 3TB
e. 3TB - 4TB
f. 4TB - 8TB
g. 8TB - 12TB
h. 12TB - 20TB
i. 20TB - 30TB
j. More than 30TB
k. None

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
a. WMC
b. WMC + Media Browser
c. XBMC
d. Plex
e. JRiver
f. My Movies
g. Media Portal
h. MPC-HC
(as an external player)
i. Other

7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
a. Yes
b. No

8. What size HTPC do you use?
a. Mini-ITX
b. Micro-ATX
c. Full ATX

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
a. Yes, bluray
b. Yes, DVD
c. No

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired
b. USB Wireless
c. PCI/PCI-e Wireless
d. Its not connected

11. How large is your PSU?
a. 60-80 watts
b. 80-120 watts
c. 120-380 watts
d. 380-450 watts
e. 450-600 watts
f. More than 600 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
a. Yes, with a cablecard device
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device
c. No

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
a. $300 or less
b. $300 - $400
c. $400 - $500
d. $500 - $600
e. $600 - $800
f. $800 - $1000
g. $1000 - $1500
h. More than $1500

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
a. Yes, emulator (non-intensive graphics) gaming only
b. Yes, including modern intensive graphics gaming got my xbox controller plugged in, can play all games on it as if it was a console but quicker and better graphics
c. No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
a. 1-2 years
b. 2-3 years (it is already 3 years old as well)
c. 3-4 years
d. 4-5 years
e. 5-10 years

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1. What operating system do you use?
a. Windows 7 32 bit
b. Windows 7 64 bit
c. Windows XP
d. Mac OS
e. Linux
f. Other

2. What platform do you prefer?
a. AMD CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Llano with 3D capability)
b. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge with 3D)
c. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (Clarkdale i3-660)
d. AMD CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
e. AMD CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
f. Intel CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
g. Intel CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
h. Other AMD
i. Other Intel

3. How much RAM do you use?
a. 1GB
b. 2GB
c. 4GB
d. 8GB
e. 16GB
f. 32GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII
b. Yes, SATAIII
c. No

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
a. 30-64GB for OS mainly
b. 64-500GB
c. 500GB - 1TB
d. 1TB - 2TB
e. 2TB - 3TB
f. 3TB - 4TB
g. More than 4TB

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
a. 80-500GB
b. 500GB - 1TB
c. 1TB - 2TB
d. 2TB - 3TB
e. 3TB - 4TB
f. 4TB - 8TB
g. 8TB - 12TB
h. 12TB - 20TB
i. 20TB - 30TB
j. More than 30TB
k. None

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
a. WMC
b. WMC + Media Browser
c. XBMC
d. Plex
e. JRiver
f. My Movies
g. Media Portal
h. MPC-HC
i. Other

7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
a. Yes
b. No

8. What size HTPC do you use?
a. Mini-ITX
b. Micro-ATX
c. Full ATX

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
a. Yes, bluray
b. Yes, DVD
c. No

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired
b. USB Wireless
c. PCI/PCI-e Wireless
d. Its not connected

11. How large is your PSU?
a. 60-80 watts
b. 80-120 watts
c. 120-380 watts
d. 380-450 watts
e. 450-600 watts
f. More than 600 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
a. Yes, with a cablecard device (two Ceton InfiniTV 4's)
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device (two Hauppauge 2250's)
c. No

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
a. $300 or less
b. $300 - $400
c. $400 - $500
d. $500 - $600
e. $600 - $800
f. $800 - $1000
g. $1000 - $1500
h. More than $1500

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
a. Yes, emulator (non-intensive graphics) gaming only
b. Yes, including modern intensive graphics gaming
c. No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
a. 1-2 years
b. 2-3 years
c. 3-4 years
d. 4-5 years
e. 5-10 years
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Oh dear lord.

First, I have 5 HTPC's, including a couple with both Os X and Windows on them. Sooo, this will be a multiple-choices answer.

And I have no 'main HTPC.' It's entirely dependent on what room I end up in on a particular day.

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Interested in seeing the breakdown of the following at AVS. Maybe we can repeat this a few times a year to see what people are using...

BTW --- This is NOT meant to start a war of A is better than B. Please reserve that for the numerous other threads here at AVS.

[Poll not possible for this many questions. Please copy the following and BOLD you answer choice.]

1. What operating system do you use?
a. Windows 7 32 bit
b. Windows 7 64 bit
c. Windows XP
d. Mac OS
e. Linux
f. Other

2. What platform do you prefer? -- LOL I guess OS X disappears here?
a. AMD CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Llano with 3D capability)
b. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge with 3D)
c. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge without 3D)
d. AMD CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
e. AMD CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
f. Intel CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
g. Intel CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
h. Other AMD
i. Other Intel

3. How much RAM do you use?
a. 1GB
b. 2GB
c. 4GB
d. 8GB
e. 16GB
f. 32GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII
b. Yes, SATAIII
c. No

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
a. 30-64GB for OS mainly
b. 64-500GB
c. 500GB - 1TB
d. 1TB - 2TB
e. 2TB - 3TB
f. 3TB - 4TB
g. More than 4TB

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
a. 80-500GB
b. 500GB - 1TB
c. 1TB - 2TB
d. 2TB - 3TB
e. 3TB - 4TB
f. 4TB - 8TB
g. 8TB - 12TB
h. 12TB - 20TB
i. 20TB - 30TB
j. More than 30TB
k. None

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
a. WMC
b. WMC + Media Browser
c. XBMC
d. Plex
e. JRiver
f. My Movies
g. Media Portal
h. MPC-HC
i. Other

7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
a. Yes
b. No, as bitstreaming vs LPCM makes no difference

8. What size HTPC do you use?
a. Mini-ITX
b. Micro-ATX
c. Full ATX
d. Proprietary

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
a. Yes, bluray
b. Yes, DVD
c. No

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired
b. USB Wireless
c. PCI/PCI-e Wireless
d. Its not connected

11. How large is your PSU?
a. 60-80 watts
b. 80-120 watts
c. 120-380 watts
d. 380-450 watts
e. 450-600 watts
f. More than 600 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
a. Yes, with a cablecard device
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device
c. No

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
a. $300 or less
b. $300 - $400
c. $400 - $500
d. $500 - $600
e. $600 - $800
f. $800 - $1000
g. $1000 - $1500
h. More than $1500

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
a. Yes, emulator (non-intensive graphics) gaming only
b. Yes, including modern intensive graphics gaming
c. No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
a. 1-2 years
b. 2-3 years
c. 3-4 years
d. 4-5 years
e. 5-10 years

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1. What operating system do you use?
a. Windows 7 32 bit
b. Windows 7 64 bit
c. Windows XP
d. Mac OS
e. Linux
f. Other

2. What platform do you prefer?
a. AMD CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Llano with 3D capability)
b. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge with 3D)
c. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge without 3D)
d. AMD CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
e. AMD CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
f. Intel CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
g. Intel CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
h. Other AMD
i. Other Intel

3. How much RAM do you use?
a. 1GB
b. 2GB
c. 4GB
d. 8GB
e. 16GB
f. 32GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII
b. Yes, SATAIII
c. No

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
a. 30-64GB for OS mainly
b. 64-500GB
c. 500GB - 1TB
d. 1TB - 2TB
e. 2TB - 3TB
f. 3TB - 4TB
g. More than 4TB

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
a. 80-500GB
b. 500GB - 1TB
c. 1TB - 2TB
d. 2TB - 3TB
e. 3TB - 4TB
f. 4TB - 8TB
g. 8TB - 12TB
h. 12TB - 20TB
i. 20TB - 30TB
j. More than 30TB
k. None

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
a. WMC
b. WMC + Media Browser
c. XBMC
d. Plex
e. JRiver
f. My Movies
g. Media Portal
h. MPC-HC
i. Other

7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
a. Yes
b. No

8. What size HTPC do you use?
a. Mini-ITX
b. Micro-ATX
c. Full ATX

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
a. Yes, bluray
b. Yes, DVD
c. No

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired
b. USB Wireless
c. PCI/PCI-e Wireless
d. Its not connected

11. How large is your PSU?
a. 60-80 watts
b. 80-120 watts
c. 120-380 watts
d. 380-450 watts
e. 450-600 watts
f. More than 600 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
a. Yes, with a cablecard device
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device
c. No

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
a. $300 or less
b. $300 - $400
c. $400 - $500
d. $500 - $600
e. $600 - $800
f. $800 - $1000
g. $1000 - $1500
h. More than $1500

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
a. Yes, emulator (non-intensive graphics) gaming only
b. Yes, including modern intensive graphics gaming
c. No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
a. 1-2 years
b. 2-3 years
c. 3-4 years
d. 4-5 years
e. 5-10 years
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1. What operating system do you use?
a. Windows 7 32 bit
b. Windows 7 64 bit
c. Windows XP
d. Mac OS
e. Linux
f. Other

2. What platform do you prefer?
a. AMD CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Llano with 3D capability)
b. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge with 3D)
c. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge without 3D)
d. AMD CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
e. AMD CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
f. Intel CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
g. Intel CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
h. Other AMD
i. Other Intel

3. How much RAM do you use?
a. 1GB
b. 2GB
c. 4GB
d. 8GB
e. 16GB
f. 32GB
G.Other-6GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII
b. Yes, SATAIII
c. No

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
a. 30-64GB for OS mainly-SSD
b. 64-500GB
c. 500GB - 1TB
d. 1TB - 2TB
e. 2TB - 3TB
f. 3TB - 4TB
g. More than 4TB-14.5TB

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
a. 80-500GB
b. 500GB - 1TB
c. 1TB - 2TB
d. 2TB - 3TB
e. 3TB - 4TB
f. 4TB - 8TB
g. 8TB - 12TB
h. 12TB - 20TB
i. 20TB - 30TB
j. More than 30TB
k. None

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
a. WMC
b. WMC + Media Browser
c. XBMC
d. Plex
e. JRiver
f. My Movies
g. Media Portal
h. MPC-HC
i. Other

7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
a. Yes
b. No

8. What size HTPC do you use?
a. Mini-ITX
b. Micro-ATX
c. Full ATX

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
a. Yes, bluray burner
b. Yes, DVD
c. No

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired
b. USB Wireless
c. PCI/PCI-e Wireless
d. Its not connected

11. How large is your PSU?
a. 60-80 watts
b. 80-120 watts
c. 120-380 watts
d. 380-450 watts
e. 450-600 watts
f. More than 600 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
a. Yes, with a cablecard device
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device
c. No
D. Yes, Other

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
a. $300 or less
b. $300 - $400
c. $400 - $500
d. $500 - $600
e. $600 - $800
f. $800 - $1000
g. $1000 - $1500
h. More than $1500

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
a. Yes, emulator (non-intensive graphics) gaming only
b. Yes, including modern intensive graphics gaming
c. No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
a. 1-2 years
b. 2-3 years
c. 3-4 years
d. 4-5 years
e. 5-10 years
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1. What operating system do you use?
a. Windows 7 32 bit
b. Windows 7 64 bit
c. Windows XP
d. Mac OS
e. Linux
f. Other

2. What platform do you prefer?
a. AMD CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Llano with 3D capability)
b. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge with 3D)
c. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge without 3D)
d. AMD CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
e. AMD CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
f. Intel CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
g. Intel CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
h. Other AMD
i. Other Intel

3. How much RAM do you use?
a. 1GB
b. 2GB
c. 4GB
d. 8GB
e. 16GB
f. 32GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII
b. Yes, SATAIII
c. No

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
a. 30-64GB for OS mainly
b. 64-500GB
c. 500GB - 1TB
d. 1TB - 2TB
e. 2TB - 3TB
f. 3TB - 4TB
g. More than 4TB

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
a. 80-500GB
b. 500GB - 1TB
c. 1TB - 2TB
d. 2TB - 3TB
e. 3TB - 4TB
f. 4TB - 8TB
g. 8TB - 12TB
h. 12TB - 20TB
i. 20TB - 30TB
j. More than 30TB
k. None

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
a. WMC
b. WMC + Media Browser
c. XBMC
d. Plex
e. JRiver
f. My Movies
g. Media Portal
h. MPC-HC
i. Other (SageTV)

7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
a. Yes
b. No

8. What size HTPC do you use?
a. Mini-ITX
b. Micro-ATX
c. Full ATX

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
a. Yes, bluray
b. Yes, DVD
c. No

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired
b. USB Wireless
c. PCI/PCI-e Wireless
d. Its not connected

11. How large is your PSU?
a. 60-80 watts
b. 80-120 watts
c. 120-380 watts
d. 380-450 watts
e. 450-600 watts
f. More than 600 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
a. Yes, with a cablecard device
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device (server -4 OTA, 2 Directv)
c. No

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
a. $300 or less
b. $300 - $400
c. $400 - $500
d. $500 - $600
e. $600 - $800
f. $800 - $1000
g. $1000 - $1500
h. More than $1500

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
a. Yes, emulator (non-intensive graphics) gaming only
b. Yes, including modern intensive graphics gaming
c. No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
a. 1-2 years
b. 2-3 years
c. 3-4 years
d. 4-5 years
e. 5-10 years
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1. What operating system do you use?
a. Windows 7 32 bit
b. Windows 7 64 bit
c. Windows XP
d. Mac OS
e. Linux
f. Other

2. What platform do you prefer?
a. AMD CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Llano with 3D capability)
b. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge with 3D)
c. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge without 3D)
d. AMD CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
e. AMD CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
f. Intel CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
g. Intel CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
h. Other AMD
i. Other Intel

3. How much RAM do you use?
a. 1GB
b. 2GB
c. 4GB
d. 8GB
e. 16GB
f. 32GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII
b. Yes, SATAIII
c. No

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
a. 30-64GB for OS mainly
b. 64-500GB
c. 500GB - 1TB
d. 1TB - 2TB
e. 2TB - 3TB
f. 3TB - 4TB
g. More than 4TB

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
a. 80-500GB
b. 500GB - 1TB
c. 1TB - 2TB
d. 2TB - 3TB
e. 3TB - 4TB
f. 4TB - 8TB
g. 8TB - 12TB
h. 12TB - 20TB
i. 20TB - 30TB
j. More than 30TB
k. None

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
a. WMC
b. WMC + Media Browser
c. XBMC
d. Plex
e. JRiver
f. My Movies
g. Media Portal
h. MPC-HC
i. Other

7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
a. Yes
b. No

8. What size HTPC do you use?
a. Mini-ITX
b. Micro-ATX
c. Full ATX

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
a. Yes, bluray
b. Yes, DVD
c. No

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired
b. USB Wireless
c. PCI/PCI-e Wireless
d. Its not connected

11. How large is your PSU?
a. 60-80 watts
b. 80-120 watts
c. 120-380 watts
d. 380-450 watts
e. 450-600 watts
f. More than 600 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
a. Yes, with a cablecard device
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device
c. No

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
a. $300 or less
b. $300 - $400
c. $400 - $500
d. $500 - $600
e. $600 - $800
f. $800 - $1000
g. $1000 - $1500
h. More than $1500

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
a. Yes, emulator (non-intensive graphics) gaming only
b. Yes, including modern intensive graphics gaming
c. No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
a. 1-2 years
b. 2-3 years
c. 3-4 years
d. 4-5 years
e. 5-10 years
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1. What operating system do you use?
a. Windows 7 32 bit
b. Windows 7 64 bit
c. Windows XP
d. Mac OS
e. Linux
f. Other

2. What platform do you prefer?
a. AMD CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Llano with 3D capability)
b. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge with 3D)
c. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge without 3D)
d. AMD CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
e. AMD CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
f. Intel CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
g. Intel CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
h. Other AMD
i. Other Intel

3. How much RAM do you use?
a. 1GB
b. 2GB
c. 4GB
d. 8GB
e. 16GB
f. 32GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII
b. Yes, SATAIII
c. No

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
a. 30-64GB for OS mainly
b. 64-500GB
c. 500GB - 1TB
d. 1TB - 2TB
e. 2TB - 3TB
f. 3TB - 4TB
g. More than 4TB

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
a. 80-500GB
b. 500GB - 1TB
c. 1TB - 2TB
d. 2TB - 3TB
e. 3TB - 4TB
f. 4TB - 8TB
g. 8TB - 12TB
h. 12TB - 20TB
i. 20TB - 30TB
j. More than 30TB
k. None

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
a. WMC
b. WMC + Media Browser
c. XBMC
d. Plex
e. JRiver
f. My Movies
g. Media Portal
h. MPC-HC
i. Other

7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
a. Yes
b. No

8. What size HTPC do you use?
a. Mini-ITX
b. Micro-ATX
c. Full ATX

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
a. Yes, bluray
b. Yes, DVD
c. No

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired
b. USB Wireless
c. PCI/PCI-e Wireless
d. Its not connected

11. How large is your PSU?
a. 60-80 watts
b. 80-120 watts
c. 120-380 watts
d. 380-450 watts
e. 450-600 watts
f. More than 600 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
a. Yes, with a cablecard device
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device
c. No

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
a. $300 or less
b. $300 - $400
c. $400 - $500
d. $500 - $600
e. $600 - $800
f. $800 - $1000
g. $1000 - $1500
h. More than $1500

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
a. Yes, emulator (non-intensive graphics) gaming only
b. Yes, including modern intensive graphics gaming
c. No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
a. 1-2 years
b. 2-3 years
c. 3-4 years
d. 4-5 years
e. 5-10 years
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Here's my HTPC/Gaming PC (when I actually have the time to play games)

1. What operating system do you use?
b. Windows 7 64 bit


2. What platform do you prefer?
b. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge with 3D) (i5 2500K)


3. How much RAM do you use?
d. 8GB


4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII


5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
d. 1TB - 2TB (currently 1TB, hope to increase soon)


5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
k. None

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
b. WMC + Media Browser


7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
b. No (hopefully will be soon)

8. What size HTPC do you use?
b. Micro-ATX (Gigabyte: GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3)


9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
a. Yes, bluray


10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired

11. How large is your PSU?
e. 600 watts


12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device (HD Homerun)


13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
d. $500 - $600


14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
b. Yes, including modern intensive graphics gaming (as soon as I get a discrete graphics card. Most games are playable using built-in GPU on lower settings.)


15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
d. 4-5 years (Hopefully)
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1. What operating system do you use?
a. Windows 7 32 bit
b. Windows 7 64 bit
c. Windows XP
d. Mac OS
e. Linux
f. Other

2. What platform do you prefer?
a. AMD CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Llano with 3D capability)
b. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge with 3D)
c. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge without 3D)
d. AMD CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
e. AMD CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
f. Intel CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
g. Intel CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
h. Other AMD
i. Other Intel

3. How much RAM do you use?
a. 1GB
b. 2GB
c. 4GB
d. 8GB
e. 16GB
f. 32GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII
b. Yes, SATAIII
c. No

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
a. 30-64GB for OS mainly
b. 64-500GB
c. 500GB - 1TB
d. 1TB - 2TB
e. 2TB - 3TB
f. 3TB - 4TB
g. More than 4TB

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
a. 80-500GB
b. 500GB - 1TB
c. 1TB - 2TB
d. 2TB - 3TB
e. 3TB - 4TB
f. 4TB - 8TB
g. 8TB - 12TB
h. 12TB - 20TB
i. 20TB - 30TB
j. More than 30TB
k. None

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
a. WMC
b. WMC + Media Browser
c. XBMC
d. Plex
e. JRiver
f. My Movies
g. Media Portal
h. MPC-HC
i. Other

7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
a. Yes
b. No

8. What size HTPC do you use?
a. Mini-ITX
b. Micro-ATX
c. Full ATX

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
a. Yes, bluray
b. Yes, DVD
c. No

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired
b. USB Wireless
c. PCI/PCI-e Wireless
d. Its not connected

11. How large is your PSU?
a. 60-80 watts
b. 80-120 watts
c. 120-380 watts
d. 380-450 watts
e. 450-600 watts
f. More than 600 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
a. Yes, with a cablecard device
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device
c. No

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
a. $300 or less
b. $300 - $400
c. $400 - $500
d. $500 - $600
e. $600 - $800
f. $800 - $1000
g. $1000 - $1500
h. More than $1500

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
a. Yes, emulator (non-intensive graphics) gaming only
b. Yes, including modern intensive graphics gaming
c. No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
a. 1-2 years
b. 2-3 years
c. 3-4 years
d. 4-5 years
e. 5-10 years
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1. What operating system do you use?
a. Windows 7 32 bit
b. Windows 7 64 bit
c. Windows XP
d. Mac OS
e. Linux
f. Other

2. What platform do you prefer?
a. AMD CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Llano with 3D capability)
b. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge with 3D)
c. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge without 3D)
d. AMD CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
e. AMD CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
f. Intel CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
g. Intel CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
h. Other AMD
i. Other Intel

3. How much RAM do you use?
a. 1GB
b. 2GB
c. 4GB
d. 8GB
e. 16GB
f. 32GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII
b. Yes, SATAIII
c. No

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
a. 30-64GB for OS mainly
b. 64-500GB
c. 500GB - 1TB
d. 1TB - 2TB
e. 2TB - 3TB
f. 3TB - 4TB
g. More than 4TB

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
a. 80-500GB
b. 500GB - 1TB
c. 1TB - 2TB
d. 2TB - 3TB
e. 3TB - 4TB
f. 4TB - 8TB
g. 8TB - 12TB
h. 12TB - 20TB
i. 20TB - 30TB
j. More than 30TB
k. None

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
a. WMC
b. WMC + Media Browser
c. XBMC
d. Plex
e. JRiver
f. My Movies
g. Media Portal
h. MPC-HC
i. Other

7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
a. Yes
b. No

8. What size HTPC do you use?
a. Mini-ITX
b. Micro-ATX
c. Full ATX

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
a. Yes, bluray
b. Yes, DVD
c. No

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired
b. USB Wireless
c. PCI/PCI-e Wireless
d. Its not connected

11. How large is your PSU?
a. 60-80 watts
b. 80-120 watts
c. 120-380 watts
d. 380-450 watts
e. 450-600 watts
f. More than 600 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
a. Yes, with a cablecard device
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device
c. No

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
a. $300 or less
b. $300 - $400
c. $400 - $500
d. $500 - $600
e. $600 - $800
f. $800 - $1000
g. $1000 - $1500
h. More than $1500

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
a. Yes, emulator (non-intensive graphics) gaming only
b. Yes, including modern intensive graphics gaming
c. No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
a. 1-2 years
b. 2-3 years
c. 3-4 years
d. 4-5 years
e. 5-10 years
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1. What operating system do you use?
a. Windows 7 32 bit
b. Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
c. Windows XP
d. Mac OS
e. Linux
f. Other

2. What platform do you prefer?
a. AMD CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Llano with 3D capability)
b. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge with 3D)
c. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge without 3D)
d. AMD CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
e. AMD CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
f. Intel CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
g. Intel CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
h. Other AMD
i. Other Intel

3. How much RAM do you use?
a. 1GB
b. 2GB
c. 4GB
d. 8GB
e. 16GB
f. 32GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII
b. Yes, SATAIII
c. No

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
a. 30-64GB for OS mainly
b. 64-500GB
c. 500GB - 1TB
d. 1TB - 2TB
e. 2TB - 3TB
f. 3TB - 4TB
g. More than 4TB

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
a. 80-500GB
b. 500GB - 1TB
c. 1TB - 2TB
d. 2TB - 3TB
e. 3TB - 4TB
f. 4TB - 8TB
g. 8TB - 12TB
h. 12TB - 20TB
i. 20TB - 30TB
j. More than 30TB
k. None (yet)

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
a. WMC
b. WMC + Media Browser
c. XBMC
d. Plex
e. JRiver
f. My Movies
g. Media Portal
h. MPC-HC
i. Other

7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
a. Yes
b. No

8. What size HTPC do you use?
a. Mini-ITX
b. Micro-ATX
c. Full ATX

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
[b]a. Yes, bluray (2 of them)[b]
b. Yes, DVD
c. No

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired
b. USB Wireless
c. PCI/PCI-e Wireless
d. Its not connected

11. How large is your PSU?
a. 60-80 watts
b. 80-120 watts
c. 120-380 watts
d. 380-450 watts
e. 450-600 watts
f. More than 600 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
a. Yes, with a cablecard device
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device
c. No(t yet)

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
a. $300 or less
b. $300 - $400
c. $400 - $500
d. $500 - $600
e. $600 - $800
f. $800 - $1000
g. $1000 - $1500
h. More than $1500

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
a. Yes, emulator (non-intensive graphics) gaming only
b. Yes, including modern intensive graphics gaming
c. No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
a. 1-2 years
b. 2-3 years
c. 3-4 years
d. 4-5 years
e. 5-10 years

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1. What operating system do you use?
a. Windows 7 32 bit
b. Windows 7 64 bit
c. Windows XP
d. Mac OS
e. Linux
f. Other

2. What platform do you prefer?
a. AMD CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Llano with 3D capability)
b. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge with 3D)
c. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge without 3D)
d. AMD CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
e. AMD CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
f. Intel CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
g. Intel CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
h. Other AMD
i. Other Intel

3. How much RAM do you use?
a. 1GB
b. 2GB
c. 4GB
d. 8GB
e. 16GB
f. 32GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII
b. Yes, SATAIII
c. No

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
a. 30-64GB for OS mainly
b. 64-500GB
c. 500GB - 1TB
d. 1TB - 2TB
e. 2TB - 3TB
f. 3TB - 4TB
g. More than 4TB

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
a. 80-500GB
b. 500GB - 1TB
c. 1TB - 2TB
d. 2TB - 3TB
e. 3TB - 4TB
f. 4TB - 8TB
g. 8TB - 12TB
h. 12TB - 20TB
i. 20TB - 30TB
j. More than 30TB
k. None

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
a. WMC
b. WMC + Media Browser
c. XBMC
d. Plex
e. JRiver
f. My Movies
g. Media Portal
h. MPC-HC
i. Other

7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
a. Yes
b. No

8. What size HTPC do you use?
a. Mini-ITX
b. Micro-ATX
c. Full ATX

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
a. Yes, bluray
b. Yes, DVD
c. No

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired
b. USB Wireless
c. PCI/PCI-e Wireless
d. Its not connected

11. How large is your PSU?
a. 60-80 watts
b. 80-120 watts
c. 120-380 watts
d. 380-450 watts
e. 450-600 watts
f. More than 600 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
a. Yes, with a cablecard device
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device

c. No

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
a. $300 or less
b. $300 - $400
c. $400 - $500
d. $500 - $600
e. $600 - $800
f. $800 - $1000
g. $1000 - $1500
h. More than $1500

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
a. Yes, emulator (non-intensive graphics) gaming only
b. Yes, including modern intensive graphics gaming
c. No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
a. 1-2 years
b. 2-3 years
c. 3-4 years
d. 4-5 years
e. 5-10 years
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I have three HTPCs, so I'll answer three times.

1. What operating system do you use?
a. Windows 7 32 bit
b. Windows 7 64 bit
c. Windows XP
d. Mac OS
e. Linux
f. Other

2. What platform do you prefer?
a. AMD CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Llano with 3D capability)
b. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge with 3D)
c. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge without 3D)
d. AMD CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
e. AMD CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
f. Intel CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
g. Intel CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
h. Other AMD
i. Other Intel

3. How much RAM do you use?
a. 1GB
b. 2GB
c. 4GB
d. 8GB
e. 16GB
f. 32GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII
b. Yes, SATAIII
c. No

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
a. 30-64GB for OS mainly
b. 64-500GB
c. 500GB - 1TB
d. 1TB - 2TB
e. 2TB - 3TB
f. 3TB - 4TB
g. More than 4TB

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
a. 80-500GB
b. 500GB - 1TB
c. 1TB - 2TB
d. 2TB - 3TB
e. 3TB - 4TB
f. 4TB - 8TB
g. 8TB - 12TB
h. 12TB - 20TB
i. 20TB - 30TB
j. More than 30TB
k. None

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
a. WMC
b. WMC + Media Browser
c. XBMC
d. Plex
e. JRiver
f. My Movies
g. Media Portal
h. MPC-HC
i. Other

7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
a. Yes
b. No

8. What size HTPC do you use?
a. Mini-ITX
b. Micro-ATX
c. Full ATX

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
a. Yes, bluray
b. Yes, DVD
c. No

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired
b. USB Wireless
c. PCI/PCI-e Wireless
d. Its not connected

11. How large is your PSU?
a. 60-80 watts
b. 80-120 watts
c. 120-380 watts
d. 380-450 watts
e. 450-600 watts
f. More than 600 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
a. Yes, with a cablecard device
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device
c. No

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
a. $300 or less
b. $300 - $400
c. $400 - $500
d. $500 - $600
e. $600 - $800
f. $800 - $1000
g. $1000 - $1500
h. More than $1500

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
a. Yes, emulator (non-intensive graphics) gaming only
b. Yes, including modern intensive graphics gaming
c. No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
a. 1-2 years
b. 2-3 years
c. 3-4 years
d. 4-5 years
e. 5-10 years
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2nd system.

1. What operating system do you use?
a. Windows 7 32 bit
b. Windows 7 64 bit
c. Windows XP
d. Mac OS
e. Linux
f. Other

2. What platform do you prefer?
a. AMD CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Llano with 3D capability)
b. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge with 3D)
c. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge without 3D)
d. AMD CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
e. AMD CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
f. Intel CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
g. Intel CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
h. Other AMD
i. Other Intel

3. How much RAM do you use?
a. 1GB
b. 2GB
c. 4GB
d. 8GB
e. 16GB
f. 32GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII
b. Yes, SATAIII
c. No

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
a. 30-64GB for OS mainly
b. 64-500GB
c. 500GB - 1TB
d. 1TB - 2TB
e. 2TB - 3TB
f. 3TB - 4TB
g. More than 4TB

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
a. 80-500GB
b. 500GB - 1TB
c. 1TB - 2TB
d. 2TB - 3TB
e. 3TB - 4TB
f. 4TB - 8TB
g. 8TB - 12TB
h. 12TB - 20TB
i. 20TB - 30TB
j. More than 30TB
k. None

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
a. WMC
b. WMC + Media Browser
c. XBMC
d. Plex
e. JRiver
f. My Movies
g. Media Portal
h. MPC-HC
i. Other

7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
a. Yes
b. No

8. What size HTPC do you use?
a. Mini-ITX
b. Micro-ATX
c. Full ATX

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
a. Yes, bluray
b. Yes, DVD
c. No

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired
b. USB Wireless
c. PCI/PCI-e Wireless
d. Its not connected

11. How large is your PSU?
a. 60-80 watts
b. 80-120 watts
c. 120-380 watts
d. 380-450 watts
e. 450-600 watts
f. More than 600 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
a. Yes, with a cablecard device
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device
c. No

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
a. $300 or less
b. $300 - $400
c. $400 - $500
d. $500 - $600
e. $600 - $800
f. $800 - $1000
g. $1000 - $1500
h. More than $1500

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
a. Yes, emulator (non-intensive graphics) gaming only
b. Yes, including modern intensive graphics gaming
c. No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
a. 1-2 years
b. 2-3 years
c. 3-4 years
d. 4-5 years
e. 5-10 years[/quote]
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3rd system, rarely used, mostly for music. Atom/Ion system

1. What operating system do you use?
a. Windows 7 32 bit
b. Windows 7 64 bit
c. Windows XP
d. Mac OS
e. Linux
f. Other

2. What platform do you prefer?
a. AMD CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Llano with 3D capability)
b. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge with 3D)
c. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge without 3D)
d. AMD CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
e. AMD CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
f. Intel CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
g. Intel CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
h. Other AMD
i. Other Intel

3. How much RAM do you use?
a. 1GB
b. 2GB
c. 4GB
d. 8GB
e. 16GB
f. 32GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII
b. Yes, SATAIII
c. No

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
a. 30-64GB for OS mainly
b. 64-500GB
c. 500GB - 1TB
d. 1TB - 2TB
e. 2TB - 3TB
f. 3TB - 4TB
g. More than 4TB

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
a. 80-500GB
b. 500GB - 1TB
c. 1TB - 2TB
d. 2TB - 3TB
e. 3TB - 4TB
f. 4TB - 8TB
g. 8TB - 12TB
h. 12TB - 20TB
i. 20TB - 30TB
j. More than 30TB
k. None

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
a. WMC
b. WMC + Media Browser
c. XBMC
d. Plex
e. JRiver
f. My Movies
g. Media Portal
h. MPC-HC
i. Other

7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
a. Yes
b. No

8. What size HTPC do you use?
a. Mini-ITX
b. Micro-ATX
c. Full ATX

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
a. Yes, bluray
b. Yes, DVD
c. No

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired
b. USB Wireless
c. PCI/PCI-e Wireless
d. Its not connected

11. How large is your PSU?
a. 60-80 watts
b. 80-120 watts
c. 120-380 watts
d. 380-450 watts
e. 450-600 watts
f. More than 600 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
a. Yes, with a cablecard device
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device
c. No

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
a. $300 or less
b. $300 - $400
c. $400 - $500
d. $500 - $600
e. $600 - $800
f. $800 - $1000
g. $1000 - $1500
h. More than $1500

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
a. Yes, emulator (non-intensive graphics) gaming only
b. Yes, including modern intensive graphics gaming
c. No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
a. 1-2 years
b. 2-3 years
c. 3-4 years
d. 4-5 years
e. 5-10 years[/quote]
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1. What operating system do you use?
a. Windows 7 32 bit
b. Windows 7 64 bit
c. Windows XP
d. Mac OS
e. Linux
f. Other

2. What platform do you prefer?
a. AMD CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Llano with 3D capability)
b. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge with 3D)
c. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge without 3D)
d. AMD CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
e. AMD CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
f. Intel CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
g. Intel CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
h. Other AMD
i. Other Intel

3. How much RAM do you use?
a. 1GB
b. 2GB
c. 4GB
d. 8GB
e. 16GB
f. 32GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII
b. Yes, SATAIII
c. No

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
a. 30-64GB for OS mainly
b. 64-500GB
c. 500GB - 1TB
d. 1TB - 2TB
e. 2TB - 3TB
f. 3TB - 4TB
g. More than 4TB

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
a. 80-500GB
b. 500GB - 1TB
c. 1TB - 2TB
d. 2TB - 3TB
e. 3TB - 4TB
f. 4TB - 8TB
g. 8TB - 12TB
h. 12TB - 20TB
i. 20TB - 30TB
j. More than 30TB
k. None

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
a. WMC
b. WMC + Media Browser
c. XBMC
d. Plex
e. JRiver
f. My Movies
g. Media Portal
h. MPC-HC
i. Other

7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
a. Yes
b. No

8. What size HTPC do you use?
a. Mini-ITX
b. Micro-ATX
c. Full ATX

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
a. Yes, bluray
b. Yes, DVD
c. No

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired
b. USB Wireless
c. PCI/PCI-e Wireless
d. Its not connected

11. How large is your PSU?
a. 60-80 watts
b. 80-120 watts
c. 120-380 watts
d. 380-450 watts
e. 450-600 watts
f. More than 600 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
a. Yes, with a cablecard device
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device
c. No
d. Do you count a Colossus as a DVR device?

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
a. $300 or less
b. $300 - $400
c. $400 - $500
d. $500 - $600
e. $600 - $800
f. $800 - $1000
g. $1000 - $1500
h. More than $1500

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
a. Yes, emulator (non-intensive graphics) gaming only
b. Yes, including modern intensive graphics gaming
c. No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
a. 1-2 years
b. 2-3 years
c. 3-4 years
d. 4-5 years
e. 5-10 years
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1. What operating system do you use?
a. Windows 7 32 bit
b. Windows 7 64 bit
c. Windows XP
d. Mac OS
e. Linux
f. Other

2. What platform do you prefer?
a. AMD CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Llano with 3D capability)
b. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge with 3D)
c. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge without 3D)
d. AMD CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
e. AMD CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
f. Intel CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
g. Intel CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
h. Other AMD
i. Other Intel

3. How much RAM do you use?
a. 1GB
b. 2GB
c. 4GB
d. 8GB
e. 16GB
f. 32GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII
b. Yes, SATAIII
c. No

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
a. 30-64GB for OS mainly
b. 64-500GB
c. 500GB - 1TB
d. 1TB - 2TB 2-500gig: 1 for recorded tv,1 for movies,1-64gigSSD for OS
e. 2TB - 3TB
f. 3TB - 4TB
g. More than 4TB

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
a. 80-500GB
b. 500GB - 1TB
c. 1TB - 2TB
d. 2TB - 3TB
e. 3TB - 4TB
f. 4TB - 8TB
g. 8TB - 12TB
h. 12TB - 20TB
i. 20TB - 30TB
j. More than 30TB
k. None

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
a. WMC + PowerDVD 10 for Blu-ray(+3D)
b. WMC + Media Browser
c. XBMC
d. Plex
e. JRiver
f. My Movies
g. Media Portal
h. MPC-HC
i. Other

7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
a. Yes
b. No

8. What size HTPC do you use?
a. Mini-ITX
b. Micro-ATX
c. Full ATX

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
a. Yes, bluray
b. Yes, DVD
c. No

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired
b. USB Wireless
c. PCI/PCI-e Wireless
d. Its not connected

11. How large is your PSU?
a. 60-80 watts
b. 80-120 watts
c. 120-380 watts
d. 380-450 watts
e. 450-600 watts
f. More than 600 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
a. Yes, with a cablecard device
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device
c. No

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
a. $300 or less
b. $300 - $400
c. $400 - $500
d. $500 - $600
e. $600 - $800
f. $800 - $1000
g. $1000 - $1500
h. More than $1500

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
a. Yes, emulator (non-intensive graphics) gaming only
b. Yes, including modern intensive graphics gaming
c. No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
a. 1-2 years
b. 2-3 years
c. 3-4 years
d. 4-5 years
e. 5-10 years
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1. What operating system do you use?
a. Windows 7 32 bit
b. Windows 7 64 bit
c. Windows XP
d. Mac OS
e. Linux
f. Other

2. What platform do you prefer?
a. AMD CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Llano with 3D capability)
b. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge with 3D)
c. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge without 3D)
d. AMD CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
e. AMD CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
f. Intel CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
g. Intel CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
h. Other AMD
i. Other Intel

3. How much RAM do you use?
a. 1GB
b. 2GB
c. 4GB
d. 8GB
e. 16GB
f. 32GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII
b. Yes, SATAIII
c. No

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
a. 30-64GB for OS mainly
b. 64-500GB
c. 500GB - 1TB
d. 1TB - 2TB
e. 2TB - 3TB
f. 3TB - 4TB
g. More than 4TB

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
a. 80-500GB
b. 500GB - 1TB
c. 1TB - 2TB
d. 2TB - 3TB
e. 3TB - 4TB
f. 4TB - 8TB
g. 8TB - 12TB
h. 12TB - 20TB
i. 20TB - 30TB
j. More than 30TB
k. None

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
a. WMC
b. WMC + Media Browser
c. XBMC
d. Plex
e. JRiver
f. My Movies
g. Media Portal
h. MPC-HC
i. Other

7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
a. Yes
b. No

8. What size HTPC do you use?
a. Mini-ITX
b. Micro-ATX
c. Full ATX

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
a. Yes, bluray
b. Yes, DVD
c. No

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired
b. USB Wireless
c. PCI/PCI-e Wireless
d. Its not connected

11. How large is your PSU?
a. 60-80 watts
b. 80-120 watts
c. 120-380 watts
d. 380-450 watts
e. 450-600 watts
f. More than 600 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
a. Yes, with a cablecard device
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device
c. No

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
a. $300 or less
b. $300 - $400
c. $400 - $500
d. $500 - $600
e. $600 - $800
f. $800 - $1000
g. $1000 - $1500
h. More than $1500

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
a. Yes, emulator (non-intensive graphics) gaming only
b. Yes, including modern intensive graphics gaming
c. No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
a. 1-2 years
b. 2-3 years
c. 3-4 years
d. 4-5 years
e. 5-10 years
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1. What operating system do you use?
a. Windows 7 32 bit
b. Windows 7 64 bit
c. Windows XP
d. Mac OS
e. Linux
f. Other

2. What platform do you prefer?
a. AMD CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Llano with 3D capability)
b. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge with 3D)
c. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge without 3D)
d. AMD CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
e. AMD CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
f. Intel CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
g. Intel CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
h. Other AMD
i. Other Intel

3. How much RAM do you use?
a. 1GB
b. 2GB
c. 4GB
d. 8GB
e. 16GB
f. 32GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII
b. Yes, SATAIII
c. No

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
a. 30-64GB for OS mainly
b. 64-500GB
c. 500GB - 1TB
d. 1TB - 2TB
e. 2TB - 3TB
f. 3TB - 4TB
g. More than 4TB

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
a. 80-500GB
b. 500GB - 1TB
c. 1TB - 2TB
d. 2TB - 3TB
e. 3TB - 4TB
f. 4TB - 8TB
g. 8TB - 12TB
h. 12TB - 20TB
i. 20TB - 30TB
j. More than 30TB
k. None

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
a. WMC
b. WMC + Media Browser
c. XBMC
d. Plex
e. JRiver
f. My Movies
g. Media Portal
h. MPC-HC
i. Other

7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
a. Yes
b. No

8. What size HTPC do you use?
a. Mini-ITX
b. Micro-ATX
c. Full ATX

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
a. Yes, bluray
b. Yes, DVD
c. No

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired
b. USB Wireless
c. PCI/PCI-e Wireless
d. Its not connected

11. How large is your PSU?
a. 60-80 watts
b. 80-120 watts
c. 120-380 watts
d. 380-450 watts
e. 450-600 watts
f. More than 600 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
a. Yes, with a cablecard device
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device
c. No

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
a. $300 or less
b. $300 - $400
c. $400 - $500
d. $500 - $600
e. $600 - $800
f. $800 - $1000
g. $1000 - $1500
h. More than $1500

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
a. Yes, emulator (non-intensive graphics) gaming only
b. Yes, including modern intensive graphics gaming
c. No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
a. 1-2 years
b. 2-3 years
c. 3-4 years
d. 4-5 years
e. 5-10 years
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Multiple answers on some since I've got multiple HTPCs.

1. What operating system do you use?
a. Windows 7 32 bit
b. Windows 7 64 bit

c. Windows XP
d. Mac OS
e. Linux
f. Other

2. What platform do you prefer?
a. AMD CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Llano with 3D capability)
b. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge with 3D)
c. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge without 3D)
d. AMD CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
e. AMD CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
f. Intel CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
g. Intel CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
h. Other AMD
i. Other Intel

3. How much RAM do you use?
a. 1GB
b. 2GB
c. 4GB
d. 8GB

e. 16GB
f. 32GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII
b. Yes, SATAIII
c. No

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
a. 30-64GB for OS mainly
b. 64-500GB
c. 500GB - 1TB
d. 1TB - 2TB
e. 2TB - 3TB
f. 3TB - 4TB
g. More than 4TB

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
a. 80-500GB
b. 500GB - 1TB
c. 1TB - 2TB
d. 2TB - 3TB
e. 3TB - 4TB
f. 4TB - 8TB
g. 8TB - 12TB
h. 12TB - 20TB
i. 20TB - 30TB
j. More than 30TB
k. None

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
a. WMC
b. WMC + Media Browser
c. XBMC
d. Plex
e. JRiver
f. My Movies
g. Media Portal
h. MPC-HC
i. Other

7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
a. Yes
b. No

8. What size HTPC do you use?
a. Mini-ITX
b. Micro-ATX
c. Full ATX

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
a. Yes, bluray
b. Yes, DVD
c. No

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired
b. USB Wireless
c. PCI/PCI-e Wireless
d. Its not connected

11. How large is your PSU?
a. 60-80 watts
b. 80-120 watts
c. 120-380 watts
d. 380-450 watts
e. 450-600 watts
f. More than 600 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
a. Yes, with a cablecard device
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device
c. No

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
a. $300 or less
b. $300 - $400
c. $400 - $500
d. $500 - $600
e. $600 - $800
f. $800 - $1000
g. $1000 - $1500
h. More than $1500

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
a. Yes, emulator (non-intensive graphics) gaming only //PCSX2 (PS2 emulator) can be quite heavy on the GPU - this is why I have a GTX 460
b. Yes, including modern intensive graphics gaming
c. No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
a. 1-2 years
b. 2-3 years //upgradeable: I'd estimate after this time, replacing the main components (MB/CPU/RAM) would be more cost effective than upgrading.
c. 3-4 years
d. 4-5 years
e. 5-10 years //usable: It might not do all the fancy things that newer hardware might be able to but it should still do the basics just fine. Heck, the Core 2 Duo E8400 is now 4 years old and it's still a very capable CPU. I'd give it a few more years before mainstream programs would require a faster CPU.
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1. What operating system do you use?
a. Windows 7 32 bit
b. Windows 7 64 bit
c. Windows XP
d. Mac OS
e. Linux
f. Other

2. What platform do you prefer?
a. AMD CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Llano with 3D capability)
b. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge with 3D)
c. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge without 3D)
d. AMD CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
e. AMD CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
f. Intel CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
g. Intel CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
h. Other AMD
i. Other Intel

3. How much RAM do you use?
a. 1GB
b. 2GB
c. 4GB
d. 8GB
e. 16GB
f. 32GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII
b. Yes, SATAIII
c. No

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
a. 30-64GB for OS mainly
b. 64-500GB
c. 500GB - 1TB
d. 1TB - 2TB
e. 2TB - 3TB
f. 3TB - 4TB
g. More than 4TB

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
a. 80-500GB
b. 500GB - 1TB
c. 1TB - 2TB
d. 2TB - 3TB
e. 3TB - 4TB
f. 4TB - 8TB
g. 8TB - 12TB
h. 12TB - 20TB
i. 20TB - 30TB
j. More than 30TB
k. None

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
a. WMC
b. WMC + Media Browser
c. XBMC
d. Plex
e. JRiver
f. My Movies
g. Media Portal
h. MPC-HC
i. Other

7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
a. Yes
b. No

8. What size HTPC do you use?
a. Mini-ITX
b. Micro-ATX
c. Full ATX

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
a. Yes, bluray
b. Yes, DVD
c. No

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired
b. USB Wireless
c. PCI/PCI-e Wireless
d. Its not connected

11. How large is your PSU?
a. 60-80 watts
b. 80-120 watts
c. 120-380 watts
d. 380-450 watts
e. 450-600 watts
f. More than 600 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
a. Yes, with a cablecard device
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device
c. No

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
a. $300 or less
b. $300 - $400
c. $400 - $500
d. $500 - $600
e. $600 - $800
f. $800 - $1000
g. $1000 - $1500
h. More than $1500

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
a. Yes, emulator (non-intensive graphics) gaming only
b. Yes, including modern intensive graphics gaming
c. No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
a. 1-2 years
b. 2-3 years
c. 3-4 years
d. 4-5 years
e. 5-10 years
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1. What operating system do you use?
a. Windows 7 32 bit
b. Windows 7 64 bit
c. Windows XP
d. Mac OS
e. Linux
f. Other

2. What platform do you prefer?
a. AMD CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Llano with 3D capability)
b. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge with 3D)
c. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge without 3D)
d. AMD CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
e. AMD CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
f. Intel CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
g. Intel CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card
h. Other AMD
i. Other Intel

3. How much RAM do you use?
a. 1GB
b. 2GB
c. 4GB
d. 8GB
e. 16GB
f. 32GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII
b. Yes, SATAIII
c. No

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
a. 30-64GB for OS mainly
b. 64-500GB
c. 500GB - 1TB
d. 1TB - 2TB
e. 2TB - 3TB
f. 3TB - 4TB
g. More than 4TB

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
a. 80-500GB
b. 500GB - 1TB
c. 1TB - 2TB
d. 2TB - 3TB
e. 3TB
f. 4TB - 8TB- 4TB
g. 8TB - 12TB
h. 12TB - 20TB
i. 20TB - 30TB
j. More than 30TB
k. None

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
a. WMC
b. WMC + Media Browser
c. XBMC
d. Plex
e. JRiver
f. My Movies
g. Media Portal
h. MPC-HC
i. Other

7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
a. Yes
b. No

8. What size HTPC do you use?
a. Mini-ITX
b. Micro-ATX
c. Full ATX

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
a. Yes, bluray
b. Yes, DVD
c. No

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired
b. USB Wireless
c. PCI/PCI-e Wireless
d. Its not connected

11. How large is your PSU?
a. 60-80 watts
b. 80-120 watts
c. 120-380 watts
d. 380-450 watts
e. 450-600 watts
f. More than 600 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
a. Yes, with a cablecard device
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device
c. No

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
a. $300 or less
b. $300 - $400
c. $400 - $500
d. $500 - $600
e. $600 - $800
f. $800 - $1000
g. $1000 - $1500
h. More than $1500

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
a. Yes, emulator (non-intensive graphics) gaming only
b. Yes, including modern intensive graphics gaming
c. No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
a. 1-2 years
b. 2-3 years
c. 3-4 years
d. 4-5 years
e. 5-10 years
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It's still a work in progress... Just recently added to my existing HT.

1. What operating system do you use?
b. Windows 7 64 bit

2. What platform do you prefer?
a. AMD CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Llano with 3D capability)

3. How much RAM do you use?
c. 4GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
c. No

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
b. 64-500GB

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
d. 2TB - 3TB

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
a. WMC
c. XBMC


7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
a. Yes

8. What size HTPC do you use?
a. Mini-ITX

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
b. Yes, DVD

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
c. PCI/PCI-e Wireless

11. How large is your PSU?
b. 80-120 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
c. No

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
b. $300 - $400

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
c. No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
b. 2-3 years

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1. What operating system do you use?
a. Windows 7 32 bit

2. What platform do you prefer?
f. Intel CPU with discrete ATI graphics card

3. How much RAM do you use?
c. 4GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
a. 30-64GB for OS mainly

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
f. 4TB - 8TB

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
a. WMC
b. WMC + Media Browser


7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
b. No

8. What size HTPC do you use?
c. Full ATX

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
b. Yes, DVD

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired

11. How large is your PSU?
c. 120-380 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
d. $500 - $600

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
b. Yes, including modern intensive graphics gaming

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
c. 3-4 years
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1. What operating system do you use?
Windows 7 64 bit


2. What platform do you prefer?
AMD CPU with integrated GPU

3. How much RAM do you use?
4GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
No

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
500GB - 1TB

5. How much storage do you have connected via your network, server or NAS to your main HTPC?
3TB - 4TBB

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
WMC
JRiver


7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?
No

8. What size HTPC do you use?
Mini-ITX

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
Yes, DVD


10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
USB Wireless

11. How large is your PSU?
80-120 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
Yes, with a cablecard device

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
$500 - $600

14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
No, none at all

15. How long do you expect that your HTPC hardware will remain "usable" and "upgradeable"?
2-3 years
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