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post #91 of 118 Old 02-12-2012, 11:10 AM
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1. What operating system do you use?
b. Windows 7 64-bit in a few days.
f. Other < 4 years of trouble free Windows Vista 64-bit FTW>>


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

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?
c. 500GB - 1TB


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


6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
i. Other-WTF is a front end? I use actual software to play appropriate media. It's not hard...you use this thing called a mouse.

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

8. What size HTPC do you use?
c. Full 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?
b. USB Wireless

11. How large is your PSU?
f. More than 600 watts

12. Do you use your HTPC as a DVR?
c. No-but it has a HVR-2250, just in case

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
a. $300 or less

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"?
d. 4-5 years
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Are you collecting and compiling this data?

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Are you collecting and compiling this data?

Nope. Not yet anyway.
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Two dedicated HTPCs, this is my main one:

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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 (but I plan to upgrade, soon)

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 (and NTSC and QAM)
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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My main HTPC just turned six. I'm on my third GPU, but the heart remains an Intel P4 3.2 GHz single core on an Abit AW8-MAX board. Figured I'd have to move to a Sandybridge for 3D, but nope -- handles it just fine! So other then adding an SSD in the near future, I'm not sure what the true answer for #15 is going to be.
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My main HTPC just turned six. ... I'm not sure what the true answer for #15 is going to be.

One of my HTPCs is an old P4 I originally bought about ten years ago. A couple years ago I got a new video card for it and recycled it as a bedroom HTPC. I think we've reached the point where "HTPC duties" are relatively lightweight compared to current hardware capabilities, so it's very hard to know if/when they will need to be upgraded without knowing what the future will bring. I remember always looking forward to the improvements that new technologies brought (like DD, HD, etc.), but we've actually reached the point where I'm fairly satisfied with everything... I feel that for the most part, it's "good enough" that I'm not jonesing for the next big thing. Or maybe I'm just getting older. The only thing I'm really looking forward to now is huge, cheap, solid state drives (the 20+ spinning disks taking up the entire corner of a room and consuming $15-$20/month of electricity seems very low tech to me), and the software progressing to a point where getting everything working well in an HTPC is easy, not magic.

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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?
b. Windows 7 64 bit

2. What platform do you prefer?
b. Intel CPU with integrated GPU (i.e. Sandy Bridge with 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?
a. 64GB for OS
d. 2TB for media

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

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?
f. $800 - $1000

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"?
e. 5-10 years
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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?

b. 500GB - 1TB

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

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?

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?

a. $300 or less

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"?

c. 3-4 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
Yes with a PCI Tuner card (ATI Theatre 650) on cable

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 onboard Radeon 4250
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 3 HTPCs

1. What operating system do you use?
c. Windows XP x3

2. What platform do you prefer?
d. AMD CPU with discrete ATI graphics card x2
e. AMD CPU with discrete NVidia graphics card x1


3. How much RAM do you use?
a. 1.5GB x1
b. 2GB x1
c. 3GB x3


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

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
a. 30-64GB for OS mainly x1
b. 64-500GB x2


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

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

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

8. What size HTPC do you use?
a. Mini-ITX x1
b. Micro-ATX x2


9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
b. Yes, DVD x3

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired x3

11. How large is your PSU?
c. 120-380 watts x1
d. 380-450 watts x1
f. More than 600 watts x1


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

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
h. More than $1500

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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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)

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

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

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
d. 1TB - 2TB (60GB SSD + 1TB WD Green for recordedTV)

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)?
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?
b. Yes, DVD (Rip Blu-rays with my laptop.)


10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired (Gigabit LAN throughout house)

11. How large is your PSU?
d. 380-450 watts

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

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"?
b. 2-3 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, SATA III

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 - of course, once I finally get a receiver this will change

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 - gigabit!
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 - also use a Roku for easy 10' interface to netflix and amazon

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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good post

Thanks. I am going to let it run for a while and then will compile the numbers.
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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)


3. How much RAM do you use?
2-4GB depending which HTPC

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
SataIII SSD for one HTPC and 2TB WD HD for the other

5. How much storage do you have internally in your main HTPC?
SSD PC - 64GB; the HD one has 6Tb (3x2Tb)

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)?
a. WMC for Live TV; VLC for karaoke


7. Is bitstreaming HD Audio important to you?

b. No

8. What size HTPC do you use?
main one is micro ATX; others ITX

9. Do you have an optical drive in your main HTPC?
a. Yes, bluray main one; none in others

10. How is your HTPC connected to your network/internet?
a. Wired for main one; wireless for the other

11. How large is your PSU?
Main - 400W; other is 150W

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?

g. $1000 main pc; the other $450


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"?
a. 1-2 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

I alternate between AMD 5670 and Nvidia GT440, mostly because I can. And I have no preference for AMD or Intel for CPU/MB. I really do not see the CPU to be of major importance for ME in an HTPC, it just needs to do the job without issues. Mine does.

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 But the MB/CPU are Intel G35 and E6300 Wolfsdale CPU scavenged from SO's computer when I upgraded hers.
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 - I have 8 TB of hard drives internal to my HTPC.

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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Noting that my HTPC is also my primary home laptop (docked for DVI output).

1. What operating system do you use?
b. Windows 7 64 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?
c. 500GB - 1TB


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


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

i. Other

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

8. What size HTPC do you use?
d. Thinkpad T400

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

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?
b. Yes, with a OTA tuner device

13. What was the total cost of the hardware (excluding the OS) for your main HTPC?
g. $1000 - $1500


14. Do you do gaming on your HTPC?
a. Yes, emulator (non-intensive graphics) gaming only

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?
b. Windows 7 64 bit

2. What platform do you prefer?
f. Intel CPU with discrete ATI graphics card
Trick question, I prefer Intel CPU + integrated graphics (no 3D), but for better 23.976 fps, I'm doing Intel CPU + AMD/ATI discrete graphics.

3. How much RAM do you use?
e. 16GB

4. Do you use a SSD for your OS?
a. Yes, SATAII -- Actually, 2x in a RAID stripe

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?
g. 8TB - 12TB

6. What do you use as your front end (more than one answer is allowed for this question)?
i. Other -- Mix of TMT5, PDVD11, and some WMP

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

8. What size HTPC do you use?
b. Micro-ATX -- with a low profile case

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?
h. More than $1500

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

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

Bazinga!

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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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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?
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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