I'm new to the HTPC scene, but am super excited to build one to get rid of my stupid cable STB!! This cheap build is meant strictly to replace the Cablebox. I do not rip movies and already have a PS3 for blu-ray capabilities.
With that said, I am looking to build a cheap one based off of the following CPU/GPU's listed below. I tried Googling my questions but the information is too scattered.
- Pentium 4 G620 (GPU: Intel HD2000)
- AMD Llano A-3400 (GPU: Radeon 6410D)
When it comes to navigating Windows Media Center, XBMC or MediaBrowser, should I be concerned with "menu smoothness" at all if I were to choose one of these CPU's? I know having an SSD makes a huge difference when navigating through WMC/XBMC, but am wondering if the GPU in either scenario will deter this navigation quality.Question 2:
If I go with the Ceton InfiniTV 4, is either CPU going to make the cut? I keep hearing the rule of thumb that for each Tuner, you need a Core. So 4 tuners = Quad-Core?Question 3:
Is there a way to "upscale" Cable TV feeds through Windows Media Center? My provider (Cablevision) provides feeds at 720p/1080i, but would like to explore any potential to upscale the image to 1080p. Frankly, the image is pretty compressed (very pixelated/blocky) so it would be nice to get at least a bump in quality, if possible.Question 4:
I have the wildly popular Panasonic GT25. Is there anything that I should know with regards to deinterlacing or the 23.9/29.9 framerate bugs? Would one CPU's GPU be better for Picture Quality? Perhaps going the Discrete Card route would be best?
P.S. I want to thank Assassin for his HTPC guide! That thing is like the Bible for n00bs!!