I am completely new to the world of HTPCs, although have built a few desktop PCs. I am contemplating my first HTPC build and have another post on here regarding the components I want to use, although a not getting any feedback.
Having read around a lot about HTPCs I am rapidly coming to the conclusion is it worth the hassle!! I don't want to spend all this money and spend all this time ripping my DVD/Bluray collection if the picture and sound is not as good as just sticking a disc into a Bluray player.
I guess I am concerned by all the posts regarding the 23.976 Hz issue and video juttering as most GPU cards or onboard graphics only support 24 Hz and not true 23.976. I think I read a post by Assassin somewhere that he was concerned that such posts might put people like me off even going there in the first place. I cannot pretend that I understand everything that has been said and how to deal with it, but am worried that it is beyond my capabilities in sorting out. I can just imagine my wife's face if I go ahead and finally get it done only for the video/audio not to work properly!
My situation is that I have a Panasonic Viera 100Hz 1920x1080p HD TV (TX-32LZD85). The TV manual also states that it supports 24p movie playback. I live in the UK so TV uses the PAL system.
Manual states it will take following input signals via hdmi
525 (480) / 60i
525 (480) / 60p
625 (576) / 50i
625 (576) / 50p
750 (720) / 60p
750 (720) / 50p
1,125 (1,080) / 60i
1,125 (1,080) / 50i
1,125 (1,080) / 60p
1,125 (1,080) / 50p
1,125 (1,080) / 24p
On the HTPC I planning on building I intend to use an i3 processor with HD3000 graphics (no video card as not interested in gaming). I will use XBMC as my front end. I want to bit stream audio via HDMI to my receiver for decoding (Sony STR-DA2400ES). I will also have a bluray writer/reader installed for playing standard disks, using either Total Media Theatre 5 or PowerDVD 12.
Can someone in simple terms tell me, even if in theory, whether this is all OK or if I can expect any problems? Am I worrying too much about this?
Sorry if my post seems a bit basic, but this is a steep learning curve. Thanks for any input.