So I'm getting a Panasonic 50 or 55" ST50 very soon and plan to either have a stand alone BluRay player or a PS3 for gaming and BluRay needs. (Girlfriend has the PS3 now so we need to shuffle things around, etc) and WiFi for Netflix via the TV, etc.
What I need to fill the gap is with DVR for Charter Digital Cable TV. I don't mind getting an mCableCard, in fact I want all the channels and not to worry about encryption now or later, etc. However, I really don't want to fork over the monthly fee (another!) for a TiVo DVR and I'm not terribly happy with Charter's DVR, especially if needing to add more space or what not.
I think this gear all fits together and I don't need anything extra, but if you could check over it that would be great! I want as CHEAP as possible since I just need HD DVR features and live TV. (It would be NICE to have 3D BluRay support (ripped content) to future proof but if that adds a huge extra amount then that's not needed)Jetway HBJC700C9J-H61-B Intel Socket LGA1155 Intel H61 Black Mini / Booksize Barebone SystemIntel Core i3-3220T Dual-Core Processor 2.8 Ghz 3MB Cache LGA 1155
SAMSUNG Spinpoint M8 ST1000LM024 1TB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/sCORSAIR 4GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333Ceton InfiniTV 4 USB: Quad-tuner external device for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, USB 2.0 Interface 5102-DCT04EX-USB
Would that kit be all I need for HD DVR functions? Would it be fast enough for 3D 1080p mkv's etc for the future? I'm a little concerned about the Jetway, the HDMI port doesn't say audio with it, is that just something in the standard that if you connect to a TV via HDMI it'll route the audio over it? Can you get cheaper then $563? (that package before tax)
I know I'll need to still put Windows on it but other then that, am I missing anything? Can Window's 8 go on there, or does everyone recommend staying with Windows 7 for the Windows Media Center? Do I need any extra software for DVR or live TV functions then Windows Media Center?
Edit: Also, if this does work, could I toss it in my equipment room and use a 4Gig Xbox 360 as an extender and get near same quality video for live TV and recorded TV? Does extending to the Xbox reencode from the media center or stream bit for bit? Can you schedule recordings from the Xbox? I'm starting to think I don't want a humming box with a hard drive in the same room and I have battery backup and cable drop next to all my networking equipment anyway, just need to know if I can schedule recordings from Xbox and if there isn't a quality hit when watching live TV, etc.