Originally Posted by modena1230
Hello all I have a few questions in regards to building a home theater.
I've just purchased KEF Q900, Q600c Q300 and Q800ds for my speaker needs( I have a 12" Klipsch synergy sub).
I'm going to be buying an Onkyo TX-NR818 or similar receiver.
What I'd like to do is build a HTPC that will act as a Plex server (will take recommendations on other software). I like the plex server because I can stream to outside of the HTPC home network (i'll be setting up a DMZ for security).
Can you guys recommend a build for me? I'm looking to take advantage of the surround sound. Will the receiver be able to extrapolate 7.1 or grater from an HTPC? I'm guessing that I need a motherboard with minimally optical out or will simply HDMI suffice? Do I need a sound card?
The HTPC will be used for streaming Netflix, Hulu+ and Amazon OD, movie watching and PVR. Needs to be easy to use for mother in law.
Desired specs with in the build.
Budget for HTPC case and internals $500-$600.
Intel speeds above 2.6ghz
Asus or Asrock mobo
OTA tuner card for PVR ( I want to cut the cord!)
a case that will be able to hold 4 hdd and 1 ssd
a blue ray player (preferably one with playback software).
If no playback software software that can upconvert ripped DVD's
Will also be purchasing a new TV in the near future. Looking for 55-65" non-smart, non 3D TV sub 2000.00. Recommendations?
Oh one last thing any recommendations on a universal remote (also user friendly)?
Thank you all for your help.
Please let me know if I'm dreaming with trying to acquire what I want with my budget.
CNET just review the "BEST" plasma for the price. I dunno the size but it's pretty popular and within your size range. Personally, I prefer 70-80 inch tvs and with vizio releasing a 70 inch for 1700 I'd get that and then go on here and find good calibration settings.
I think it's here
I think the first one is it I'm not positive though but all of those are great tvs that I've seen before.
As for the rest of your requirements, will you be reencoding stuff you PVR? Because if not, I really dunno if intel is the best choice. You might be able to get away with a cheaper AMD APU and save some cash towards other components.
For cases, it's so subjective I highly suggest researching it. Some people like mini cases, some people want HTPC type cases, others just get a normal, good performance midtower and tuck it away.
As for easy interface, I've never used anything other than XBMC. Doesn't mean you can't use plex, but I love XBMC's layout. You can use a really simply interface like Quartz, if you want it to be very black and white. I use Aeon Nox. If a person cant understand how to navigate Aeon Nox once it's set up then I just don't get it.
Only downside to XBMC is that out the box it's pretty decent. To get it to be amazing though you need to sit with it, do some research, and a lot of google before you get everything you want. Everyone has such different goals when it comes to HTPC I feel like this is true fore veryone.
Remote, well if you're using XBMC, an android tablet. You get the full functionality of a tablet, and still a remote too. Wouldn't get anything else. Probably would use a Nexus 7, or some type of equivalent of that.
You're not dreaming with your budget if the remote isn't included. If it is, then still probably not. I'd need more specifics of whether you'd be doing any encoding with the machine.