Originally Posted by blueiedgod
Most TV's are not fully functional 15 seconds from being turned on. So, what is the point of having an HTPC that is fully functional before the TV can dislay the image?
This is HTPC forum for PC's that are connected to TV's or Projectors. Most projectors, even the new LED ones, take about 30 seconds to become fully functional.
My TV and AV equipment are on in 15 seconds, probably less. The point is I'm used to having my HTPC available whenever I need it because currently I leave it on. If I go with separate media server, I'll turn it off more. The goal is to feel more like an appliance than a computer.
Originally Posted by Mfusick
@ OP I don't really have any advice for you. Your budget seemed too small and your project expectations seemed too large for me to offer any valuable input. Not saying you can't do it, but just I probably can't help. Sorry.
I'd suggest a NUC with Msata SSD for the OS but it's beyond your budget.
I meant to add that the budget was just for CPU, mobo, and RAM of the HTPC and it's negotiable. Additionally, it assumes that I convert the current system to a dedicated media server, if needed. I see people that build Atom + ION HTPCs and they seem perfectly content with the performance. My experience with these processors is from the first Netbooks that barely handled email so clearly I'm missing something there. The old Opteron 170 system I'm using now handles what I throw at it (except, randomly, streaming HD content from YT or Netflix even though it handles transcoding most 1080p content no problem) and someone's selling a near identical system on CL in my area for $125. Certainly I can build a system that can at least
read media files for under $300, and likely do more if this
is less than $300 and this
is only marginally more. (Side note: I assume either of those would be able to handle both jobs?)
I guess my issue is despite all my reading, browsing, etc, I'm still unsure what the Atom+ION systems are capable of and where the line is drawn on a more capable system. I'm confident an i3-3225, mobo, and 4gb of RAM can be had for under $250, would handle blu-ray and emulators, but would it be able to transcode while playing a movie locally? If not, then would an Atom system be able to play emulators usefully? If not, then I need something in the middle. If the i3-3225 is sufficient, does it produce too much heat for the case?