The big bad PC that was my family's HTPC went off to college last fall with our youngest child. We've been missing it!
I want to build a new HTPC. This one will go in the TV stand under the TV, and will plug into our Denon A/V receiver via HDMI. Our other HTPC acted as a media server for our network. I'll stuff some big hard drives into the new one for storage of music, video, photos and movies.
I want to play BD quality movies from media and from ripped/downloaded files. Our cable TV provider will not sell cable cards, so can't use the box as a DVR sadly. We won't be gaming on this box. I'd like to be able to run the thing with my Harmony (can't remember the version) remote. I want it to be very quiet - we have an Xbox 360, and it's too noisy for my tastes.
I am an IT guy, but my skills and experience are all in the realm of business networks etc. My head is a little full of all that crap to do a deep dive into HTPC tech, so I am looking for a little advice. I have access to any hardware I want, and my company is a Microsoft Parter, so I have a copy of Windows 8 at my disposal.
I was thinking of using an i3 - 4120 CPU, 4GB of ram, and an SSD for the OS, a 3-4 TB HDD for media. I'm a fan of Asus motherboard, so would like to stick them for a M/B.
Does the integrated video on this CPU allow me to play HD content efficiently?
I have owned many AMD processors in the past as well, is there a strong case to be made for using an AMD processor instead of the i3 - 4130?
Which motherboard suits HTPC use best?
I am having a hard time finding a case, seems like most manufacturer's think HTPCs are old news. What is reccomended/available these days?
Thanks for your input!
Media room- LG 4K OLED EG9600, Pioneer Elite VSX-90, Samsung 4K K8500, Klipsch Gallery G28's, Klipsch Sub 12, Klipsch RS-52 II, Optik HD cable
Living room- Sony 4K 79XBRX900B, Onkyo RC-360,HTPC, Klipsch Reference R-62II, Rc52II,PS4
Gaming room -Panasonic ST60, PS3, Wii
But I agree that it is a strong possibility that since he uses the term "sell" rather than "rent" or "provide" is the cause of the confusion (if they were not in the US I don't think cablecards would have been brought up but some people don't realize that as some canadian providers do use them as they use the same cisco and moto boxes but won't give them out and there are a few other countries that do the same but generally cablecard is a US thing.
The build will consist of:
Asus H87M-E Motherboard
8GB of Kingston 1600Mhz DDR3 RAM
Sandisk 128GB SSD
WD 3TB Green HDD
Logitech K400 Wireless K/B with touch-pad
I have an Antec 300 Case with a nice quiet Asus 440 W power supply in the parts pile at my shop. I really want a Silverstone GD04b, but they are hard to find up here in Canada. I would buy the GD06B, but the door on the front covers the USB ports, which I will be using for remote control transceivers. Anyone use that case? Comments?