Sorry in advance for the crosspost, but I found this HTPC forum after I'd posted in the PZ85U Owners' thread earlier today.
I recently got a Panasonic 50PZ85U 50" plasma display.
I haven't decided on a home theater setup yet (won't go 5.1 surround, not enough room in my NYC apartment for that).
Will try to find high-end SMALL satellites+center+subwoofer;or a soundbar/subwoofer---still much research to do on this.(Like the Definitive Technology so far)
I initially set up my connections:
My Cablevision SA8300HD DVR goes HDMI>HDMI 1 on the TV(works great)
MY PHILIPS DVP5982/37upconverting DVD player goes HDMI>HDMI 2 on the TV(works fine for upconverted SD DVDs to 1080p)
My high-rise apt building's coaxial OTA antenna cable goes into ANTENNA 1 on the TV(does already receive many of the NYC region 1080i broadcasts)
I will be getting an AVR soon perhaps the Onkyo TX-SR705 7.1.
Question: is that I will build a cheap HTPC (I hope below $1000) with some different specs: NO gaming or media encoding and just light internet browsing
(I have 3 other PCs @ home for that.)(This HTPC will be for playing my CDs, .mp3s, FLACs, some .avis; some possible BluRay playback with a drive like the LITE-ON Black 12X DVD-ROM 32X CD-ROM SATA Blu-ray DVD-ROM Drive Model DH-4O1S-11 - OEM ;
with sound going from a PCI card like the HT OMEGA CLARO 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail
out to an AV Receiver thru an Optical S/PDIF OUT, and video going to connect with a DVI-to-HDMI cable to the TV, probably in HDMI 3 (since the PC will be placed on that side of the TV, just until I get the AVR).
In addition,since my building's roof antenna cable feeds me many OTA HDTV local stations, should I consider a TV tuner card to record the occasional HD show to my HDD? What card would you recommend? An s-video input to record my SVHS tapes to DVD would be a plus worth paying for.
Finally what would be the minimal Intel PCU to consider, My first thought was a Intel Pentium E2200 Allendale 2.2GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail but some forum experts seem to have BD playback issues with a low end CPU . Anyone recommend an big upgrade here to an Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 Allendale 2.2GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80557E4500 - Retail or Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail?
My parts list so far:
CASE: SILVERSTONE SST-SG01-B Black Aluminum MicroATX Desktop Computer Case - OEM (http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16811163050
MB: ASUS P5E-VM HDMI LGA 775 Intel G35 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail (http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813131237
POWER: CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX ATX12V V2.2 450W Power Supply
CPU: Intel Pentium E2200 Allendale 2.2GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail or E4500 or E8400? if necessary
MEMORY: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
BD:LITE-ON Black 12X DVD-ROM 32X CD-ROM SATA Blu-ray DVD-ROM Drive Model DH-4O1S-11 - OEM (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106227
SOUND:HT OMEGA CLARO 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829271002
KEYBOARD: Logitech diNovo Edge 2-Tone 84 Normal Keys 9 Function Keys USB Bluetooth Wireless Mini Keyboard - Retail
Many thanks for any help or comments.