Originally Posted by edorr
As I said I'm done troubleshooting and exchanging htpc war stories. I'm counting my losses, writing another check and expect a fully functional MCH and video capable machine. Then I hope installing Dirac won't blow it up. If it does, I'll pick up bridge as my new hobby.
Edorr, I thought about you the entire time I was build my HTPC. I did have some some set-backs. Novice, I damaged the CPU socket pins and had to pay 125.00 for a repair. Also, I bought a 500 watt power supply which was too small to run my GPU. The result was a damaged GPU, about a 250.00 loss after I sell everything for parts.
The good news is that I am thrilled with the performance that I am getting. The picture quality is awesome. I switched to a 1200 watt power supply with a fan to run an Asus R9 290x Directcu II GPU. The fan only comes on if it reaches a certain temperature. I've watched the fan, and even at 100% GPU usage, it has not been on once. Seasonic Platinum 1200.
The Prolimatech MK-26 GPU cooler with Prolimatech ULV14 fans is silent to my ears. I tested it just 2 feet away, with cover off and can not hear the fans. Now, I am not in a sound proofed room like my old set-up so that may change when I reduce ambient noise. I would be surprised as the distance that will be increased. For those without specially built walls, I can not fathom how you will be able to hear the fans. I guess some could hear the fans if their hearing is better than mine and they are able to pick out a less than 9db sound with typical 40db ambient noise present. I absolutely can not hear them. They are spinning at like 375 rpm which is like 9db or less. The fans are rated at 9db at 500 rpm. I am using GPU-Z to monitor the R9 290x.
I will do a shoot out with an Oppo 103 in a week or so but feel it's colossal waste of time. The madVR appears to be superior even with 1080p as it still offers improved chroma upsampling. When I switch back and forth between RO standard and the RO with madVR, nneid, with 1080i material the difference is pronounced. We will see how I feel after a direct shoot out. A buddy wants to see it so I'll go forward.
I think my first foray into 4K my just be a monitor for my desktop. That monitor should give me an idea how good madVr will be at upscaling 1080p to 4k and how powerful a GPU will be required.
Again my build is Asus Hero VII, Intel i7 4790k CPU, 16gb Kingston 2400mhz ram, Plextor M6e m.2 SSD http://www.plextoramericas.com/index...m2/m6e-m2-2280
Seasonic Platinum 1200 watt power supply with hybrid fan, basically fanless at my power levels, Nofan CR-95 fanless CPU cooler and Silverstone CW-02 case.