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Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-25-2015, 01:10 PM
Replies: 36
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Posted By MKANET
Yes, it's somewhat more cost effective go get a...

Yes, it's somewhat more cost effective go get a Tivo; but, X1 and Tivo aren't really the same thing; useability-wise/UI-wise. Neither is using setups with cablecard restrictions; for the obvious...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-24-2015, 04:57 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,940
Posted By MKANET
My advice... don't hang on to the past...

Hi captain_video,

I've had the chance to experience the very best that HTPC's had to offer since 2006 (SageTV + Quad R5000 tuners + media extenders + Plex). The only reason I did this was to...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-23-2015, 11:22 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 955
Posted By MKANET
Yes, most probably. Internet DVRs work "ok" with...

Yes, most probably. Internet DVRs work "ok" with popular TV shows. But, will run into the same News/Torrent quality/availability issues (even with multiple news server accounts+torrent). So,...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-23-2015, 08:58 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 955
Posted By MKANET
I recently switched to Comcast X1 TV cloud based...

I recently switched to Comcast X1 TV cloud based solution for ALL my current TV show needs. It's as modern as it gets. Just open up their full screen web-based UI to access any current TV show you...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-21-2015, 01:18 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 4,300
Posted By MKANET
Does anyone know if it's required to have an...

Does anyone know if it's required to have an existing Win 8.1 installation before the Win10 upgrade? Ideally, I'd like to start completely clean; only typing in my current Windows 8.1 Pro Key.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-20-2015, 12:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 193
Posted By MKANET
The "K" version of the i7-4790 runs up to 4.4Ghz...

The "K" version of the i7-4790 runs up to 4.4Ghz (from 4GHz) without me having to overclock anything. The non-K doesnt.

There's always going to be a faster CPU generation out, if I keep waiting. ...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-20-2015, 10:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 193
Posted By MKANET
Question Thinking about buying a i7-4790k/Z97 CPU workstation HTPC now; wait for Skylake?

I'm interested in building a gaming/HTPC/workstation intended for Win10/DirectX12 gaming (and creating/running ad-hoc HyperV Linux VMs and also copying/pasting/editing large images/photos.

It...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-14-2015, 06:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 951
Posted By MKANET
Yes, immediately after your recommendation. They...

Yes, immediately after your recommendation. They don't any any cases that can have a 5.25" bay in the consealed compartment. It looks like they just fabricate the faceplate to what I want; but I'd...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-14-2015, 04:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 951
Posted By MKANET
I specifically wanted a small touchscreen on the...

I specifically wanted a small touchscreen on the case to have virtual "buttons" on the case (for real use to common tasks; also for information display. I don't need yet another tablet cluttering...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-12-2015, 06:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 951
Posted By MKANET
Thanks, Im trying to figure out a solution...

Thanks, Im trying to figure out a solution without feeling Im settling for less. I can't hide it. I would like one that has at least one 5.25" bay (with a flip open cover for hotswap hdds). ...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-11-2015, 04:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 205
Posted By MKANET
The delay you experienced was most probably...

The delay you experienced was most probably caused the quality of the bluetooth devices you used. My over-the-ear Sony Bluetooth headset I bought 8 years ago (kind of pricy back then at $249) always...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-08-2015, 12:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 951
Posted By MKANET
Don't need multtouch. Just touch....wanted to...

Don't need multtouch. Just touch....wanted to make my own virtual buttons to common tasks. If anyone knows of a good case modder that can update the display to the case I want. I'd really appreciate...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-08-2015, 05:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 951
Posted By MKANET
CW03B has a VGA + USB just like all the other...

CW03B has a VGA + USB just like all the other cases. egalax's driver doesn't have real touchscreen drivers for Win8; just mouse emulation mode. Not even recommended by the manufacturer to install...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-07-2015, 10:30 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 951
Posted By MKANET
Hey Thanks stanger89! I did see their website;...

Hey Thanks stanger89! I did see their website; but didn't realize they could make custom cases too. I'll definitely send them a note.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-07-2015, 10:10 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 951
Posted By MKANET
Thanks so much. My first choice was the...

Thanks so much. My first choice was the SilverStone Crown CW03B; which is exactly what I wanted. The dealbreaker was no real touchscreen drivers under WIn8. Not sure, but it looks like they may...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-06-2015, 08:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 951
Posted By MKANET
Are there any new cool HTPC cases out?

Recently, I've been looking for top quality HTPC case for my next HTPC. After doing several searches on google, all I can find are the same old obsolete Silverstone/Moneual MonCaso cases (with old...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-22-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 581
Posted By MKANET
I mentioned "a significant" difference". :) Of...

I mentioned "a significant" difference". :) Of course, there's a subtle difference; but, it's perceptually more closer to the difference between a two identical displays (one displaying video with a...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-21-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 581
Posted By MKANET
Use an optical viewing distance calculator...

Not very many people realize this before buying smaller UHD displays.. but, on a 55" UHD display, for example, you'd have to sit 3.4 feet or 40.83" for you to even be able to take advantage of the...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-21-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 691
Posted By MKANET
I'll update my signature. I think it will make...

I'll update my signature. I think it will make you feel better to know, that my custom On Demand solution under SageTV worked fine, but was still IMO a bit clunky. I had to use another small LCD...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-21-2014, 09:22 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 691
Posted By MKANET
Thumbs up +1 another happy migrant from SageTV to Comcast X1

dcard, my upgrade path and experience is very similar to yours. A little while back, I decided to think outside the box for a TV/Movie solution for our family (focused core usefulness and...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   12-19-2014, 09:10 AM
Replies: 1,876
Views: 235,331
Posted By MKANET
You should swap out the box giving you trouble. ...

You should swap out the box giving you trouble. That's really the only way to know for certain it's a malfunctioning box or not.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-02-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 585
Posted By MKANET
I've personally used Dell's accidental damage...

I've personally used Dell's accidental damage warranty more than once in the past for my laptops (and an old desktop). They come to my home; and, service the PC with no hassle. I can't put a value...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-02-2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 585
Posted By MKANET
Win7 doesnt have hyperv.

Win7 doesnt have hyperv.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-02-2014, 11:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 585
Posted By MKANET
The below system looks pretty close to what I...

The below system looks pretty close to what I want ($1999 from Dell); except it would still need to buy another 3TB disk; and, format as RAID1 for data storage. Not sure if the CPU included is the K...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-02-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 585
Posted By MKANET
The i3-4360 looks like it makes sense. It looks...

The i3-4360 looks like it makes sense. It looks like for an addition $160, the "Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4.00GHz" has over double the PassMark performance 11288.

If I get a Desktop PC, it might as...
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