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post #14551 of 15901
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Yes. The Goliath server that I built used less than 150w at peak and about 75w at playback. Similar build.
What CPU?

Not enough SATA plugs, only comes with 4, the Seasonic S12 430B would be a better choice, comes with 6.
post #14552 of 15901
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Yes. The Goliath server that I built used less than 150w at peak and about 75w at playback. Similar build.
What CPU?
The Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz as reccommended in the guide.
post #14553 of 15901
Other than a recent cooked parity drive which is totally just a failure of the drive it self .... Goliath has been serving me well !! The G620 is a real trooper and I have not ran into anything it would not do.

This is my "go to" psu... I now own four of them of various sizes . they are modular , quiet and never give me issues .

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703034

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703035
Edited by flocko - 10/14/12 at 4:38pm
post #14554 of 15901
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Originally Posted by Tiddles88 View Post

Not enough SATA plugs, only comes with 4, the Seasonic S12 430B would be a better choice, comes with 6.

Well , I had no issues with some cool extension cables that turned one port into six . At about 10 watts per hdd I fail to see the issue
post #14555 of 15901
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Tiddles88 View Post

Not enough SATA plugs, only comes with 4, the Seasonic S12 430B would be a better choice, comes with 6.

That isn't a reason not to get any particular PSU.
post #14556 of 15901
One more question for the forum.

I am just realizing what "no Remote Desktop" in Home meant!!!

I have a downstairs computer with no monitor. I want to be able to dial into it and set it up and work from my computer upstairs for maintenance.

Home edition Win 7 is installed on both.

Any seamless programs that run all the time in the backgrounds I can dial into the HTPC?
post #14557 of 15901
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by colleycol View Post

The Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz as reccommended in the guide.

Yes, it will be fine. The G620 is a great CPU for a server.
post #14558 of 15901
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Originally Posted by colleycol View Post
Any seamless programs that run all the time in the backgrounds I can dial into the HTPC?

https://secure.logmein.com/welcome/freeremotecontrola/?gclid=CPjO0-7lgbMCFQme4AodyQ0A5A&wt.srch=1&utpk=pcanywhere&destination=/welcome/freeremotecontrola/&originid=75559&opt=uscomp&ef_id=qANAxkNIYWYAAH5nAxEAAAAO:20121015004622:s

 

Free version should be fine for your needs. We use it to access our office remotely.

post #14559 of 15901
I have priced and I am ready to buy the follwing HTPC components for $628.22, based primarily (but not completely) on Assassin's recommendations. I have an unused license for Windows XP Professional to install on the system, which I intend to upgrade to Windows 8 with WMC. I would appreciate suggestions regarding this build. Am I forgetting anything? Has anyone had problems with any of these components?

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
ASRock H77 Pro4-M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
SilverStone Aluminum/Steel Micro ATX Media Center/HTPC Case ML03B (Black)
PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 400W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply
LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner,3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM
Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 with Built-In Multi-Touch Touchpad (920-003070)
Western Digital 2 TB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare or OEM Drives WD20EFRX

I have a SiliconDust HDHomerun Prime and intend to buy several Xbox 360s and/or Ceton Echos for extenders. I haven't built a PC in about 8 years, so it's likely that I will make some mistakes. I will appreciate any constructive input.

Thanks,
HTCoveter
post #14560 of 15901
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by HTcoveter View Post

I have priced and I am ready to buy the follwing HTPC components for $628.22, based primarily (but not completely) on Assassin's recommendations. I have an unused license for Windows XP Professional to install on the system, which I intend to upgrade to Windows 8 with WMC. I would appreciate suggestions regarding this build. Am I forgetting anything? Has anyone had problems with any of these components?
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
ASRock H77 Pro4-M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
SilverStone Aluminum/Steel Micro ATX Media Center/HTPC Case ML03B (Black)
PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 400W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply
LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner,3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM
Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 with Built-In Multi-Touch Touchpad (920-003070)
Western Digital 2 TB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare or OEM Drives WD20EFRX
I have a SiliconDust HDHomerun Prime and intend to buy several Xbox 360s and/or Ceton Echos for extenders. I haven't built a PC in about 8 years, so it's likely that I will make some mistakes. I will appreciate any constructive input.
Thanks,
HTCoveter

That's a really thin case for micro-ATX. Is there any particular reason that you are using it? You have to be very careful about the PSU depth and ram height in that case. I like the Grandia series cases better for HTPC because they are much easier to cool and take a wider range of parts. I think they look great too sitting right under my Denon AV receiver.
post #14561 of 15901
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Originally Posted by cburbs View Post

I think the big thing for choosing extenders depends on how you want to handle sharing your TV Shows.
1) If you keep the shows in standard format(no conversion) on your main HTPC then the Ceton Echo or a small htpc or your xbox 360 are your only true extenders available.
2) If you plan on converting your TV shows from your main htpc and just using MediaBrowser on that then you have other options for MediaPlayers depending on what type of gui you want.
Appletv, WD TV products, Popcornhour, Dune, etc
List of Media Players
Hd Media Players and Smart tv
If you just want a box to run XBMC as your front end a few new options are–
G-Box Midnight
Smart TV Box
Just throwing some ideas out there for you......

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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Read the entire guide. I show you where to find the key. Many many people have been using MakeMKV while in Beta for years in this manner. If you want to pay for MakeMKV you are always free to do so.
http://www.makemkv.com/buy/

I spent the day going through the guides, and playing with Media Center and Media Browser. The guides are a great help, getting me oriented and working in a productive path. I was left mostly positive, but not sure I can accomplished what I want. Media Center and Media Browser are generally very attractive. Playing ripped mkvs, DVD rips and ISOs generally worked as I hoped. auto-fetch of meta-data by MB was great. Connecting to my Xbox was easy, and suggests a nice remote-control experience.


But It's clear that it will take a month or three of weekends to configure a system. And I still have no idea how to stream ripped movies to the Xbox that.



Unfortunately, the whole of media management is still a mess, built on a kludged foundation of marginally supported free software.

Auto Rip n Compress doesn't seem to work quite right. It no longer works with AnyDVD, apparently. It doesn't find DVDFab properly; you can edit the INI file. But it deletes the fix, and you have to re-edit it, if you run the external Settings app. And it was erratic with MakeMKV (in a test of four discs, it worked twice, crashed Media Center once, and barfed on a disc once). And I could never get it to automatically start rip when a disc was inserted.

TV sets...it seems like there's simply no automatic solution. You have to manually rip and rename. Ok.

As I said, I couldn't get movies to stream to the Xbox. And googling found me nothing for getting ISO rips to stream to Xbox specifically. Obviously, people do it. But it seems the tools are software hacks, abandoned since 2009? I didn't get warm fuzzies on watching movies on anything outside the main HTPC.

I suppose I can live without that if not possible. Extender-based DVR is more important.



I see the trade-offs better between full rips and feature-only encodes. The full rip gives everything, but you're again dealing with the clumsiness and sluggishness and user-hostility of DVD menus. The feature-only encodes make a more streamlined experience in MB; but at the loss of all special features and commentaries. That may just require setting up a system, and seeing how I use it, to pick the best solution.


Hope to spend some more time next weekend playing with this. I'd like to try and configure my Harmony One to control Media Center. And if I could the Xbox to do stream movies, that would be great. I also would see how multi-disc movies can work in MB.
post #14562 of 15901
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

That's a really thin case for micro-ATX. Is there any particular reason that you are using it? You have to be very careful about the PSU depth and ram height in that case. I like the Grandia series cases better for HTPC because they are much easier to cool and take a wider range of parts. I think they look great too sitting right under my Denon AV receiver.[/quote

Well i would have gotten the same case to based on your initial post in your htpc build guide. You praised it very highly. But that was two years ago and things could have changed.
post #14563 of 15901
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Originally Posted by colleycol View Post

One more question for the forum.
I am just realizing what "no Remote Desktop" in Home meant!!!
I have a downstairs computer with no monitor. I want to be able to dial into it and set it up and work from my computer upstairs for maintenance.
Home edition Win 7 is installed on both.
Any seamless programs that run all the time in the backgrounds I can dial into the HTPC?

There are some RDP Hacks for win7 home - Links
post #14564 of 15901
Hey everyone,

I've been planning to build a new server/HTPC for some time now, and after reading some of Assassin's excellent guides, I have some questions. So currently, I have an aging WHS v1 that has been trying to kick the bucket. On that, I have my media collection, as well as personal pictures, documents, etc. My streaming right now is limited to my PS3/Xbox 360 in the family room, a bluray player that allows DLNA streaming in the master bedroom, and an iPad/iPhone when not at home. I've already run Cat 6 throughout the house, so everything is wired that can be. I'd eventually like to expand to at least another room and potentially to 1-2 family members not living in my house.

I was considering building a system similar to the one listed at: http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=131865 but without the extra SATA card. Overall, I don't really need a ton of space (5-6 drives max), and the small form factor would allow it to sit happily near the TV in the family room and would make the wife happy as larger cases are "unsightly". I know the processor is overkill, but I like the idea of having a fast processor for transcoding my media to a compatible format for the Apple devices and the PS3 and possibly ripping/encoding Blurays. The plan was originally to use it with WHS 2011 and Flexraid, so I could do backups of my home desktop and wife's laptop using the built in software, but honestly I'm not sure if using Crashplan to backup those computers to both the cloud and to the server would be the better option. That would allow me to simply put Windows 7 or 8 on the computer, and bypass the WHS 2011 compatibility problems with UEFI/GPT, which essentially limits backing up any newer computers or drives >2TB (though I would lose the potential for bare metal restores from what I understand by not having WHS).

So in light of all of this, I have a few questions based on the build mentioned above...

1. What would be the optimal role of this computer? Would it be best utilized as a headless server, or as a combined HTPC and media/file server? My biggest concern with using it as a HTPC and server would be the reduced security (higher chance of getting a virus that corrupts the data or the family accidentally deleting something off of it). On the flip side, I'd rather not build or buy a separate NAS to house personal or important documents if I'm already going to have a server with redundancy and that can be backed up to the cloud with Crashplan.

2. What OS would you recommend? Overall, I'd rather stay away from non-Windows based OS's as I don't have much familiarity with them and don't have the time to learn an entirely new system. I could go with Windows Server Essentials 2012 as the successor to WHS, but I honestly don't think I know enough about domains and networks to troubleshoot it properly (plus it's 450 bucks!). That leaves me with WHS 2011 or Windows 7/8. WHS 2011 has the backup problems mentioned above and also has potential compatibility issues being based on Windows Server 2008. Windows 8 has some nice features, but storage spaces is rather worthless given its inability to rebalance the drives, and I'll be using Flexraid anyway, which takes away the main advantage of Windows 8 over 7 from what I see.

3. Does having the faster processor in the server change the requirements of the future HTPCs in the other rooms? In other words, is it possible to have the server do the brunt of the CPU overhead and have a low powered, cheap system connected to the TV?

Any ideas or responses would be most welcome!

Thanks.
post #14565 of 15901
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Originally Posted by cburbs View Post

There are some RDP Hacks for win7 home - Links

Awesome, thanks!!!
post #14566 of 15901
Assassin,

Thank you for your extremely helpful guides and advice. My case selection was an attempt to get the best value for my money. Here is a revised configuration with a total cost of $649.24, based on your recommendation:

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz, $190.68 total from Microcenter

ASRock H77 Pro4-M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard, $63.59 total from Microcenter

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600, $40.00 total from Newegg

Silverstone Tek GD05B-USB3.0 Aluminum/Steel Micro ATX HTPC Computer Case with 2X USB3.0 Front Ports Cases (Black), $95.00 total from Amazon

PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 400W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply, $49.99 after rebate from Newegg

LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner,3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM, $69.99 total from Newegg

Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB SATA III 64 MB Cache Bare/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD30EZRX, $139.99 total from Amazon

I currently have media stored on a WD Element 1TB external HD attached to a Linksys EA4500 router. I access the media on this drive wirelessly from laptops using Mediabrowser and connect the laptops to HDTVs in my home via HDMI. I have a networked SiliconDust HD Homerun Prime. This setup is suboptimal, because: 1) some TV recordings are only accessible from the laptop on which they are recorded; 2) Not all TVs in my home have HDMI inputs; 3) when the laptops are used for TV viewing, they are not available for other purposes.

I intend to eliminate cable company equipment rental fees, by replacing my cable company DVR with this HTPC and replacing my cable boxes with extenders. The HTPC will connect to my ea4500 router to serve media to several extenders. I am interested in Ceton Echo extenders for their MoCa capability, as several TVs are near RG6 outlets but are not near a Cat 5/Cat 6 outlet.

I expect that it will take 2 years for the cable bill savings to pay back the cost of the HTPC and extenders. I also expect I will have more functionality and media choices at each of the TVs in my home than I currently have.

Do you anticipate that I will have any difficulties setting up the system with Windows XP Professional, then upgrading to Windows 8 with WMC? Are the any obvious pitfalls that I haven't yet anticipated? Would adding an SSD for the operating system be worth the investment for my purposes?

Again, many thanks.
post #14567 of 15901
At Micro center today trying to price together my HTPC build. My build will be simple, I do not need 3D, i don't even know what over clocking means. I was going in looking for the Intel 620 pentium. It seems it would have more than enough power for my build and was inexpensive. While shopping here are a few things that I was turn onto by the sales assoicate... i do realize that they work on commission.

- Micro center has a deal on if I purchased the Intel Core I3 3225 K for $109.99, i could get this for GA-Z77-DS3H LGA 1155 for $59.99. While in the end, I will probably paying about 15 bucks more than purchasing the 620 and the motherboard seperately. My question is while i know one of the benefits would be future proofing, I am curious as to how much power will i essentially be not using by going with this combo. Conversely, would there be any noticeble difference when viewing my HTPC.

Secondly, he informed me about getting a sound card. he did mentioned the the cpu would be able to do the sound processing on its own, but having the seperate soun d card would be one less thing that the cpu would have to do thus prolonging the life in theory. BTW I will be hooking up my HTPC to my reciever which as all the upconverting of sound that I will need. Therefore is the $40 dollar investment worth it?

Thanks
post #14568 of 15901
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by HTcoveter View Post

Assassin,
Thank you for your extremely helpful guides and advice. My case selection was an attempt to get the best value for my money. Here is a revised configuration with a total cost of $649.24, based on your recommendation:
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz, $190.68 total from Microcenter
ASRock H77 Pro4-M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard, $63.59 total from Microcenter
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600, $40.00 total from Newegg
Silverstone Tek GD05B-USB3.0 Aluminum/Steel Micro ATX HTPC Computer Case with 2X USB3.0 Front Ports Cases (Black), $95.00 total from Amazon
PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 400W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply, $49.99 after rebate from Newegg
LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner,3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM, $69.99 total from Newegg
Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB SATA III 64 MB Cache Bare/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD30EZRX, $139.99 total from Amazon
I currently have media stored on a WD Element 1TB external HD attached to a Linksys EA4500 router. I access the media on this drive wirelessly from laptops using Mediabrowser and connect the laptops to HDTVs in my home via HDMI. I have a networked SiliconDust HD Homerun Prime. This setup is suboptimal, because: 1) some TV recordings are only accessible from the laptop on which they are recorded; 2) Not all TVs in my home have HDMI inputs; 3) when the laptops are used for TV viewing, they are not available for other purposes.
I intend to eliminate cable company equipment rental fees, by replacing my cable company DVR with this HTPC and replacing my cable boxes with extenders. The HTPC will connect to my ea4500 router to serve media to several extenders. I am interested in Ceton Echo extenders for their MoCa capability, as several TVs are near RG6 outlets but are not near a Cat 5/Cat 6 outlet.
I expect that it will take 2 years for the cable bill savings to pay back the cost of the HTPC and extenders. I also expect I will have more functionality and media choices at each of the TVs in my home than I currently have.
Do you anticipate that I will have any difficulties setting up the system with Windows XP Professional, then upgrading to Windows 8 with WMC? Are the any obvious pitfalls that I haven't yet anticipated? Would adding an SSD for the operating system be worth the investment for my purposes?
Again, many thanks.

You are welcome.

Your build looks excellent. I would recommend getting a 128GB SSD if you can swing it. You would actually come out at only slightly more money if you would decrease your CPU to the i3-3225 which is still plenty of CPU for HTPC and will save you about $50 or so. I currently prefer Windows 7 over Windows 8 although for full disclosure I haven't played with Win8 enough to give it a fair shake.
post #14569 of 15901
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by stamina1914 View Post

At Micro center today trying to price together my HTPC build. My build will be simple, I do not need 3D, i don't even know what over clocking means. I was going in looking for the Intel 620 pentium. It seems it would have more than enough power for my build and was inexpensive. While shopping here are a few things that I was turn onto by the sales assoicate... i do realize that they work on commission.
- Micro center has a deal on if I purchased the Intel Core I3 3225 K for $109.99, i could get this for GA-Z77-DS3H LGA 1155 for $59.99. While in the end, I will probably paying about 15 bucks more than purchasing the 620 and the motherboard seperately. My question is while i know one of the benefits would be future proofing, I am curious as to how much power will i essentially be not using by going with this combo. Conversely, would there be any noticeble difference when viewing my HTPC.
Secondly, he informed me about getting a sound card. he did mentioned the the cpu would be able to do the sound processing on its own, but having the seperate soun d card would be one less thing that the cpu would have to do thus prolonging the life in theory. BTW I will be hooking up my HTPC to my reciever which as all the upconverting of sound that I will need. Therefore is the $40 dollar investment worth it?
Thanks

I would get the i3-3225 each and every day for only $15 over the G620.

You have been misinformed about the sound card and that sales associate should read my guide to educate himself. Sound cards aren't needed for HTPC and a waste of money and resources.
post #14570 of 15901
^^^ What he said. That sales person should be either fired or promoted.
post #14571 of 15901
Help with Chassis-

Again, i going to be building me an HTPC as a gift to myself for the holildays. I'll be placing the unit in my HT Case where I have plenty of space and it will be in plain few. the only thing I know about HTPC chassis are from what I've seen on youtube and the reviews on newegg. I was initially planning on going with one of the silverstones Grandias, but just about every review I read coupled with the youtube videos, folks were running into issues with the PSU section being to restrictive and tight along with the time it takes to unscrew and get the chassis ready to be worked on. I guess the latter is more tedious than anything, but it concerned me since this was going to be my first build and I didn't want it tougher than I should be.

To that end, didn't know if anyone had any other recommendations on a chassis, perhaps even any success stories of which PSU they used in the Grandia build etc. Thanks
post #14572 of 15901
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

I would get the i3-3225 each and every day for only $15 over the G620.

For me the price points of value are at $50 G630 / $80 i3 /$129 i5

Those are good deals on the three levels of performance - GOOD, BETTER, BEST.

I would agree with Assassin 100% that for $15 an i3 is better than a G620. For $50 I would probably say not. The difference in speed is not extreme.

A $65 G620 vs a $79 i3 is a no brainer.

Other side of things, a $49 G620/G630 vs a $120 i3 then the G series is a much better value. But then again for $120 you can justify a $129 i5 for $9 more...

They will all work great so it's best to find the best value on a CPU that fits your budget.
post #14573 of 15901
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by stamina1914 View Post

Help with Chassis-
Again, i going to be building me an HTPC as a gift to myself for the holildays. I'll be placing the unit in my HT Case where I have plenty of space and it will be in plain few. the only thing I know about HTPC chassis are from what I've seen on youtube and the reviews on newegg. I was initially planning on going with one of the silverstones Grandias, but just about every review I read coupled with the youtube videos, folks were running into issues with the PSU section being to restrictive and tight along with the time it takes to unscrew and get the chassis ready to be worked on. I guess the latter is more tedious than anything, but it concerned me since this was going to be my first build and I didn't want it tougher than I should be.
To that end, didn't know if anyone had any other recommendations on a chassis, perhaps even any success stories of which PSU they used in the Grandia build etc. Thanks

I have used all the PSUs in my guide in that case. All work well. I have the PC Power PSU in mine currently.
post #14574 of 15901
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

^^^ What he said. That sales person should be either fired or promoted.

Last time I was in MicroCenter the sales guy was trying to sell someone an FX 8120 with an FM1 motherboard.
post #14575 of 15901
So here are a few why questions for the board. Mind you i know what they answers are, but knowing the why would give me a better understanding of htpc and pcs in general.

CPU,- I know that one can use an i3 or less, g620 for example and it would be more than adequate to run an htpc, anything above that would be overkill, my question is why is this so,

PSU, I know some recommend that anything above 300w would be a waste. While i believe i actually understand why that is, at what point in an htpc build or perhaps a PC build should one consider a more powerful PSU?

How does Ram differ than regualar storage and why is 4gs of ram more than enough for an HTPC at what point should one conisder adding more ram to a build.
post #14576 of 15901
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Originally Posted by stamina1914 View Post

How does Ram differ than regualar storage and why is 4gs of ram more than enough for an HTPC at what point should one conisder adding more ram to a build.

And is there any difference between bargain ram and "better" ram (assuming same specs)?

post #14577 of 15901
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Originally Posted by LastButNotLeast View Post

And is there any difference between bargain ram and "better" ram (assuming same specs)?

None. I use Kingston Value RAM in all 3 of my systems. Could have gone for HyperX but no need. Quality is quality. Same CAS latencies, same speed, different range = no difference. Kingston is rock solid by the way, only ever bought RAM from them.
post #14578 of 15901
Thread Starter 
Just received a PM from an AVS member. Passing along this information...
Quote:
I have a intel DH61AG with a G530 celeron and on certain bluray movies while playing in xbmc with dxva enabled the movie would macroblock, this is with video driver 2559.
I just updated to a ivy I3-3225 with the same motherboard with video driver 2761 and the macroblocking is gone. I dont know if its because of the new processor or the newer driver but I am very happy with the results. Also the G530 would drop frames while playing the Avengers movie and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, all other movies played fine without dropping any frames. Just wanted to pass this on as it may be helpful to someone having trouble.
post #14579 of 15901
Well, my Ceton InfiniTV 4PCIe is kaput. I only get "Listening or Viewing Conflict. No tuner available to satisfy the request." I've been back in forth with Ceton trying all kinds of firmware and hardware images as well as beta ones, but no change. The Ceton Diagnostic tool finds the card sometimes and other times I have to refresh it several times until it finds it. All the diagnostics then give me green checks all the way down, and even says the channel is successfully tuned. But in WMC nothing. And when I try and run the TV Signal setup, WMC says there are no tuners available to setup. I even restored my HTPC to 9/23/2012 way before this started happening, but I get all of the same errors.

Any thoughts?
post #14580 of 15901
You've submitted a ticket with Ceton support and no help / warranty . "Hey , send us the card so we can check it out " . Nothing ?

You have cleared the card back to factory? Sorta sounds like you have . What has Eric said over at the Ceton thread ?

When did this start ? Changed any hardware lately ? Are you using a TA ? If using a TA , what usb port are you on 2.0 or 3.0 ? Do you get a flashing blue light on the card at all or is it solid red even after complete boot .

Sorry if this sounds like the third degree but I JUST went through Ceton hell with that same card !!
Edited by flocko - 10/18/12 at 9:00pm
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