I'm rebuilding my HTPC after adding a new video card (ATI HD 6450) and AVR (Pioneer VSX-1121) - both of which can handle HD bitstreaming over HDMI.
I run Win7 x64, and plan to use 7MC, mpc-hc & MediaBrowser.
I wiped and reinstalled Windows a week ago, but I think I mucked my system up with too many codecs and filters and x64/x86 confusion, so I'm starting over and trying to do it right from the start (as much as possible anyway).
First, I came to the conclusion that even though my Windows is x64, I probably won't get any major benefit from running 64-bit players/filters etc, so my plan was to only use x86 versions of mpc-hc, LAV filters, etc (especially since I currently only have 3G of DDR2 RAM on a somewhat old creaky system - I'll probably bump that up to 4G at some point, but that's it). Does that sound like a reasonable decision, or is there a compelling argument to use x64 players/filters/codecs?
Second, in the past week I've figured out how to get HD audio bitstreaming working with LAV & mpc-hc, but now I learn that Shark007 incorporates LAV. (Not sure if that means *everything in LAV* is now in Shark007, or only the splitter/filter/decoders?) And I see people saying "yeah, I hate installing unnecessary codec packs too, but Shark has done a great job ..." etc. Is it a clear gain to install Shark007? (I'd be interested either in a gain in simplicity or functionality, and if it comes at a small price in hard drive space that's probably OK with me, but my system is poky to begin with, so I can't afford much of a performance hit)
If I install Shark007, do I no longer have to install LAV stuff? Or are there still LAV components that I would have/want to install separately?
If I install Shark007, how up-to-date will my LAV filters be? Just last week I ran into a problem that was broken in the previous day's LAV release but fixed in a release from a few hours prior.
Anyway, any advice about whether I should "jump to the shark" would be appreciated...