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3D Capable HTPC; Ivy Bridge i3 OK?

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I am planning to build a 3D capable HTPC. 3D sources will include blu-ray and material from the Cable provider (Time Warner).
Would an i3 Ivy Bridge based PC with built-in graphics be adequate for this?
post #2 of 10
Absolutely !!

Get the i3 3225 with the 4000 graphics . You will be waiting till October though for release
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Absolutely !!
Get the i3 3225 with the 4000 graphics . You will be waiting till October though for release
Oh, I guess that it didn't research enough. I thought they were available, but that was only for notebooks frown.gif.

So I guess that the current alternative would be an i5 with 4000 graphics; the i5-3570K or possibly i5-3475S?

The price difference between an i3 and i5 HTPC may be less than $100?

Not sure if there would be any performance advantage of using the i5 over the i3 in an HTPC (I plan to use WMC, WIN7 64-bit and a cable card receiver)?
post #4 of 10
i just got a i3570 with the 4000 HD gpu and it works great for 3d BD. You will not be disappointed.
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Just curious...how do you plan on getting the 3D programming into the HTPC from TWC?
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Just curious...how do you plan on getting the 3D programming into the HTPC from TWC?
Good question. I was wondering this myself. This is what I am guessing; Please correct me if I am wrong:
TW shows 3D content on certain channels (and On-Demand).
I just bought a cable card receiver (Hauppauge WINTV-DCR 2650)
I would record the 3D channel to my HTPC using WMC.
I assume that the motherboard will support HDMI v1.4 so that I can feed this to a 3D display (Plan to purchase a 3D projector).

The only problem is that I will not be able to record the 3D On-Demand Channels (and I believe that this is where the majority of the 3D content is available)
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I would record the 3D channel to my HTPC using WMC.
I assume that the motherboard will support HDMI v1.4 so that I can feed this to a 3D display (Plan to purchase a 3D projector).

I hope there are some forum members here who are familiar with the 2650 and 3D recording and can confirm your assumptions are correct.
post #8 of 10
I recorded a show that was on a comcast 3d channel with my tivo. It played back fine and i was able to see it in 3d. The tivo is just a 720p dvr...nothing special so I dont think you will have a problem recording to pc and then playing it back.
post #9 of 10
I have a very different setup than the OP. I use DirecTV and the box tries to be "smart". It first checks whatever is connected to the hdmi output and won't display the show if it thinks that the connected device is not 3D capable. Hopefully, the cable card receiver will just blindly record what it's told to (barring any DRM).
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Originally Posted by rbrande View Post

Good question. I was wondering this myself. This is what I am guessing; Please correct me if I am wrong:
TW shows 3D content on certain channels (and On-Demand).
Just an FYI you will not be able to access any on demand channels or features with a cablecard.

The only 3d I have seen on broadcast tv shouldn't require HDMI 1.4. As it is only a standard resolution video split top/bottom or side by side. I have watched much broadcast 3dtv though.

Here is an example of how ESPN has done it in the past.


So its really only two 1280x360 resolution frames on top of each other. Totaling 1280x720 so any dvr should be able to record that. Sorry if you knew all this. Although according to the post above mine
it sounds like directv has displayed some better 3d that does require HDMI 1.4.

I've had TW with a cablecard for a while now. Coming up on a year probably. And I haven't seen any 3d shows. I found a channel that mentioned 3d but it never had any content on it.
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