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What cable to run in new construction house

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My house is getting built soon and I thought that I can hop in there and while it's still not covered in drywall I can run wires to not have a headach later on.
Right now I use my pc and tv connected to each other via hdmi in the same room, but when I move the hose is 2 story and pc will be upstairs and tv will be in living room.
How do I connect those together over such a long distance ? Do I run such a long hdmi cable ? I see everyone mentioning cat5/6 cables, but what do you use them for other than internet connection ?

Here's my plan, pc will be in bedroom 2, and tv will be in middle of living room, would a 100ft cable be enough ?
http://www.tiffanyparkhomes.com/wyldwood-TH4-pointpelee.html
Anything else I should run in the house ?
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I'd run cat 6 everywhere, you'll be able to use it for purposes other than internet if you desire in the future. You can use it to get your HDMI to the TV as well. Don't know your budget, but look into HDBaseT stuff to distribute content to multiple TV's in the house
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My house is getting built soon and I thought that I can hop in there and while it's still not covered in drywall I can run wires to not have a headach later on.
Right now I use my pc and tv connected to each other via hdmi in the same room, but when I move the hose is 2 story and pc will be upstairs and tv will be in living room.
How do I connect those together over such a long distance ? Do I run such a long hdmi cable ? I see everyone mentioning cat5/6 cables, but what do you use them for other than internet connection ?

Here's my plan, pc will be in bedroom 2, and tv will be in middle of living room, would a 100ft cable be enough ?
http://www.tiffanyparkhomes.com/wyldwood-TH4-pointpelee.html
Anything else I should run in the house ?

You should check with the builder. Most won't let you run your own cable.

It depends what you want. I originally ran 2 cat5e, 1 RG6 and 1 telephone wire to each location in my house, before I figured out that telephone wire is useless (wireless has replaced that), and back when cat6 was too expensive. I've since upgraded to cat6. I have a ton of RG6 in the attic for satellite, one run for cable, all of which goes to a central location. More RG6 goes to each room. Tons of cat5e/cat6 go from the central location to multiple rooms. I've run multiple cables for speakers (two to garage, two to the deck, and two in the attic for future expansion). If it was me, I'd also run conduit so you can add/replace later.
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Pre-wire questions are better asked in the Home A/V Distribution forum a few down from here...

But in general - lots of ca5e/cat6 everywhere in addition to at least basic RG6 coverage. Read the Cocoontech Wiki for a lot of ideas as to where/why to run cables:

http://cocoontech.com/forums/files/file/64-wiring-your-new-house-101/

Also generally, don't run long HDMI cables in the walls for distribution. They are problematic at best, and you want to have a consistent wiring solution for distribution. But wiring from point to point in a room (for a projector or wall-mounted TV) is fine with HDMI runs.

Jeff
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