Originally Posted by stormeye /forum/post/14250484
This is my first post on this forum. I've been reading post for about a month, but haven't been able to find the answer to my doubts.
Looking forward to building up a HTPC to be able to play BD. My budget is $1000-1500.
I'm trying to hook this up to my Sony 52" KDL-52W4100 LCD tv.
I was wondering if I could get a good recommendation as for list of parts (in a detailed way) that I should buy in order to build a good HTPC. A good set of 7.1 speakers and TV tuner would be nice as well. (TV tuner is not really a MUST at this point. I understand I can buy this later)
Thanks in advance, and sorry if I have posted at the wrong thread. I just didn't know where else I should do it.
Originally Posted by papes510 /forum/post/14257160
Ok so after a few weeks of researching i decided on my gear. Now for some reason the more i research the specifics of what i bought i feel like i made wrong decisions (im incredibly indecisive) and want to return my graphics card and maybe my mb.
anyway looking for opinions.
VGA ASUS EN8600GT MAGIC/HTP/512M RT
VID DEV AVERMEDIA AVERCOMBO
CPU INTEL|C2D E7200 2.53G 775 45N R
MB GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3R 775 P35 RT
CPU COOLER ZEROTHERM|BTF90 R
Originally Posted by renethx /forum/post/14257837
Your system is nice and well-balanced. Did you find any problems with the graphics card and the mb? Which graphics card and mb do you look at? There are plenty of other good solutions and maybe I can help you.
Originally Posted by papes510 /forum/post/14257951
Well the graphics card wont do hardware acceleration so thats heavy load on the cpu for playback. i dont think it would be a huge problem, but suplementing it with maybe an XFX8600gt for the same price might be better. plus this card only has 1 dvi instead of 2, dont know if thats a drawback.
Originally Posted by renethx /forum/post/14258320
Every GeForce 8600 GT card, including ASUS EN8600GT MAGIC/HTP/512M, supports HA for MPEG-2/VC-1 (partial)/H.264. One card (either ASUS or XFX) is enough unless you want quad display. VGA or DVI depends on your need.
Originally Posted by p2535748 /forum/post/14261195
I've got a pretty old HTPC that can't do HD content, so I'm thinking about upgrading. Taking stuff from this thread with other threads in this forum, this is what I've come up with:
Case: Cooler Master Cosmos S RC1100
GPU: Gigabyte HD4850
MB: Asus P5Q-E
Mem: Corasair Twin2x4096 (4GB)
PS: Enermax MODU82+ 625W PS
CPU Cooler: Ultra-120 extreme
HD: WD 320GB SATA
This should be overkill for watching HD content, but I'll probably use it for some encoding, so I figure it's worth it. Anyway, I'm just wondering if it seems like a good build, or if I'm making some dumb mistake with any of the components.
Originally Posted by papes510 /forum/post/14262362
ok great. so sticking with the Asus vs the XFX is probably safe. My last concern is output to my 42 Toshiba LCD TV with HDMI inputs. Will i be ok with this card?
Originally Posted by vDrag0n /forum/post/14262949
what software raid 5 solution do you recommend for a 16 drive setup? Also if a sata controller dies for one reason or another, is it possible to recover the software raid?
Originally Posted by skumaravs /forum/post/14268851
please help me decide..
I'm planning to buy HP Pavilion Elite m9300t series as my HTPC for playing and backup movies, NO games. From the manufacturers website the MB is ASUS: IPIBL-LB.
Not sure whether is MB is capable of future upgrades mainly HDD and video graphics card.
Originally Posted by RichTJ99 /forum/post/14264671
This is a great thread, I learned quite a bit. I had a few questions:
1. Do most people keep the PC near their 40"+ screens? If so, how does the fan noise go (I have a Tivo & that fan is kind of annoying).
2. (a little longer):
I have a this media cabinet:
I am planning on a 46" Samsung LCD that will be mounted two or so feet above the cabinet - the point being that all wires will be run from the back of the TV, through the wall, into the cabinet (I will put a new outlet near the TV on the wall).
I was thinking of adding two exhaust fans to the back of the cabinet (which will be very close to a wall).
I am concerned about heat in the cabinet. My 1.5 year old son would like the doors open but they need to stay shut so heat can be an issue.
3. I would love to run a cable through the floor & keep the PC in the garage but that wouldn't work with the wife & it would be annoying if we have a DVD to insert.
4. Was there any write up of XP Media center vs say Vista Ultimate?
Originally Posted by renethx /forum/post/14269223
I checked this page . The mb seems to be relatively new. Feature-wise it's comparable with ASUS P5E-VM HDMI (but the chipset is G33 without HDMI port). Yes, you should be able to use it for the next couple of years. If you choose GeForce 9500 GS or higher, you don't have to even upgrade the video card in future. Sound is the weakest part as usual. But don't buy a X-Fi card. A better sound card comes later (supporting HDMI audio).