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My HT is slightly outdated:

-Sony 5.1 Receiver, no HDMI, need to use optical audio

-Hitachi 57F59 1080i Rear Projection, will use single HDMI input for video only


Needs:

-sound card-motherboard does not have optical out, need some sort of sound card to connect to optical in on the 5.1 receiver

-HDMI out, I have an old ATI with HDMI out and also have a 8800 GTS, but no HDMI out. So I am thinking now is the time to get a new, cheap as possible video card to met my needs.

-Some adapter to use my Harmony 720 Remote to full potential

-Want to be able to play x264/blue ray and blue ray rips.

-Want to be able to Stream Hulu,etc, getting rid of cable TV, keeping internet

-Perhaps consider BR drive/burner


System details:

Intel i7-920 D0 @ 4.0GHZ 1.3v

MSI X58m

EVGA 8800 GTS 640MB

6GB RAM - OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 Platinum OCZ3P1600LV6GK

Storage: WD 150X,1TB Blue, 2TB Green, Seagate 7200.10 400GB

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Xfire Red)

Case: Lian Li A05B

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

Logitech Harmony 720 remote

HD Homerun dual tuner
 

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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
bump!


any help greatly appreciated!


I think I just need a piece or two to complete my system.
 

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Get a sound card?


I think you just need an IR usb thingy for the remote to work.


Everything else is non hardware.


Want bluray? Get bluray.


Not sure you are really asking for anything unless you want someone to tell you what to do.


And holy overkill on hardware.
 

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hehe I do not game anymore these days, so that thing just sits.

Deciding to turn it into HTPC....

So will my CPU make-up for having a lower model vid card with HDMI out?


What is the cheapest sound card i can use optical out?


I am waiting to see what the holiday HTPC guide says.

THe june one points to some things I do not have....

"either the motherboard's onboard audio codec or the HDMI on a graphics card"


Seems crazy to spend $200 on a sound card, that is not doable.


I must be missing the obvious, how to I connect my PC to my old receivers optical in?


Perhaps I am better off getting a new receiver and using HDMI all the way haha
 

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good idea!


Perhaps i need to suck it up and not use optical audio.

I will see if my receiver can accept S/PDIF


Then could try this approach:
http://www.frontx.com/pro/p1062_030.html


or just pick up:

DIAMOND XtremeSound XS71DDL 7.1/24 bit PCI Card with Dolby Digital Live, $44. Gamers may find Dolby Digital Live useful to get surround sounds over S/PDIF.


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? S/PDIF is digital audio. That switch will output toslink (optical) or coaxial. If your receiver is 5.1 is should accept either toslink or coaxial, if not both. So you should be good.


The nice thing with that video card is it supports bit streaming HD audio. so you are somewhat future proofing yourself.
 

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I discovered that my board had an add-on available to get optical audio via the JSP1 header.

$10 shipped from ebay e-speedy hong kong!
http://cgi.ebay.com/MSI-Motherboard-...item35ad624efc


I am about ready to get a vid card, should I still go for the HD 5750?
 

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Either of your current video cards should be able to handle 1080p playback with no trouble. For HTPC, a 8800GTS and i7 are overkill anyway. Your system may end up being an electricity hog as it stands. Just get a DVI-HDMI converter. You may have difficulties with HDCP through the signal. This means you may not be able to play original blu ray discs through the system. If you ripped your collection with the purchase of a BDROM drive this should not be an issue.
 

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Originally Posted by PDXscreen /forum/post/19671110


Either of your current video cards should be able to handle 1080p playback with no trouble. For HTPC, a 8800GTS and i7 are overkill anyway. Your system may end up being an electricity hog as it stands. Just get a DVI-HDMI converter. You may have difficulties with HDCP through the signal. This means you may not be able to play original blu ray discs through the system. If you ripped your collection with the purchase of a BDROM drive this should not be an issue.

I appreciate the response.

The ATI card is the ASUS EAH3450/DI/256M HDMI.
http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=fNpjfXkSvd4uu8No


I would be OK with this rather than messing with an adapter for my 8800GTS?
 

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With the system your building now, don't skimp on the graphics card. Get the switch and video card that pheare suggested and your done. Your better off getting an ATI 5xxx series or Nvidia 4xx series video card that has built in audio. When you do upgrade your receiver you would be ready to stream HD audio with either one. The 3450 and 8800 are at least 3 generations old.
 

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I have to disagree on the need for a new video card. If you are not playing video games, many of today's video cards create significant amounts of heat/noise. They are suited for max resolution gaming but not for HTPC playback. There is no disadvantage in trying your old card. If it works it works. A female DVI-male HDMI is $2 at monoprice if you need to use your 8800gt. If you buy a new receiver 6 months from now, you could probably purchase the same recommended video card for 39.99.
 

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I appreciate everyone's feedback. I am leaning towards PDXscreen. I will try the old ATI card. If no luck I will get one of those adapters.


I do have about $200 to spend as of now not counting any xmas money.


I think my other concern is building up storage space that is mirrored or backed up.

Today I am using my 2tb green drive as a full back up of the others.

Since my son was born in march 2010, I am continuing to eat up that space with HD video from my Canon HFS10 and pics. Making it a DVR will make it even worse!


What's your recommendation storage wise / media server?

-pickup another 2tb green and RAID1?

-pickup a few more 1tb blues and RAID5 etc?

-utilize my esata port for some external action?

-your ideas?


my board: MSI x58m: http://www.msi.com/index.php?func=pr...1&prod_no=1796

I probably need to confirm that I have RAID onboard for sure.
 

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Is this the right adapter?
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

DVI-D Single Link Male to HDMI Female adapter



Picking up some of those 1tb Hitachi 32mb cache 3 year warranty drives for $45 sounds tempting....

any personal recommendations for storage?
 
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