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i just order this today http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/96/htpc.png/
im new to the htpc area any tips on what programs i should use?? should i play my blurays moives on this or stick with my ps3??? cheers logan
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post #2 of 8
XBMC without a doubt. Check out the gallery and/or youtube for some great videos of it in action. It's AWESOME.
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post #3 of 8
I 2nd XBMC. Great HTPC interface and super customizable.
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Yep, definitely XBMC

Is that Blu-Ray drive OEM? I'm guessing yes, so that means it does not come with blu-ray software. You'll need PowerDVD, Total Media 5 or WinDVD to be able to play Blu-rays which is an added cost. I either use my PS3 or rip my blu-rays to MKV.
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sweet as guys thanks i think ill give xbmc a go the blu ray drive has cyberlink with it ???
Edited by logan666 - 7/25/11 at 12:17pm
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For ease of use I would recommend MediaBrowser+MPC-HC with WMC and since you have a GT 430 use LAV CUVID+madVR for rendering/post-processing.
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post #7 of 8
Hmm for audio you may want to archive/digitize your CD collection via encoding CDs to FLAC using foobar2000 I exchange CDs with frens/relatives now and then and add to my FLAC library hehe
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post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by armada10 View Post
For ease of use I would recommend MediaBrowser+MPC-HC with WMC and since you have a GT 430 use LAV CUVID+madVR for rendering/post-processing.
The only time to use wmc is if you also need DVR. Even media browser is years behind media portal or xbmc.
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