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I recently picked up the Ceton InfiniTV4 due to the Newegg sales and I am looking to now build a dedicated PC for Media Center. Currently I am using the card in a i7-860 with 8GB of ram as a temporary location till I build my HTPC.

I just can't seem to decide on a motherboard though. It has been a while since I researched boards, and it seems every time I find one it has pretty significant issues.

Current Plans
CPU: i5-2500K
Case: Probably [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CC600TWM-WHT-Special-Graphite-Computer/dp/B004O0PAKW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1312940863&sr=8-1"]Corsair 600T SE[/ame]

Ram: G.Skill 2x2GB DDR3 1600 ..since I have some laying around
Video: plan to use onboard and possibly add a 460 when I upgrade my main PC's card for BF3
PSU: Corsair AX650
Drives: 1TB WD Black for OS or might scavenge a WD 640GB Black in a PC not really getting used.
Recording Drive: 1TB WD Black which is currently being used as my current recording drive

I plan to go with the mid-tower case so I have room for extra drives for storage, and also the PC will be at a desk in my bedroom. I keep going back and forth on whether I will run a single monitor or do a dual monitor setup with one output feeding my TV so I would like a board with dual outputs especially since I plan to add a graphics card till later.

I have been keeping an eye on the ASUS P8Z68-V PRO, but the sleep issues are a bit worrisome since being a HTPC it will be sleeping when not streaming or recording. I also have been looking at the Intel DZ68DB, but it seems there is little to no info out there on this board. I am still looking researching other options like what Gigabyte offers.

I don't know how much transcoding I will actually be doing, but I never ripped my DVD collection since I never had an easy way to access it. I also may be running some conversion on the WTV recordings along with Show Analyzer so that I can at least get them into MPG so that I have access on other devices like some of my TiVos.

Any suggestions? I realize much of this will be overkill, but I tend to keep my PCs for awhile. Also this is a birthday present to myself so I figure why not spend the money.
post #2 of 8
why do you need a z68 mobo for an htpc, all you need is an h67 board.
as for the psu you do not need a 650 watt for your computer, you can get away with a 550 watt easy.
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I think I was leaning towards the Z68 since it was newer and just to keep current. I am in no way set on it.

I also wasn't sure if the 550 might end up pushing it. It has been a couple years since I built so I end up overestimating and forgetting about the more efficient hardware these days. In the end I figure I will end up with the 460 in the PC along with around 5+ drives and possibly 2 Ceton cards. If 550 will be more than enough I am willing to drop down to it.

None of this has been ordered yet so I am just tweaking as I go. I tend to always go overkill though so I am not surprised I am overestimating. I just don't want to have issues if I am recording 4 possibly 8 streams, streaming to two extenders, while also running some powershell scripts for renaming along with MC-TV to convert the WTV files to MPG.
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Originally Posted by Brennok;14533006 
I think I was leaning towards the Z68 since it was newer and just to keep current. I am in no way set on it.

I also wasn't sure if the 550 might end up pushing it. It has been a couple years since I built so I end up overestimating and forgetting about the more efficient hardware these days. In the end I figure I will end up with the 460 in the PC along with around 5+ drives and possibly 2 Ceton cards. If 550 will be more than enough I am willing to drop down to it.

None of this has been ordered yet so I am just tweaking as I go. I tend to always go overkill though so I am not surprised I am overestimating. I just don't want to have issues if I am recording 4 possibly 8 streams, streaming to two extenders, while also running some powershell scripts for renaming along with MC-TV to convert the WTV files to MPG.
why are running 2 ceton card?
but5 i still think you could get away with 550 watts but you can go 600 if it makes you feel safe.
Edited by downlinx - 8/10/11 at 11:36am
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Originally Posted by downlinx;14533449 
why are running 2 ceton card?
but5 i still think you could get away with 550 watts but you can go 600 if it makes you feel safe.

Currently only running 1, but in case I go with a second one in the future. With multiple people in the house we tend to record a lot so 4 tuners is nice, but doesn't leave any free really for live TV.

I guess I need to start researching H67 boards then also since I would like to order in the next day or so.
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hmm well the set up im running right now for my HTPC/server uses a 2500k (@1.6ghz) and a h67 board (Asus P8H67-M EVO) have been using it since the b3 revisions came out and have had no issues with it so far. Although in the future im planning of moving to a Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z. Its used pretty much as a network storage computer (three 2tb Samsung f4's in raid5) and to watch internet tv.

But i did a google search for your tuner card (seems to be a pci-e 1x) which if you plan to use 2 of those in the future and a gtx 460 your going to need at least 3 pci-e slots. Off the top of my head i would say look at the gigabyte h67 boards( GA-H67MA-USB3-B3 or GA-H67A-UD3H-B3) which should have at least 4 pci-e slots leaving you with plealty of options

If your planning on using your rig for possible battlefield 3 use a z68 board might be of some use since it will allow you to convert your rig into a "gaming" rig (for overclocking when you want), as well as in the furture (since you keep you rigs for awhile) you can always repurpose your rig.

If your going the route of a possible gaming/htpc rig in the future, i would look into some z68 boards by asus (maybe a Maximus IV Gene-Z or P8Z68-V LE), Gigabyte (GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3), and Evga (Although not everyone is a fan of evga maybe a EVGA Z68 SLI Micro). Personally im a fan of Asus (quality), Msi (features) and Evga (customer support/warranty) but ive heard alot of good things about Gigabyte for build quality and dependability. Edit: the boards above are with in the $100-200 range, i wasn't sure what was in your budget or what feature you might be looking for, overall any of those should work well for what your looking to do

As for a power supply with out a gtx 460 a 400 watt should do ( i use a cx430); with a gtx 460 a 550 should do just fine. But if you can find a good price on a high psu your confortable with theres no reason not to get it biggrin.gif. My GFs computer uses a 800 watt psu for a single gtx 460, Strictly in my opinion i like to go over what i need leaving room for possible upgrades.

Anyways i thought i would post a pic of my htpc since its somewhat similar (a bit less stuff) to what you might be planning

06-1.jpg
Cpu: 2500k
Board: Asus P8H67-M EVO
HDD: 3x Samsung f4 2tb, OCZ Vertex 60gb
Case: Corsair 650D
PSU: CX 430
Ram: 2gb corsair ddr3
Actually in this rig i can run it fanless, all the fans are unplugged and took off the fans on the corsair A70. I only keep one of the 200mm fans running on 20% speed to keep air moving on the HDD's and temps are perfectly fine biggrin.gif
Edited by DNytAftr - 8/10/11 at 3:31pm
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got a HTPC go with a AMD APU setup. cheaper and the onboard GPU is better and can be doubled if Crossfired with a HD 66xx, 65xx
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Originally Posted by DNytAftr;14536196 
But i did a google search for your tuner card (seems to be a pci-e 1x) which if you plan to use 2 of those in the future and a gtx 460 your going to need at least 3 pci-e slots. Off the top of my head i would say look at the gigabyte h67 boards( GA-H67MA-USB3-B3 or GA-H67A-UD3H-B3) which should have at least 4 pci-e slots leaving you with plealty of options

If your planning on using your rig for possible battlefield 3 use a z68 board might be of some use since it will allow you to convert your rig into a "gaming" rig (for overclocking when you want), as well as in the furture (since you keep you rigs for awhile) you can always repurpose your rig.

If your going the route of a possible gaming/htpc rig in the future, i would look into some z68 boards by asus (maybe a Maximus IV Gene-Z or P8Z68-V LE), Gigabyte (GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3), and Evga (Although not everyone is a fan of evga maybe a EVGA Z68 SLI Micro). Personally im a fan of Asus (quality), Msi (features) and Evga (customer support/warranty) but ive heard alot of good things about Gigabyte for build quality and dependability. Edit: the boards above are with in the $100-200 range, i wasn't sure what was in your budget or what feature you might be looking for, overall any of those should work well for what your looking to do

As for a power supply with out a gtx 460 a 400 watt should do ( i use a cx430); with a gtx 460 a 550 should do just fine. But if you can find a good price on a high psu your confortable with theres no reason not to get it biggrin.gif. My GFs computer uses a 800 watt psu for a single gtx 460, Strictly in my opinion i like to go over what i need leaving room for possible upgrades.

Thanks, I don't plan on gaming on this PC since I will still have a primary/gaming PC which would be upgraded from the 460 come Xmas time. I plan to not touch this PC other than to play with Media Center.

I have actually even just toyed with building a new gaming PC and just using my current PC, i7-860 with 8GB of DDR3 1600 on a Gigabyte P55-UD4P in a HAF 932, as the HTPC/media server. I think it is more that I don't know if I want to go through the hassle of wiping this machine to turn it into the HTPC since everything I want is setup how I want it. Then again what fun is that smile.gif.

At the same time, it may make more sense though since my current PC is pretty much trouble free so since the HTPC would only get intermittent usage on the actual PC, I would be able to mess around with the new PC more if issues popped up.
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