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so i may have a spare computer, its complicated how i got it but its brand new and the mobo is a asus p5g41-m LE/CSMand cpu is a LGA775 E5700 with 2x2gb ddr2 and a 4350 SO since i have it i may as well make an htpc/server.

home server is simply but what do i need for an htpc? i have satellite with a box so i assume ill still need that, i want to be able to just use this computer on my TV (ya i know just hook it up) but i would also like to be able to record TV if its not too much of a pain/expensive and watch dvds on it and what not

oh and whats a good htpc case? i want a small as possible (about the size of a xbox 360 so i can lay it flat or a cube so i can put it on my absurdly tall subwoofer)

edit: case picked... this silverstone
Edited by twich12 - 10/16/11 at 5:51am
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You will need something like this for the TV and Satellite $159

http://store.hauppauge.com/hardware2...oduct=colossus

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hows a tv tuner work? plug in an input and an output? input is from the box and output is to the tv?
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It's pretty straight forward, check it out:

http://www.hauppauge.com/site/produc..._colossus.html




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Colossus Overview
Record high definition video using H.264 video encoding with digital audio. Colossus is an internal PCI Express board, full height, and runs with Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP.
Includes a built-in high quality hardware H.264 high definition encoder, for high performance, high quality video recordings
Record high definition video at up to 1080i resolution. Also records standard definition video. Record at datarates from 1Mbs to 20Mbs.
Record your game play in HD (up to 1080i) with component video and digital audio (optical) from Xbox360 or PS3 game consoles.
Record your favorite TV programs from HD cable TV and satellite set top boxes. Colossus connects to most HD cable TV and satellite TV receivers with component video and optical digital audio. Stereo audio inputs are supported, too.
Burn your video game play or your favorite TV programs onto AVCHD disks in high definition using standard DVD media. These AVCHD disks can be played back on a blu-ray DVD player. Up to 2 hours of HD AVCHD video can be recorded on standard DVD-R disks at 5MBits/sec.
Create HD recordings which can be played back on the Xbox 360 and PS3
Includes Hauppauge's WinTV v7 TV application for automatic recording of TV programs from cable or satellite set top boxes
Includes Arcsoft ShowBiz to record video game play. Burn HD disks or upload video game play in HD to YouTube
Colossus has component video plus stereo and digital audio pass through, to allow HD recording and viewing at the same time.
NTSC and PAL support
HDMI input port included. If you have an un-encrypted HDMI video source, such as a digital SLR, you can record directly from this source.
Note: most cable and satellite TV receivers do not support un-encrypted HDMI video.
Includes IR blaster and IR receiver/learn cable. Colossus can "learn" your cable TV or satellite remote control and can automatically change the channel on your set top box.
Colossus
Model numbers:
model 01414:
Colossus with WinTV v7 and Arcsoft ShowBiz applications.

Included with Colossus models 1414:
Colossus PCI Express full height board
Hauppauge remote control
A/V cable adapters (two sets supplied)
Component video cable set
IR blaster/receiver cable
Installation software on CD: WinTV v7 and Arcsoft ShowBiz applications
Quick Installation Guide
Colossus Specifications
Hardware encoder
H.264 AVCHD video encoder
AC-3 recording from AC-3 source
AAC audio encoding from PCM source
Recording datarate: from 1 to 20 Mbits/sec (user selectable in the ArcSoft ShowBiz application)
Recording format:
up to 1080i from component video (YCrCb or YPrPb)
NTSC: 720p60, 1080i60, 480i60, 480p60
PAL: 720p50, 1080i50, 576p50, 576i50, 480p50, 480i50
Note: the video input format determines the recorded format. For example, 1080i input records at 1080i, 720P records at 720P, etc. Any other format conversions needs to be done with the MediaConvert program (supplied).
NTSC or PAL supported
System Requirements

Note: when playing back video recordings made with the Colossus, a fast CPU and at least 256MB of graphics memory are needed.
Processor Requirements (minimum for HD playback): Dual core CPU 2.0GHz or faster
Windows 7 (32 and 64-bit), Windows Vista or Windows XP service pack 2 (32-bit).
Graphics with 256MB memory (or greater)
PCI Express x1 slot
Sound card for audio playback
CD-ROM drive for installing the Colossus software
Bundled software applications
ArcSoft "ShowBiz" for video recording and authoring and burning of your TV recordings onto a Blu-ray DVD compatible disc
Hauppauge WinTV v7 application, with support for the Hauppauge remote control and IR blaster
Input and outputs
Note: video input on Component and HDMI sources is limited to 1080i

A/V cable input adapter with:
Component video input
Left/ Right RCA audio input
A/V cable output adapter with loop through audio and video:
Component video output
Left/ Right RCA audio output
Optical audio input and loop through output
HDMI input (Note: for use with un-encrypted HDMI video sources)
IR Blaster output
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thanks, just as simple as i thought! i need to figure out a way to hook-up my audio so i can get rid of receiver (big ol' clunky one) right now i have my 360, satbox, and giant receiver all there so im trying to get it to satbox and htpc (360 will probably be taken out back once i have my htpc setup)

how would i go about gettign 5.1 surround out of my htpc? they are bare speaker leads right now (except sub is 3.5mm audio jack) i will probably need an amp or something right?

edit: i have this sony str-k740p im sure i will need a sound card but am just wondering which one/how do i set it up? the 5 surround speakers are bare leads and the sub is a 3.5mm jack OR red/white RCA and has a 250w amp on it
Edited by twich12 - 10/16/11 at 5:46am
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I really like this case for HTCP computers, but it is not as small as a xbox 360, but it kinda looks like a chunky DVD player lol.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811163174
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thanks, just as simple as i thought! i need to figure out a way to hook-up my audio so i can get rid of receiver (big ol' clunky one) right now i have my 360, satbox, and giant receiver all there so im trying to get it to satbox and htpc (360 will probably be taken out back once i have my htpc setup)

how would i go about gettign 5.1 surround out of my htpc? they are bare speaker leads right now (except sub is 3.5mm audio jack) i will probably need an amp or something right?

edit: i have this sony str-k740p im sure i will need a sound card but am just wondering which one/how do i set it up? the 5 surround speakers are bare leads and the sub is a 3.5mm jack OR red/white RCA and has a 250w amp on it
You can get any sound card 7.1 or 5.1 of your choice will do, as you already have the 250w amplifier to drive all the speakers.

Option1:
Input 1 Sound card > Amplifier > Speakers
Input 2 Sony receiver > Amplifier

Option2:
You can set all the audio from TV and sattelite + PC and/or Sony Receiver to the sound card. So all audio sources have one output from sound card to amplifier.

You are not limited of connection choices but option2 will have clean cable management and less clutter.
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You can get any sound card 7.1 or 5.1 of your choice will do, as you already have the 250w amplifier to drive all the speakers.

Option1:
Input 1 Sound card > Amplifier > Speakers
Input 2 Sony receiver > Amplifier

Option2:
You can set all the audio from TV and sattelite + PC and/or Sony Receiver to the sound card. So all audio sources have one output from sound card to amplifier.

You are not limited of connection choices but option2 will have clean cable management and less clutter.
haha no you see the 250w amp is a plate amp for my sub ya some call it overkill but i say its a healthy amount of vibration i would need to buy an amp, what amp? how would i hook everything up? so it would be sound card->amp->speakers right? how would a sound card interface with an amp? i would want to keep the 5 channel surround

edit: so i would need a 5 channel amp? any recommendations? how much is plenty for a surround sound setup?
Edited by twich12 - 10/16/11 at 6:57am
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haha no you see the 250w amp is a plate amp for my sub ya some call it overkill but i say its a healthy amount of vibration i would need to buy an amp, what amp? how would i hook everything up? so it would be sound card->amp->speakers right? how would a sound card interface with an amp? i would want to keep the 5 channel surround

edit: so i would need a 5 channel amp? any recommendations? how much is plenty for a surround sound setup?
LOL

Get a 7.1 or 5.1 sound card.

Sound card > 5.1 or 7.1 Amplifier > Speakers + Sub

Size of the amplifier depends on your speaker size/wattage.

You don't want my recommendations on sound system, unless you want to set up concert hall
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i may or may not want to setup a concert hall..... im thinking about setting up a nice 2.1 stereo setup and then have some smaller speakers for the surround
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