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As the title says.. I am looking to build myself a HTPC for my bedroom. I have a few questions that mostly deal with tv tuner cards and hardware requirements.

Main uses will be as DVR for Dish Network programs, playback of DVD's (looking to add BD's as well), net surfing, file server, ripping via DVDFab, and Netflix.

CPU:
I am looking at the Intel i3 2100 or the Intel G850 I am also open to AMD suggestions as I have read a few articles on HTPC builds that have used them, but I know as much about AMD as it knows about me...

Mobo:
??? Looking for a mATX form factor board but am getting stumped by reviews... Leaning towards this Biostar TH67+ though..

GPU:
Probably unnecessary by most of the reading I have done in regards to the i3 2100 CPU type build. Seems that with the 850 people are saying to go with a dedicated gpu because of stuttering issues with HD playback. I have been checking out this GT520 for that though. Only real requirement is a standard HDMI output to connect to my TV.

HDD's:
This is one of my problems with choosing a board too.. I would like to run at least 3 x 2tb drives in a RAID 5 array. Googling doesn't turn up much in the way of how well some of the boards I am looking at have done with this. Redundancy is more for my picture storage than anything.

TV Tuner card:
Shoot me some suggestions.... I will be recording a Dish Network satellite signal (Like to have my UFC on demand)

If you have any other tips or tricks for me, by all means let it be known!

P.S. Looking to add a BD drive as well and maybe a soundcard.
    
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Llano could be a nice option with an Asus mATX mobo that has UEFI for convenience:
AMD A4-3400
ASUS F1A75-M
or if UEFI is not an issue:
Asrock A75
This is integrated graphics. Very good ones, too. Beats the Intel solution by 200% or more IIRC.
The above mobos do RAID 0/1/10.
I am clueless regarding TV Tuner cards so I won't try to help you out
Sound card - the Xonar DG is nice and cheap (great sound quality too) and will fit in any of the above mobos.
Regarding a BR drive (I assume that is what you meant, unless you want a Bulldozer drive ) - a good one is the Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS and it's just under $70 on the Egg.
Hope this helped and best of luck with the HTPC build; if I may recommend a case, the Silverstone Grandia GD05 is good.
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AMD Llano is the way to go when it comes to HTPC. If you go with Sandy Bridge I do encourage you to get a discrete GPU. csm725 suggestion is recommended.

Since you have a satellite TV, there is no TV tuner for you. TV tuner is strictly for TV antenna and cable TV. What you need is a video capture card with ability to use component input. You are still depended on the set top box for channel tuning.
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Originally Posted by csm725 View Post
Llano could be a nice option with an Asus mATX mobo that has UEFI for convenience:
AMD A4-3400
ASUS F1A75-M
or if UEFI is not an issue:
Asrock A75
This is integrated graphics. Very good ones, too. Beats the Intel solution by 200% or more IIRC.
The above mobos do RAID 0/1/10.
Thank you for the mobo / cpu suggestion! I would probably lean towards the Asus board. As for RAID it seems funny they don't do RAID 5, but I could just run 2 x 2tb drives in RAID 1 and 1 x 2tb drive regularly. I would come out with the same amount of total storage as a RAID 5 with the 3 drives, but only have 2tb of redundancy (which will be more than enough for my important stuff)

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Since you have a satellite TV, there is no TV tuner for you. TV tuner is strictly for TV antenna and cable TV. What you need is a video capture card with ability to use component input. You are still depended on the set top box for channel tuning.
My understanding of it was that I could use the TV tuner to change to the channel that my satellite receiver would output to, then change the channel via the dish remote. Then I could use the tuner to record the incoming signal?

One of my hurdles with video capture card is that my dish receiver box only has coax, rca, and s video outputs. Looks like the video capture cards require HDMI input, which I could only do with the DVR in my living room which kind of defeats the point of having this really.
    
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My understanding of it was that I could use the TV tuner to change to the channel that my satellite receiver would output to, then change the channel via the dish remote. Then I could use the tuner to record the incoming signal?

One of my hurdles with video capture card is that my dish receiver box only has coax, rca, and s video outputs. Looks like the video capture cards require HDMI input, which I could only do with the DVR in my living room which kind of defeats the point of having this really.
Here is the thing, unlike TV antenna or cable TV, satellite TV encrypt their channels with proprietary standards. Meaning there is no TV tuners out there that can change (tune) into their channels on their own.

That is why there is no "true" TV tuner for satellite TV. Cable TV wins in this respect because they have something called CableCARD. It is a card that contains cable companies' encryption standards. As far as I know Dish Network and DirecTV have taken a stance against CableCARD.

What you've said is correct. One way to record satellite channel is to plug in coaxial output from receiver to TV tuner. Tune into that specific channel. Then use either IR blaster or Dish remote to change receiver channels.
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