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Hi, decided to utilise some spare HW I have for a decent HTPC. I'm a seasoned rig builder with bags of system experience, but not specifically media tailored, I'm an admin and spend most of my time geeking and not setting up something for pleasure.

I'm at work so not all specifics available but I have spare:

Q6600, Stock cooler, Foxconn MB (can't remeber model but capable, onboard graphics pretty poor from what I remember.), 4GB XMS2.
550w PSU - model not known
Disks - Currently have 3x2TB WD greens in my sig rig, would probably take 2 out as most of the space used is for media, perosnal pics/vids anyway.

I also have a quad LNB for my dish, already set for Freesat and Sky, only 2 connections utilised.

I plan to buy:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/silverstone-sst-lc17b-black-desktop-htpc-case-(w-o-psu)#ProductFeatures
I know scan aren't always the cheapest, but they ship to my BFPO address, and allow me to buy VAT free :-) If you can reccomend an alternative (UK supplier) that will give me more for the same price or less, then great!

Can you reccomend:
A GPU with HDMI output, capable of decoding HD sat and recording HD. ONly needs to be capable, not top of the range.
A decent PCI DVB-S2 card for receiving Freesat HD and other free to air channels, maybe one with dual input?
Soundcard with optical out to connect to my Samsung HT-BD8200. I use a soundbar with virtual surroun, simply because I move every 2 years and get fed up with constantly installing surround systems in stupidly designed rooms!
Decent looking, slimline keyboard with touchpad that won't break the bank.


Software, Windows based to avoid issues for the missus, that will act as a PVR as well as a media centre, preferably with ratings and info from IMDB including DVD covers etc.
I would use a Linux based OS, if it was specifically media tailored with a decent GUI, i don't want to invest too much time into making it user friendly for the OH, otherwise OS will be Win 7 Ultimate 64bit, streamlined.

I don't really have a budget, keeping it low as possible without ending up with a crappy system. Thanks in advance!
Edited by Mattyd893 - 12/5/11 at 6:17am
     
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Just to add, software capable of playing MKV, AVI files including subtitle file (sub format not important, I can get whichever is required)
     
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Is there such a thing to decode and/or record from a satellite TV service?

This could very well be that ever elusive "stupid question"........biggrin.gif
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You can just go with any gpu and do dvi to hdmi converter.

DVI and HDMI are the same thing, DVI can even do sound just it isn't widely supported.
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I use XBMC on my htpc and highly rate it though I run it on linux not windows but I see no reason why it wont be as good on windows. It can scrape IMDB for dvd info getting everything you have mentioned.

I don't use it as PVR but I believe there is a version of it that is a PVR as well, not sure how good it is as a PVR though?
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The components that you have there should run perfectly fine. The only thing you will need is a decent radeon card. A 6450 or a 6670 series should be more than enough. You will not be able to record just from the GPU. However for the PVR side of things check out Sickbeard. I am running it at home right now with a few usenet subscriptions tied to it and it works like a charm. It does all my post processing and even moves the final file over to my NAS box for me. For the front end I run Win7 Pro X64 with XBMC as my portal for HTPC entertainment.
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The components that you have there should run perfectly fine. The only thing you will need is a decent radeon card. A 6450 or a 6670 series should be more than enough. You will not be able to record just from the GPU. However for the PVR side of things check out Sickbeard. I am running it at home right now with a few usenet subscriptions tied to it and it works like a charm. It does all my post processing and even moves the final file over to my NAS box for me. For the front end I run Win7 Pro X64 with XBMC as my portal for HTPC entertainment.


+1 For sickbeard. Pair this with SABnzbd and you will be golden.

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Bonus, i am already a usenet user! I'll look into Sickbeard for the PVR side of life.

From a little investigation XBMC seems to be most common....

Now I just need to get spending!

Thanks all so far.
     
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