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Hey everyone,

I'm looking to setup my TV with surround sound and a receiver and was thinking an HTPC may be a good investment. The issue is that I'm not sure if what I want is possible at a reasonable price. I took the survey in one of the essential threads to get an idea of what I wanted based on my needs, and I believe I answered it appropriately. Guess the question I have is 2 fold; 1) Is this possible and 2) is it possible at a reasonable price? I have my main desktop with storage hard drives which have videos and music on it that I can retrieve using the HTPC, so likely anything stored on the HTPC would be backed up on the main PC then deleted for space when/if needed. Thanks.


Video features:
  • Playing DVD: 5
  • Playing Blu-Ray: 5
  • Playing HD-DVD: 5
  • Playing archived video files at up to 1080p: 5

Audio features:
  • High-quality output for external amplifier: 4
  • Multi-channel positional output for 5.1/7.1 audio: 5

PVR (Tivo-esque) features:
  • Scheduled recording & playback of HD signals: 5
  • Time-shifting of "live" TV: 5
  • Simultaneous recording & time-shifting: 5
  • Viewing and recording a combined total of more than 2 HD channels simultaneously: 3

Storage features:
  • Store compressed audio files: 1
  • Store uncompressed audio files: 1
  • Store compressed video: 1
  • Store high-def video: 1
  • Read from SD/MMD/Compact Flash etc: 0

"Computing" features:
  • Browse web & send/read e-mail: 3
  • Archive CDs/DVDs: 3
  • Archive Blu-Ray discs: 3
  • Archive HD-DVD discs: 3
  • Burn DVD (+R, -R, DL): 0

Gaming features:
  • Play "classic" video games: 1
  • Play "modern" video games: 3
  • Play "latest" video games: 2

Network features:
  • Playing streaming internet video (Hulu, YouTube): 5
  • Play streaming internet/local audio (Pandora): 5
  • Play streaming local compressed video: 5
  • Play streaming local high-def video: 5
  • Serve streaming audio: 3
  • Serve streaming video: 3

Aesthetic features:
  • Small physical footprint: 4
  • Attractive/professional appearance: 4
  • Outward appearance indistinguishable from home audio/video components: 4
  • Low noise levels: 5
  • Low power consumption: 3


Edit: I am far too organized sometimes.... edited it to look nice like 3 times now lol.
Edited by Crunkles - 3/8/12 at 8:21am
    
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I would say yes but for live tv/pvr: are you doing cable tv or OTA, etc?
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I would say yes but for live tv/pvr: are you doing cable tv or OTA, etc?

I will most likely be using Cox Digital Cable when I move into my new apartment this month.
    
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Originally Posted by Crunkles View Post

I will most likely be using Cox Digital Cable when I move into my new apartment this month.

Then you'll need a CableCard tuner to do the recording. Ceton Infinitv 4 or HD Home Runner are the main choices and they're $200. Renting the cablecard is pretty cheap, my area is $2 a month.

To answer your two questions
  1. Yes, this is possible. The Aesthetic part is where you'll probably be spending time since a case I suggest, may not be something you like
  2. What's your idea of reasonable price? Some people think $1000 is reasonable, others think $300. The CableCard tuner alone is $200 so consider that.
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Here is my current consideration. Should I go with 4GB or 8GB of RAM? Am I forgetting anything to meet what I'm looking for (other than blueray drive, hdd)? And does it need an upgrade to accomplish it?

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post #6 of 14
Get this for RAM.Cheaper and it's 8GB.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345

You said you want blu-ray playback so why not just get a blu-ray drive/burner instead of the dvd drive on your list?
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Get this for RAM.Cheaper and it's 8GB.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345

Will definitely go with that RAM if I need 8GB for a HTPC.

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You said you want blu-ray playback so why not just get a blu-ray drive/burner instead of the dvd drive on your list?

Oh forgot to remove the DVD drive from my wishlist. I have a Blu-ray burner in my current PC that I'd take out and put in this.
    
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Would actually go with this Lian Li case. Smaller and $10 less.
    
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post #9 of 14
Why do you need more than 4GB in a HTPC?


The APU is memory clock dependent.

Get 30nm Samsung RAM instead.
The 2x2GB kit is sold out: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147095
Get two 2GB modules: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147093

These overclock to over 2000MHz easily and are low profile to not block airflow.
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Why do you need more than 4GB in a HTPC?
The APU is memory clock dependent.
Get 30nm Samsung RAM instead.
The 2x2GB kit is sold out: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147095
Get two 2GB modules: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147093
These overclock to over 2000MHz easily and are low profile to not block airflow.

Didn't think I'd needed 8GB, but figured if I installed a game on it then it'd be there. I don't know what you mean about the APU and why you've suggested that specific RAM. Could you elaborate please, I'm a little confused redface.gif
    
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