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Hey Guys,

I love my living room HTPC so much. My problem is when its late and I just want to lie down in bed and watch something... I have FIOS which allows you to stream content via the network to the other box (bedroom); however, there are file format limitations and the quality blows.

I have an old Pentium D lying around I could use (desktop form factor). Problem is, I would need to access the network wirelessly (wifi card). Then I can't stream HD because I'm on a G wifi network. If I have to invest cash, I would do it in one of those cheap htpc boxes (roku, wd, patriot, etc.) since they're < $100.

Questions:
Do I need wireless N to make this work efficiently? If I do, I assume the best I can do is just transfer the file wirelessly and then watching... but at that point, I might as well transfer to wireless hard drive (since it's faster).

If I run wireless N, what would be the easiest way to share the media?

Is a Pentium D good enough to be a NAS server?

What is the best (economical) solution here?
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Pentium D should be ok as long as you have a video card like the 4350/5450/6450 to handle the HD content itself

also this should be an inexpensive way to get Wireless N speeds and have enough bandwidth on a budget.

http://www.meritline.com/airlink101-awll6075-golden-n-wireless-mini-usb-adapter---p-38742.aspx

also I would recommend this video card

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0386617

also do you have DDR2 lying around or DDR3?
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Originally Posted by dlee7283 View Post

Pentium D should be ok as long as you have a video card like the 4350/5450/6450 to handle the HD content itself

also this should be an inexpensive way to get Wireless N speeds and have enough bandwidth on a budget.

http://www.meritline.com/airlink101-awll6075-golden-n-wireless-mini-usb-adapter---p-38742.aspx

also I would recommend this video card

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0386617

also do you have DDR2 lying around or DDR3?

Just realized it probably doesn't have an HD capable gpu. I guess I also need a new router since the Fios one isn't N. at least I don't think so.

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Pentium D (?? ghz)
?? MB/GB Ram
10/100 NIC
SATA HD's
Integrated GPU

It will need that wireless N adapter and a new gpu.
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The Pentium D is a furnace of a cpu. Probably not the best choice for a NAS or a media PC. It is capable of streaming HD though, I would just worry about heat and power consumption. The Roku idea may be best in this situation, at least from a financial standpoint.
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The Pentium D is a furnace of a cpu. Probably not the best choice for a NAS or a media PC. It is capable of streaming HD though, I would just worry about heat and power consumption. The Roku idea may be best in this situation, at least from a financial standpoint.

I don't plan on using it much in the bedroom. This is literally for maybe 1-2hrs at night. Even w/ Roku, I need to invest in wireless N. Right now, the only cost I have are a GPU and wireless adapter. I shouldn't need any additional hard drives if I'm just streaming.
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Newegg is selling a wireless n USB adapter for $9.99 right now. Just picked one up last night. Got decent reviews. I am also setting up a network for streaming and wireless n is the way to go. I had a g network since one of my pcs didn't have a n adapter and it would stream but when I tested it with n I didn't have any problems. My router is upstairs and on the opposite corner of my house also. N is def the way to go unless you want to run wires which is always better but for me would have been a pain in the ass!
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Newegg is selling a wireless n USB adapter for $9.99 right now. Just picked one up last night. Got decent reviews. I am also setting up a network for streaming and wireless n is the way to go. I had a g network since one of my pcs didn't have a n adapter and it would stream but when I tested it with n I didn't have any problems. My router is upstairs and on the opposite corner of my house also. N is def the way to go unless you want to run wires which is always better but for me would have been a pain in the ass!

A link would go a long way... they have several adapters at that price range...
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I have set up a bedroom HTPC w/o a hdd even recently! Install buntu with persistence in a flash/thumb drive and run XBMC biggrin.gif Hdd prices aren't attractive these days w.r.t pre Thailand floods days anyways tongue.gif
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You own an Xbox 360 or ps3? You can use either to stream content off your pc..
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