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Hi,
I just recently built my new media server (specs in my signature). After some consideration where to put it (there's not a lot of choice in my home as I don't want to hear it, even though it's quiet enough), I ended up putting it in the walk-in closet. Now I have this server sitting right beside my main living room TV, just on the other side of the wall. So I figured I would connect this rig through the wall to my main TV and use it as HTPC as well.
The problem is, there is no sound card on the server and I need some proper GPU.
  1. I did some searching and found that my only option, probably, is to buy one of these: PCI Express x1 video cards. Or is there anything better suited for server boards (no PCIe-16x)?
  2. The choices of 1x cards are very limited. Please recommend, which would work best for running XBMC. I've been nvidia user for years now, but when it comes to HTPC cards, I'm pretty clueless, so please recommend what to get.
  3. What should I do for sound?
  4. Any other suggestions, anything I forgot to consider, please let me know.

Thanks in advance for any help.
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From those choices, the cheapest and most reliable card would be the Zotac GT 610:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500299

Since it has HDMI, assuming your TV has this as well (or if you have a stereo receiver) the sound will be taken care of through that output.

Granted, XBMC doesn't really take a lot of resources to run. I used to run it off of my Sandy Bridge Celeron G530 using the integrated Intel HD (not even 3000 or 4000 level) graphics. Currently, my Mac Mini with the HD4000 integrated GPU can also pull this off as well.

However, another cheap, and possibly rather fun experiment would be to run XBMC off of a Raspberry Pi unit and have it pointed to your file server for all your media needs. It may end up costing you about the same as the video card above, but also open up possibilities to do other neat little tasks as well. thumb.gif
     
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From those choices, the cheapest and most reliable card would be the Zotac GT 610
Thank you for recommendation. Ordered.
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Granted, XBMC doesn't really take a lot of resources to run. I used to run it off of my Sandy Bridge Celeron G530 using the integrated Intel HD (not even 3000 or 4000 level) graphics. Currently, my Mac Mini with the HD4000 integrated GPU can also pull this off as well.

However, another cheap, and possibly rather fun experiment would be to run XBMC off of a Raspberry Pi unit and have it pointed to your file server for all your media needs. It may end up costing you about the same as the video card above, but also open up possibilities to do other neat little tasks as well. thumb.gif
Yep. I will get a dedicated htpc box later on, as I'm thinking of trying out ESXi on the server, but that's in the future, when I get some free time.
I am using Jetway Atom D525 Nvidia ION2 Mini-Top atm. And it's working ok for everything, except hi10p. So I will get something more powerfull and future proof and use this mini-top in some other room.
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Since it has HDMI, assuming your TV has this as well (or if you have a stereo receiver) the sound will be taken care of through that output.
I do not have a receiver yet. I have no way to properly run the cables for surround speakers atm. As it happens, I usually watch XBMC late in the evening or at night, so as not to disturb the sleeping family and neighbors, I use MixAmp 5.8 wireless with Sennheiser HD595 headphones. And I love it smile.gif I need an optical audio out to plug into the MixAmp, and my TV has an optical audio out. Does this mean, I could use HDMI to feed audio to TV and then use optical out on the TV to pass the signal to MixAmp? Oh and one more, probably stupid question: does this mean, that video card does sound as well? Because I was concerned that this server board has no sound, as a normal mobo would, so I thought I would look into getting some USB sound card (all PCIe slots are used up already). If I could avoid the additional expense of getting a sound card, that would be awesome.

Thank in advance for any answers.
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Does this mean, I could use HDMI to feed audio to TV and then use optical out on the TV to pass the signal to MixAmp?

While I have not done this myself, in theory, yes, that is how it will work. thumb.gif
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Oh and one more, probably stupid question: does this mean, that video card does sound as well? Because I was concerned that this server board has no sound, as a normal mobo would, so I thought I would look into getting some USB sound card (all PCIe slots are used up already). If I could avoid the additional expense of getting a sound card, that would be awesome.

Yes, there should be a sound chip (not sure who the OEM is - either Realtek or C-Media) on the video card itself in order to help output the sound through HDMI. So you are correct, a separate USB sound card would not be necessary - unless of course you want to pursue down that (expensive) path. wink.gif
     
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