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I think with a very efficient cpu like haswell and a modern gpu. You can save power with a system on 24/7 and still max games at 1080p.

My htpc will sleep and wake up on its own to record with wmc. Then go right back to powersave.
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I never use the term HTPC...I just say media machine. I started calling the PC I had hooked up to TV that back before any one even dreamed up the term HTPC. Which makes me wonder...who coined the term HTPC for a PC that is in your living room and connected to a TV? I looked around day and then every one was throwing the term around left and right.

Term started appearing late 90s.... Digital music/video and GPU-TV standard interfaces allowed it to become a thing.

LOL really? I didn't realize it had been around that long.
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VAGRANT STORM had an HTPC before it was cool.  cool.gif

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VAGRANT STORM had an HTPC before it was cool.  cool.gif

I did. I had them hooked up to a CRT TV since getting a Voodoo 3500 that came with RCA hookups, and I've had a PC sitting next to every TV I've had since.

I just guess the term Hoe Theater Personal Computer eluded me for a few years.
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Hmm, what makes people build a htpc over buying like, say a blueray player or a PS3 ?
it seems cheaper to take that alternative and you can do everything you wanted to do with an HTPC

For me it makes sense because instead of disks, all of my media is digitally stored between our NAS and home server. It would be impossible to manage all of those disks and display them in as nice of an interface as you can with a PC (running XBMC or Plex).

Its just simpler than sorting through the disks and picking a movie, here you have them organized very nicely and you can just go down the list, see the covers and other metadata, and pick what you want to watch.

Plex and XBMC are very helpful when your movie collection hits the 500+ range and and you have many many recorded TV shows.

That and anyone on our network can watch whats on our collection, not just the person using the HTPC connected to the TV. Technically I could watch stuff on our server from anywhere I have internet access thanks to Plex.
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Hmm, what makes people build a htpc over buying like, say a blueray player or a PS3 ?
it seems cheaper to take that alternative and you can do everything you wanted to do with an HTPC

Flexibility.

How long did it take to get a Netflix app for the XBox, PS3, or BluRay? Do they support Netflix's Super-HD? How about Amazon Prime stream? How about the next mainstream content platform?

A PC can basically play any format or encoding. A BluRay player may never support something like H.265.

Don't like the interface of BluRay player or PS4? Too bad.

You want to improve image quality with something like MadVR on a XBox One? Too bad.

Want to remotely connect and a watch streaming TV/video while on the road? Not without a lot more work.


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I think with a very efficient cpu like haswell and a modern gpu. You can save power with a system on 24/7 and still max games at 1080p.

My htpc will sleep and wake up on its own to record with wmc. Then go right back to powersave.
You don't even need a discrete GPU anymore with APUs or higher-end Intel CPUs.
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Hmm, what makes people build a htpc over buying like, say a blueray player or a PS3 ?
it seems cheaper to take that alternative and you can do everything you wanted to do with an HTPC

For me it makes sense because instead of disks, all of my media is digitally stored between our NAS and home server. It would be impossible to manage all of those disks and display them in as nice of an interface as you can with a PC (running XBMC or Plex).

Its just simpler than sorting through the disks and picking a movie, here you have them organized very nicely and you can just go down the list, see the covers and other metadata, and pick what you want to watch.

Plex and XBMC are very helpful when your movie collection hits the 500+ range and and you have many many recorded TV shows.

That and anyone on our network can watch whats on our collection, not just the person using the HTPC connected to the TV. Technically I could watch stuff on our server from anywhere I have internet access thanks to Plex.

And even if you use disks...DVDFab on a PC is the best blue ray player on the market...be it software or a stand alone blue ray player. It let's you skip the previews on Netflix/rental disks.
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My HTPC is used to organize my media collection and give me an awesome user interface experience. I store all my media on a home server (unRAID) and stream to the HTPC over a wired network.













My silent HTPC is in my sig.

yeah this is what i invisioned a HTPC to look like, but then i noticed that it looks exactly the same as a regular bluray player, but more expensive.
I see the purpose of building a gaming rig (which i did) since it costs less (in a way) than buying ur own gaming rig.
but HTPC wise, it just seems like buying a bluray is the better/cheaper alternative for the exact same purpose, unless you want to be gaming on your HTPC as well using your 40" TV.
NOTE: i wrote this post only after reading the posts up to the point of the post i quoted, so if you answerd my question in this post already please ignore my question.

EDIT: okay i finished reading all the posts
so basically it comes down to cusomization, and ability to play 1080p games on your tv?

I'm starting to think a HTPC isnt right for me, since I prefer saving money (buying PS3, or a bluray player than building HTPC) over custimization.
(maybe when i get richer and i can afford to build one for thefun of it biggrin.gif)
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I'm of the opinion that a htpc is whatever you want it to be as long as it fulfills your needs in the home theatre. In my case my server serves at my htpc and its not low powered at all.
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yeah this is what i invisioned a HTPC to look like, but then i noticed that it looks exactly the same as a regular bluray player, but more expensive.
I see the purpose of building a gaming rig (which i did) since it costs less (in a way) than buying ur own gaming rig.
but HTPC wise, it just seems like buying a bluray is the better/cheaper alternative for the exact same purpose, unless you want to be gaming on your HTPC as well using your 40" TV.
NOTE: i wrote this post only after reading the posts up to the point of the post i quoted, so if you answerd my question in this post already please ignore my question.

A Blue Ray player can have a library of videos, movies, and music displayed? How do they "look similar"? I don't really get what you are saying here. Certainly a HTPC will cost more than a stand alone blue ray player, but that is because it does so much more...a Blue player is a piece of hardware in a HTPC.

The best part is that my optical disks are all in a box in storage never to see the light of day again and I still have access to everything.
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