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Hi all, i was looking at possibly building myself one of thse after christmas, i really just want to know the main benefits, here is my current Picture and Sound setup:

* Philips 32"
* Sony DA1200ES 7CH Amplifier
* Yamaha 5.1 Surround Sound
* PS3 (used to watch films and obviously play games)

BTW The PS3 has had a 120gb HDD installed

Much help appreciated

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The LCD isn't great dude, it's 720p, you want 1080p. Look around a bit, I'm sure you can find one for a really great price. If you need help let me know.

Ditch the receiver and the speakers, just get an all-in-one surround set up. You'll not be disappointed.

Anyway, that's all I can say dude, good luck with your buys.
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A big plus side of HTPC's has always been the ability to transfer and view content without purchasing extra peripherals. For example, if you were to have a day out with the family, and caught some decent footage ready to be uploaded to the computer and burnt onto a disc, you could save yourself the hard work and the money spent on buying the discs by simply uploading it to your HTPC, and playing it through your TV.

The general concept of the above applies to lots of situations, and becomes very beneficial in the long term. I personally think that a HTPC is a must for anyone who is interested in putting together a small home theater system.

Hope this helps.
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Here's a few better LCD's, but they'll probably be a bit more expensive since they're 1080p, although they are cheaper than store price, that's for sure.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16889253134
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16889101108
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16889102221
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The LCD isn't great dude, it's 720p, you want 1080p. Look around a bit, I'm sure you can find one for a really great price. If you need help let me know.
I know it's only 720p, i just don't know if its worth spending extra money for a 1080p for my bedroom... it's not really realistic

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Ditch the receiver and the speakers, just get an all-in-one surround set up. You'll not be disappointed.
I assure you i am not disappointed with my current setup, this amplifier is one of the best you could buy about 5months ago... here is a review

So basically i wont change any of my current setup, i am very pleased with it and the only thing i might change in the future is going to be my TV

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The general concept of the above applies to lots of situations, and becomes very beneficial in the long term. I personally think that a HTPC is a must for anyone who is interested in putting together a small home theater system.
Thanks, this is just what i needed

Thanks for all your help

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I assure you i am not disappointed with my current setup, this amplifier is one of the best you could buy about 5months ago... here is a review

So basically i wont change any of my current setup, i am very pleased with it and the only thing i might change in the future is going to be my TV
Not to be mean, but the best amps you can buy cost thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars, not $700. I'm sure it's a great amp though.

About the HTPC, do you think you would use it? If you have no urge to watch movies on software, or upload pictures/whatever onto it, I think you'd be better off with the PS3 you currently have that can do most of that. You might want to look into buying a bigger HDD for the PS3 if you go that route. 320GB 2.5" drives can be found for under $100 these days.
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The LCD isn't great dude, it's 720p, you want 1080p. Look around a bit, I'm sure you can find one for a really great price. If you need help let me know.

Ditch the receiver and the speakers, just get an all-in-one surround set up. You'll not be disappointed.

Anyway, that's all I can say dude, good luck with your buys.
720p vs 1080p does not matter on 32" screen if you view it from more than 6ft. You cannot tell the difference. Contrast and picture quality are more important at that size since they are noticable.




As for the OP, do you really need it then? You can use it to placeshift/timeshift TV viewing to other computers, Netflix streaming services, DVR, and Windows Media hub.
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720p vs 1080p does not matter on 32" screen if you view it from more than 6ft. You cannot tell the difference. Contrast and picture quality are more important at that size since they are noticable.
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I'd look into a Series 3 or Tivo HD. I looked into building an HTPC but found that you won't be able to record encrypted digital cable channels without a cable box. The new Tivos will use CableCARDs which replace digital cable boxes and will record anything.

Plus you can install the Tivo Desktop software and transfer videos to and from your PC. And they're way cheaper than any HTPC that you can build.

I heart my Tivo!!!!

http://www.uk.tivo.com/0.0.asp
     
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Just use the PS3 imo.
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