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Would a Intel Core 2 Duo E2140 be fast enough? Alongside 4GB of DDR2 @ 533MHz and a GT220 512mb DDR2?

If not, i guess i'll use a Q9400 tongue.gif But the E2140 would fit far better in a small HTPC case.
 
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How do you like the iPazzport? I was interested in getting one for my HTPC.

The range is great but typing on the LCD TV has to take some using to biggrin.gif Backlit sweet for use in the dark hehe
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That place looks really Singapore-y

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Would a Intel Core 2 Duo E2140 be fast enough? Alongside 4GB of DDR2 @ 533MHz and a GT220 512mb DDR2?
If not, i guess i'll use a Q9400 tongue.gif But the E2140 would fit far better in a small HTPC case.

Just for playback good to go but that would depend if you want/have a DTS HD Master/Dolby TrueHD capable AVR
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The range is great but typing on the LCD TV has to take some using to biggrin.gif Backlit sweet for use in the dark hehe
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Just for playback good to go but that would depend if you want/have a DTS HD Master/Dolby TrueHD capable AVR

I'd just hook it up to the TV in the loungeroom. With 5.1 speakers at the best. (I'd buy a soundcard for $30 if it came to that).
 
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How was your experience with the Ceton infinitv4? More so relating to installation and dealing with cable company? I've read reviews on newegg and other sites, most people love the card, but I've read some interesting issues with it, like one guy had to reinstall the drivers like once a week. Could be that these users didn't install correctly. Also, did you attempt (or complete) the process of dedicating and controlling a tuner from another Windows Media Center PC? (in retrospec that question may have been misplaced since it appears you are using all 4 on your HTPC)
Edited by herkalurk - 2/20/12 at 9:35am
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How was your experience with the Ceton infinitv4? More so relating to installation and dealing with cable company? I've read reviews on newegg and other sites, most people love the card, but I've read some interesting issues with it, like one guy had to reinstall the drivers like once a week. Could be that these users didn't install correctly. Also, did you attempt (or complete) the process of dedicating and controlling a tuner from another Windows Media Center PC? (in retrospec that question may have been misplaced since it appears you are using all 4 on your HTPC)

Got your PM, sorry, didn't realize I wasn't still following this thread ( or maybe I am, you know how the email can be). When I built this last September, the new law (or FCC ruling) had just went into effect requiring cable company's to provide a self install kit for cable card users, and I have time warner here so.... Went to their office in the biggest city here, after calling a head first, and the lady knew absolutely nothing about it. I could go into all the details about how I made her call a tech in off the road to bring me one and refused to step away from her window until he got there, but I don't want to bore you. Called the special number to pair it up with the card, and of course the card they gave me was bad. It also turns out that I needed a "switched tuner" box from/with time warner in order to receive programing once the card was pared up. This time I went to a smaller TWC office in a small town ( same distance from me) and the lady there was great, knew what I was talking about and had everything I needed including the switched tuner box (which doesn't cost anything extra btw). Only thing was that the Motorola tuner boxes could only handle 2 tuners according to the web, she made a call and told me that they said it should work and would issue me a second if it didn't. Turns out that once it downloads new firmware via the cable plugged into it, it can now handle 6 tuners. Called the special number again, and read off a few numbers and setting off the htpc for the guy and I was good to go.

The ceaton install was mostly plug n play as I recall. You can bring up each tuner in your browse via it's own individual IP address. Shows temp of each tuner etc.. There were a few bugs at first, missing recordings, because the switched tuner didn't resync sometimes after the pc would do an update and reboot (blinking green light code on the box). I would have to unplug the USB cable and/or unplug the power to it. But that didn't last long, I don't know weather it was a windows update or one to the switched tuner, but it's been almost flawless for months now.

I didn't/haven't tried the networked tuner on a different PC, I use xbox's as extenders, which work great. I don't think it would be a big thing to setup though. As mentioned above, each tuner has it's own IP and I think windows see's it as a network card so....

I did keep my 2 HDHomeruns hooked up. At first I was going to add them to the HTPC, but for one, it was missing an episode or two of the big bang theory, and two, I'm still using vista on my main PC here. The benefit of vista over W7 is that I can edit the ones I want to keep (via TVToolbox) and W7 on the htpc see's them in the line up. So I setup them up on the vista pc....

So I can do this:

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But yes, I highly recommend the ceaton ( their suppose to come out with a 6 tuner version). It's the best cable card setup out there now. Until someone comes out with a satilite dish htpc card or at least a 6 tuner 1 cable card (cable labs limit) setup, it's the best out there.

Hope this helps...thumb.gif


EDIT:
Wrote this based on your PM questions, but to what you said above about other users. My htpc dose only one thing, home theater. You of course know how programs and things can have issues with each other. So I guess there could be problems with certain cards, but my guess would be conflicts with other hardware/software. Mine is a clean install which I watch TV, ripped DVD's and stream Netflix and a occasional youtube ( plus blu-rays). I did add a slot fan to it to keep the ceaton tuners cooler. Can't remember if I done this for a reason or just didn't like the temps I saw. Probably was because I read it some where on the net plus I had the slot fan laying here already. I would however recommend a faster cpu than mine. It does OK but can stutter (5 to 10 seconds) from time to time when you first go into something (ie. tv recordings, movies etc..).
Edited by mathelm - 2/22/12 at 12:46pm
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Yeah, I also read a lot of reviews that say the card gets hot when using more than 2 tuners. I also saw that the Inifini TV 4 PCI E card just dropped $100, so that might push my HTPC plans up.

The reason I asked about the dedication of tuners to another room, is because I'm planning to only dedicate 2 to the HTPC, and the other 2 to my desktops. My wife is constantly in her office upstairs, and would be great if she could watch TV through windows media center, and just releasing control to her PC.

I didn't realize that each tuner got it's own ip. I read that the software creates a windows network bridge to the card, but I guess I didn't catch the part that there is 1 for each tuner. What ports (if any) had to be forwarded on your router?
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Here's my own HTPC, my $20 Submarine. It's temporarily out of commission since i sold the H50 to go full water on it. I might add a tuner card in the future, once they became more affordable. Mainly this machine is for watching movies/anime/recorded TV programs/BOINCing.

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Here's my own HTPC, my $20 Submarine. It's temporarily out of commission since i sold the H50 to go full water on it. I might add a tuner card in the future, once they became more affordable. Mainly this machine is for watching movies/anime/recorded TV programs/BOINCing.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't removing the front hard drive mount racks improve airflow? That is, if you have a fan in the front.

Also, I'm super jealous of your H50 (well, your old H50). I wish i could put my HTPC on water, but money is tight. =/
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't removing the front hard drive mount racks improve airflow? That is, if you have a fan in the front.
Also, I'm super jealous of your H50 (well, your old H50). I wish i could put my HTPC on water, but money is tight. =/

I have a fan in the front, a 92mm F9 PWM from Artic Cooling, dead silent and pushes quite a bit of air.

I do not want to remove the rest of the hdd rack, will work as the hideout for the pump and res for my loop. I've modded that case from 2 80mm intakes to 2 92mm intakes and 1 120mm exhaust, and will soon be modded to add 2 120mm intakes at the bottom for the 240mm rad i've planned to add and some random cuts here and there to make cable management easier. And to think this case was $20, and came with one of those crap PSU's you don't even want to look at... thumb.gif

I bought my H50 on the OCN marketplace for like $45 a year ago. You could get a similar deal on an H50 or H60, they're not that expensive (someone sold one recently for $35, go figure). Hell, the most expensive upgrade i'll do to my build will be the WCing loop, not even the parts alone will be that much since some of them were free. But considering i'm doing this for silence rather than cooling, i don't mind. Plus, i've been saving for 4-5 months to get both my PC's watercooled, it's not like i have money to spare. biggrin.gif

EDIT: wow, your HTPC is very similar to mine, at least the CPU is. Early Conroes are pretty nice chips for the money, and OC pretty nicely without unloading a ton of heat. My E6400, even though it's lapped and veeeery overvolted (G41 chipsets truly fail for OCing), didn't push over 50c @ 2.73 GHz on BOINC, and like 40c on 1080p playback, so i could undervolt all the fans on my HTPC and it was always cool and silent.
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