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Yea, I don't miss cable much. Most shows I can watch on HULU or other online sites.
My wife has a few shows she misses (Food Network mainly).
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Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129 View Post
So I'm looking into building an HTPC for my parents. It would be used for watching and recording TV, watching Blu-ray DVDs, watching things on Netflix and youtube, doing Skype calls, and basic internet browsing and light gaming (Torchlight, LOTRO).



I've picked out the core components that I think would do best for the job:

AMD Athlon II X4 640 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-871-_-Product)
Geil 4GB DDR3 1066 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-262-_-Product)
MSI 740GM-P25 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-288-_-Product)
Asus Radeon HD5450 Silent (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-377-_-Product)

And for a case and PSU the Antec NSK6582B with the Earthwatts EA430D Green. Some people hate on these cases, but I chose it specifically because of the excellent hard drive mounting system which has silicone grommets and all that, it's a very quiet case with adequate cooling that's fairly easy to work with, and it comes with a quality PSU.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ntec%20nsk6582

Lite-On Blu-ray drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-325-_-Product

And Windows 7 Home Premium.

So anyway, that leaves two major components of an HTPC missing: the TV tuner and the hard drive.

I want a reliable 1TB drive so we can store a lot of shows and movies at once, use it as a tivo unit but less sucky. However, I want one that's fairly quiet. The rig doesn't have to be 100% silent, but it should be on the quiet side. I know Samsung F3 drives are cheap, but they're also a little on the loud side from what I've heard. What are some good quiet options?


Finally, I don't know much about TV tuners. I was looking at this one from Hauppauge: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16815116036 But I really don't know what's important to look for.


Any advice?

regarding the TV tuner...

I am using the Technisat Skystar 2 PCI, its a great card, and is almost the best one in the market.

there is also the Technisat Skystar2 HD, and USB editions.

Technisat is one of the best TV tuner cards manufacturers ever.
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post #13 of 22
I'd recommend the SiliconDust HDHomeRun Dual. We have one for OTA and there isn't anything like it. Beyond that it feeds any device on our network wired GigE or wireless 802.11n. You won't be limited to only one device.

http://www.silicondust.com/products/hdhomerun/atsc/
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129 View Post
So I'm looking into building an HTPC for my parents. It would be used for watching and recording TV, watching Blu-ray DVDs, watching things on Netflix and youtube, doing Skype calls, and basic internet browsing and light gaming (Torchlight, LOTRO).



I've picked out the core components that I think would do best for the job:

AMD Athlon II X4 640 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-871-_-Product)
Geil 4GB DDR3 1066 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-262-_-Product)
MSI 740GM-P25 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-288-_-Product)
Asus Radeon HD5450 Silent (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-377-_-Product)

And for a case and PSU the Antec NSK6582B with the Earthwatts EA430D Green. Some people hate on these cases, but I chose it specifically because of the excellent hard drive mounting system which has silicone grommets and all that, it's a very quiet case with adequate cooling that's fairly easy to work with, and it comes with a quality PSU.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ntec%20nsk6582

Lite-On Blu-ray drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-325-_-Product

And Windows 7 Home Premium.

So anyway, that leaves two major components of an HTPC missing: the TV tuner and the hard drive.

I want a reliable 1TB drive so we can store a lot of shows and movies at once, use it as a tivo unit but less sucky. However, I want one that's fairly quiet. The rig doesn't have to be 100% silent, but it should be on the quiet side. I know Samsung F3 drives are cheap, but they're also a little on the loud side from what I've heard. What are some good quiet options?


Finally, I don't know much about TV tuners. I was looking at this one from Hauppauge: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16815116036 But I really don't know what's important to look for.


Any advice?

I recommend the Hap'1250 used it within WMC and it worked just fine!
I know someone who has one he no longer needs, hint hint
    
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post #15 of 22
My WD 2TB EARS is really quiet, it tends to spin down a bit, but if they're actively watching TV it won't be a problem.

The question of the tuner is heavily influenced by what type of signal they receive. If they get anything other than basic cable, you'll need a Cable Card tuner (the slimmest pickings you can imagine). There's a much anticipated Silicon Dust tuner coming out soon that will allow for a full breadth of HD watching.

The Ceton quad tuner (previously mentioned) is your only other decent option and will allow all digital and HD channels provided you wish to pay the high price of entry and the monthly fee.

For basic cable, and OTA HD I highly recommend the AverMedia Duo Hybrid
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For basic cable, and OTA HD I highly recommend the AverMedia Duo Hybrid
Sorry to butt in, but is that something someone would have to look for used? Or is it just hard to find in the US?
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with my wd green i cant hear it unless i put my ear right next to while itas running, but spin up is a tad louder, but not noticble unless your next to it
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Sorry to butt in, but is that something someone would have to look for used? Or is it just hard to find in the US?
Avermedia's parts can be difficult to find sometimes, particularly considering not everything is released in every market. The best bet may be ebay.
    
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I have an F3 drive and it was kinda driving me nuts because it would vibrate and hum a little bit. I fixed it by stealing 4 of my girlfriends hair ties and putting them around it 2 one way 2 the other. The only sound it makes now is when its accessed and does its initial spin up.

Not sure if this helps or not but hey OP you have helped me a lot in the past so I thought I would give you my tip
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Every new HDD is practically inaudible and for a TV tuner: this, I have it and love it
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