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post #1 of 12
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Ok so I just ordered the following....
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16856107067

This will be used on a 40" Toshiba 1080P LCD and also an InFocus Projector.

I'm only going to be using this for HTPC it will be used to play DVD's/MKV's/Netflix for now and will be getting a BR drive later. No gaming, no surfing etc.

I've got 2GB of ram on order for it, and have a 160GB HDD that I'll be installing in it, (all my media is disc based or stored on a central server)

I've got both Vista Ultimate and Win7 Pro that I can throw on it I'm leaning towards Win7 myself.

Any thought's on this will it run pretty smoothly running Media Center? Thanks, can't wait to get my hands on this thing and set it up.
post #2 of 12
dont use vista, whats something like this run you?
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dont use vista, whats something like this run you?
The bare bones was 209, it has wireless, a slim line dvdrw drive, dual core atom, I spent $32 on 2GB of ram, HDD and OS I already have. So less than 250.
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Windows 7 for sure
Good luck if you have any high bitrate MKVs.
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Windows 7 for sure
Good luck if you have any high bitrate MKVs.
Shouldn't be any problem as ION offers full hardware accleration, not to mention this is a Dual Core Atom not single core.
post #6 of 12
Just last weekend I was doing some research on the same issue until I came across the WD TV Live Plus. It plays all my movie files (mkv, avi, m2ts etc.) stutter free. It also can hook up to your network with a usb adapter. I heard it lagged a little streaming 1080p with a usb adapter so I picked up a WD powerline adapter instead which has been amazing thus far. With this I am able to connect to my network and streaming is perfect. Cost was $99 for each item. Im loving my purchase and glad i didnt get another HTPC. Just throwing out another option...

edit: the ions do have some trouble with high def mkv files, which kept me away from that set up.
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Just last weekend I was doing some research on the same issue until I came across the WD TV Live Plus. It plays all my movie files (mkv, avi, m2ts etc.) stutter free.
edit: the ions do have some trouble with high def mkv files, which kept me away from that set up.
It is worse than the atom for high bitrate files. I have buried somewhere good for 98% of movies though.
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post #8 of 12
I vote Boxee or XBMC. Other than that, looks like a great setup. How much are you paying for the HD. Reason I'm asking is, wouldn't you rather spend a little more on an SSD if all of your files are local and disc media based?
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@Spaceghost I actually picked up Seagates version of what you described, it wouldn't play many of my MKV's at all and the interface was abomidable. I guess I should mention that, this will predominately be used by my In-Law's whom we currently live with on there TV and then my Projector on our "family movie nights" So it needs to be as easy as possible for them to use and "just work" Most of my files are only 720p (my TV/Projector are both 720P native so no reason to waste space on 1080P that I wont see any difference with)so I have no worries about bitrate. Hence why I went this option. Trust me I would love to be able to find something affordable ($200 or less) that did what I want but haven't been able to so far. Lastly I will eventually down the road be adding a BR drive to for BR playback but not right now.

@ca.j.stokes - I already have the HDD it's one I've had for a while so it's not costing me anything otherwise I'd just go with a 32GB ssd or something.
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I vote Boxee or XBMC. Other than that, looks like a great setup. How much are you paying for the HD. Reason I'm asking is, wouldn't you rather spend a little more on an SSD if all of your files are local and disc media based?
I'm definately checking those out, I've been using MC&Media Browser for forever now so really haven't kept up with some of the other stand alone MC software out there, looks pretty cool though, think I'll play around with em on my main media center and see how I like em.
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