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I wouldn't pay $100 for an OS if the budget is $400...
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post #12 of 14
run ubuntu with xbmc, unless a tv tuner card is going to be in use, cause xbmc oob is fail then.
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post #13 of 14
why don't you just subscribe to Comcast Cable TV? It's got live sports and all you need is a DVR which they also bundle in when you sign up. Cheapest route if you ask me... As for Hulu, I think comcast has something similar called Video on demand tv shows or something like that.
    
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post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by Greensystemsgo View Post
theirs reports of people running the noctua dh14's passively, but on a short term basis. I wouldnt passivly cool that x2, or any REAL processor. invest in a decent, silent cooler.
People are cooling Core i5 and i7 (Lynnfields) with the Noctua NH-D14 passively. Something like an Athlon II X2 would be a piece of cake for it. However, it's huge so I don't really see how it would fit in a cute little HTPC case.

Going completely passive is unnecessary. Even running a fan at around 500~800RPM usually generates very little noise while providing much, much better cooling. For quiet cooling in small form factors, I'm a big fan of the Scythe Shuriken and Big Shuriken. However, you might want to try the stock AMD cooler first. Stock coolers have improved quite a bit over the years (that or CPU cooling requirements have been considerably lessened) and a lot of people have mentioned that they're fairly quiet.

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Originally Posted by robwadeson View Post
why don't you just subscribe to Comcast Cable TV? It's got live sports and all you need is a DVR which they also bundle in when you sign up. Cheapest route if you ask me... As for Hulu, I think comcast has something similar called Video on demand tv shows or something like that.
Then they'd be better off sticking to Dish. It's cheaper than cable.

Without DVR, my cable TV bill (Charter) was $85/month and that's with only one TV with an HD box. Since I've cut the cord, it's nice having an extra $1000/year available for my PC hobby.
Edited by rui-no-onna - 4/9/11 at 11:42am
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