What do i need for htpc?

Discussion in 'HTPC' started by leathal, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. leathal

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    G'day guys...

    Just got a New Samsung TV...

    Thought about popcorn hour but think a HTPC would be better...

    Now what is needed for a HTPC?

    So i presume MOBO,
    CPU,
    GPU (will be upgrading my 8800gt so this might do),
    Lots of HDD,
    Optical,
    PSU,
    Case, Maybe Mini P180 White, i have a spare Antec 900 but i think it will be to noisy...

    Sound??? What if i want to buy a HT in a months time?

    I under stand parts dont need to be expensive but what should i be looking for.

    Whats the deal with a Tuner card, do i need one? Is their any difference between connecting the antenna to the Tuner card or the TV its self?
     
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    leathal

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    10 char char
     
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    This is back on the agenda... Please help
     
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    Tuner card is for recording tv shows and movies onto your HDD.
    You can either get a small case that unobtrusive and fits in with your amp/dvd/TV etc.
    Or a large tower with good airflow/cooling that you can use large quiet fans and CPU heatsink.
    You can use windows vista or 7 with windows media center, or linux with myth TV

    edit: As far as components, anything modern can be a HTPC just for regular TV content and DVD, but you need more grunt if you are dealing with bluray and ripping HD content
     
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    Your 8800GT will handle it, but won't output sound, and is too hot and noisy for your needs. I recommend a video card that is passively cooled.

    The newer 5 series ATI cards will output audio over HDMI, and should be compatible with an AV receiver.
     
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    Why not get a mobo with built-in GPU? Save $ and fanless so no noise.
     
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    ^^^ Any with a 5xxx series GPU out yet?
     
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    I was thinking the i3s or something
     
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    I like the ION Zotac boards but if you're looking at i3 then a H55 board may be best for htpc purposes.
     

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