What do you use as your HTPC/ Media Player

Discussion in 'HTPC' started by Pugs, Oct 30, 2015.

  1. Pugs

    Pugs Member

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    ok when ever someone posts asking for options everyone re-posts that they use...

    thought we could get a Mega thread going with peoples set ups to show.
    no need to go into all details of your set ups (unless you want to but keep it to one post)

    Mine:

    Media Player:
    OS: Win 8.1
    MB/ CASE: Intel NUC DCCP847DYE
    HD: 60GB SSD MSATA
    RAM: 8GB
    Media Software: XBMC/ Kodi 13 (Gotham)
    Plays 1080p flawlessly

    Server:
    Media Storage and meta data creator

    all connected via Cat6
     
  2. HyRax1

    HyRax1 ¡Viva la Resolutión!

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  3. miicah

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    Media Player: VLC
    OS: Win 7
    PC: Lenovo E320 Laptop
    CPU/RAM: i3 2350m, 4GB RAM, 60GB SSD
    Connected via WiFi

    Having some issues at the moment with my new router, but on my old router, roughly 10m away, played everything thrown at it.

    Server: Specs in sig, running OpenMediaVault with SnapRAID and AuFS pooling
     
  4. power

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    mine (has served me for about 3 years now)

    Media Player/Software: WMC + Media Browser
    OS: Win 7 x64
    MB/ CASE: P5B Deluxe Wifi/Fractal MIDI R2
    HDD: 128GB SSD Crucial + 4*4TB drives
    RAM: 6GB
    GPU: 560TiSOC
    Additional HW: MCE remote, 360 wireless controller
    Tuner: Hauppauge HVR-2200 Dual Digital+Analogue +FMTuner PCIe
    Plays 1080p flawlessly, most games, Steam Streaming

    Server:
    All storage local
     
  5. wintermute000

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    4 years old setup

    i3-2120 Sandy
    Nvidia 520GT to get around the intel 24fps bug - not sure if still required but CBF touching it
    4Gb RAM
    Some asrock Z68 mITX mobo with wifi
    60Gb Intel 330 SSD
    DVD-ROM
    Win10 + Kodi
    Standard 2.1 audio - CBF/can't afford running surround sound and also don't want to buy amplifier

    LG 55", don't use any of the smart functions as Kodi wipes its behind

    Streams everything off Freenas backend (Kodi) or streaming services. The only TV we watch is ABC Kids for the... drumroll... kids, and we don't bother running it through a DVR.

    We need a full blown PC because my missus uses a lot of services that are web based not sure of their availability or workability on various platforms. The PC is the only solution where we know everything streams/works/plays for sure. I also have a really large media library and a lot of streaming boxes choke, not to mention just takes waaaay too long to scroll through 1000 movies with their GUI - a lot of streaming boxes seem to be designed for media libraries a quarter the size (or less) with no thought given to large, diverse libraries. We are also a bilingual household and then theres issues with subtitle fonts, on the fly audio/subtitle switching, library info in multiple languages depending on the specific folder/library etc. which only Kodi can truly handle.
     
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  6. neRok

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    Whenever I upgrade, the current computer becomes the HTPC, and the current HTPC gets gifted to a family member. I think I should sell the current HTPC though and buy a simple new pc for the duties, as the current one is a bit over-spec :weirdo:

    OS: Win 7 x64
    MB/ CASE: Asus m4a78-te in a budget case
    CPU: Phenom II 1045T
    HD: 30GB SSD budget SSD, about to upgrade to 120GB Sandisk SSD, plus 2x1TB in raid 1
    RAM: 8GB
    VID: Gigabyte HD6850
    Media Software: ArgusTV for recording/scheduling, MediaPortal for viewing
    Tuner: Hauppauge HVR-2200 Dual Digital+Analogue +FMTuner PCIe

    I mirror a copy of my 300GB+ flac music collection onto this PC, so I don't have to stream it. It's connected via HDMI to the TV, and the onboard optical to the DAC for music. Thankfully MePo allows you to set differnent audoi renderers for video/tv/music/etc, so I don't have to have the TV on for music pass through or anythin.

    "Server" is my main gaming PC, which I leave on when streaming videos.
     
  7. Thalfura

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    Been running for approx 2 years now.

    Loungeroom
    Raspberry Pi 2 Model B+
    Rasplex

    Bedroom
    Raspberry Pi Model B+
    Rasplex

    Gamesroom
    Raspberry Pi Model B+
    Rasplex

    Outdoors TV
    Raspberry Pi Model B+
    Rasplex

    Server:
    Media Storage
    Win 7 Ultimate
    Plex Media Server
    AMD CPU
    8GB ram

    all connected via Cat6 except Outdoors. That is wifi but still works a treat.
     
  8. Gonadman2

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    We run an ArgusTV/fileserver back end with multiple Kodi front ends.

    Server
    AMD Athlon X2
    24gb ram
    8 x 3TB Seagate
    Winfast DTV2000
    Hauppauge DVR2205
    Server 2008R2

    I find the AMD stuff is good enough for server duty as its relatively low power for an 'always on' machine and generally include more sata ports.

    Theatre
    Q9450
    8GB ram
    HD5570
    Sandisk 240gb SSD
    Meridian 7.1G >> Rotel Power Amps
    Win10 running Kodi

    Lounge
    Intel Macbook running Kodi
    Yamaha RXV-1800

    This system took some setting up but works perfectly.
     
  9. antenna

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    Pentium G3258
    4GB RAM
    HD5750
    Silverstone SG05 (300W PSU)
    HP MCE remote

    Runs Win 8.1 & Plex. Should be good for a few years.

    Server is an HP Microserver with 8TB.
     
  10. IamDan

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    Media Player:
    Intel I5 NUC
    Openelec on a 60GB SSD ********** EDIT NOW LIBREELEC
    8GB RAM
    (Man I love this little beast. Overkill but its quick, quiet and reliable)
    Boots in 8 seconds!

    Raspberry Pi 2's on everything else running kodi EDIT ********* NOW USING RasPi 3's

    NAS:
    Synology DS1513+ with one 513DX extension.

    The Pi's are wireless at this stage but the NUC is CAT6 connected.
     
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  11. Technics

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    We have been using Wyse Z class thin clients (now known as the Dell Wyse 7000 series) as HTPCs lately. They are small, low power (under 15W, typically 9W), passively cooled machines based on dual core AMD G-series embedded x86 CPU's. The integrated ATI video supports UVD acceleration and is fast enough for all 1080P playback. There are also some quad core models but I haven't seen many around.

    They are expensive to buy new but I've been picking them up for well under $100 second hand when they get cleared out of offices. They typically come with 2 or 4GB of RAM and up to 16GB of flash storage. There is the Z90D7 model which only has a MiniPCI-E slot and the less common Z90DE7 which also has a full sized PCI-E slot. They boot OpenELEC very fast.

    My current living room set-up is a Z90DE7 with a TBS-6285 PCI-E DVB-T tuner card and a 256GB SSD shoe horned into the case. I've been trying out TVHeadend on OpenELEC and so far it is working well. It also uses a Pulse Eight CEC adapter so it can be driven from the TV remote over HDMI

    The bedroom set-up is a Z90D7 running OpenELEC and using the living room machine as a back-end for live/recorded TV.

    I know RPi's could do a similar job but I found the UI quite laggy when I tried it (especially with a large library) and they are a bit slow over Ethernet and USB. I would highly recommend picking up one of these machines as an alternative.
     
  12. Sico Music

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    Server:
    i7 860
    8gb ram
    Intel 840 series 120 gb SSD (I think)
    1x 750gb HD
    1x 2tb HD
    Some cheap graphics card I bought off here for nothing
    Corsair 650watt psu
    W7

    Running Plex, 2 TV's running Chromecasts. Server is connected to router by cable everything else is wireless.

    I try not to storage hoard instead just deleting old stuff I feel it's a bit ridiculous keeping the stuff you have already watched especially in this day and age when it takes an hour or so to just re download an entire series.
     
  13. Copie

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    Main HTPC

    Intel i3 NUC 4th Gen
    16gb DDR3L Ram
    480gb m-sata SSD
    7260 AC Wifi

    Running Win 7 + Kodi controlled by the offical ipad app

    Netflix US/UK etc etc is done by an Oppo BPD-103
    Chromecast handles Stan/Netflix AU etc etc

    Office HTPC
    Intel i3 NUC 5th gen
    16gb DDR3L Ram
    120gb m2 ssd

    Running win 10 and intel remote keyboard app

    Master Bedroom
    Intel celeron NUC (2nd gen)
    8gb DDR3L Ram
    120gb 2.5 inch ssd
    Intel AC 7260 wifi

    Running win 10 + Intel remote keyboard app

    Guest bedroom
    Intel PC on a stick
    Logitech K430 keyboard

    Running win 10

    All hardwired via cat 6 (gigabit) except for the PC on a stick though i am contemplating putting a usb to RJ45 converter on it although the wifi seems to be pretty decent on it.

    Draws video from one of 2 servers, one is 72tb + 32tb and the other is 40tb (download box)

    Fairly simple setup, small footprint and they all use so little power and output almost no heat.
     
  14. ipv6ready

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    I'm a single occupant so majority of time my main tv, htpc and NAS is on at the same time, so after some thought I have consolidated my NAS into my main htpc.

    Living Room Server HTPC
    OS: Win 8.1 PRO
    MB: Asus P8H77-I
    CPU: i5-3470s
    GPU: Ausu GTX960 mini
    CASE: Coolermaster Silencio 550
    HD OS: Samsung 840 Pro 120gb SSD
    HDD: 1 x 4tb Toshiba for movies
    HDD: 1 x 2tb WDC Green for wmc
    HDD Files: 1 x 3tb Seagate for storage.
    RAM: 2 x 4gb DDR 1600
    PSU: Seasonic 400w Platinum
    Cooling: corsair h60 and noctua fans
    Media Software: Chrome Browser, WMC and Kodi 13

    Bedroom client
    i3 3220t
    Gtx 750ti low profile
    Corsair 120gb SSD
    Noctua fans
    Seasonic 400w fanless Gold
    Media Software: Chrome Browser, WMC and Kodi 13

    FTA
    Tuner: 2 x Silicondust HD network tuner for 4 channels on gigabit LAN
     
  15. Anakist

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    Intel I3 running an unRAID box as the server (EDIT: 19TB storage of which 3TB is free :(). Minix running Kodi as player. Also have a Boxee sitting around for when / if I set up another TV.

    James
     
  16. Bold Eagle

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    I used my old PC gear for this first one and are awaiting the 6th Gen NUCs (08/01/16) to move to a silent one:

    OS: Win7 Ulitmate running Kodi (TV Addons version)
    Motherboard:p5W DH Deluxe
    CPU:Intel Pentium E5200
    RAM: Crucial Technology 4x1GB
    Video Card:ATI Radeon HD 4300/4500
    PSU: Fractal Design Integra R2 500W
    SSD: Crucial M550 SSD
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB
    Case: Lian Li PC-C32
    Blu Ray/DVD:Lite On Blu Ray Burner

    After finally getting FTTP we can stream 1080p :thumbup:.

    p.s. this unit minus SSD and BluRay will be up for sale in the new year.
     
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  17. Copie

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    For HTPC duties, the 5th will suffice given the skylake is only a marginal increase in performance (and DDR4L) and minimal power consumption savings.

    Good deals around on 5th gens currently as well.

    aka

    250 USD
     
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  18. Bold Eagle

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    Aren't their base models intended at the HTPC candidates? Which I can readily get in Australia for $195:
    https://www.umart.com.au/umart1/pro/Products-details.phtml?id=10&id2=468&bid=2&sid=256245

    Is there any advantage in the i3 over the celeron if it is just a browsing HTPC unit?
     
  19. Copie

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    Not really unless you want to encode/playback 4k content and/or want DTS-HD/HDMA/Atmos audio passthrough.

    Otherwise the celeron is a great unit, more then adequate for the average HTPC
     
  20. Smokin Whale

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    Some quad core Xeon
    16GB ECC
    Loads of storage

    HTPC1/Backup Server

    AMD X2 255 @ 3.1
    4GB RAM
    Integrated graphics @ 1080p
    Some cheap DVB card
    32GB SSD
    Lots of storage

    HTPC 2, 3 & 4

    Some Core 2 Duo overclocked to around 3.3ghz - rock solid stable
    2GB RAM
    24GB/32GB SSD
    Internal graphics @ 1080p
    Some cheap DVB card
    Wi-Fi N or ethernet - either work fine

    All HTPCs run a customised Windows 10 with Kodi, Mediaportal and Emby, which then talks to the main file server. They all sync flawlessly, yet retain their own independent settings for whoever uses it. I'm super chuffed with how well it works and it will play back anything, including X265/HEVC, which my HTPCs before that couldn't (Anything that had a 3.3Ghz C2D or worse would stutter bad in Kodi, including an older i3 I tried - unless it has high priced GPU/latest intel integrated, all of which isn't cheap).

    Each HTPC set me back around $80, which is frankly bugger all for what it can do. They're ugly (just using a generic slim/mid ATX case), but they're hidden out of sight and not too noisy so I don't care. Once 4k becomes a thing and GPUs that can decode 4k at 60hz are cheap then it should be trivial to upgrade them. Saying that, they are very responsive machines and they have been faultless so far. Not too worried about power consumption since they're only used for a couple of hours a day at most and then put into hibernate automatically. I'm sure it's not too bad anyway.
     
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