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    Re: Media PC build

    Get yourself one of these cases> Tech- Reviews :: The Latest Computer Hardware Reviews - Review : Antec Fusion Black 430 HTPC Case

    Silverstone's are okay but that model is outdated and may not provide adequate cooling.

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    Re: Media PC build

    I have the old V1 antec Fusion. Wish the black one was available when I got my silver fronted one, but still it works fine.

    It is actually not that small compared to the hi-fi components it has to rack up with, so check dimensions.

    The display and volume control are indeed on an internal USB header connector.

    Have you checked out the Shuttle form factors? Some living rooms are easier to hide one of those in, and they are very quiet. Ebuyer often has good stock levels, and the AMD based ones are quite cheap at I think 135 quid for case, PSU and motherboard.

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    Re: Media PC build

    Quote Originally Posted by Webby View Post
    CPU: AMD AM2 Athlon 64 BE-2350 2.1GHz (45W) (£54.16)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H, Onboard graphics support with HDMI out for 1080p output (£42.02)
    Graphics: No Need!

    With this set-up you get HDMI 1080p out of the box silent PSU an LCD display and a remote control which can only be a good thing!
    Bit late, but keep in mind that with that set up the CPU will be doing all of the decoding, will run at 100% doing it and I'm quite certain won't be capable of decoding 1080p anyway.

    Adding in a HD2400 or something would be a much better choice.

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    Re: Media PC build

    Okay guys... back on this again. Going to order over the weekend. Spec below is about final I think, I know a few of these items are on Today Only too so can save a lil' extra there. Everything from Scan except the Fusion as they don't appear to have a black one. ( see below )

    That's from Aria, for £111.57.

    If anyone can find the case or anything cheaper... or if you have any last minute suggestions, please, please, tell me!!

    Missing an OS at the moment, I have a spare XP key I might use, if not I'll buy a Vista key. What do you think is better? I've never seen or used the XP version of media centre?

    Also, if I do buy a Vista key, do I need 32 or 64bit?

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    Many thanks for all your replies so far, I think you'll see I've taken note of a lot of your suggestions. I have an Intel setup here because to be honest, I don't know much about the AMD line up at the moment. If anyone wished to show me a comparable AMD setup for similar/less money with a reason why it's better....

    Glad to listen!!

    Thanks guys,

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    Re: Media PC build

    Quote Originally Posted by Gr44 View Post
    Also, if I do buy a Vista key, do I need 32 or 64bit?
    You won't need either, but looking at other forums, most who bought 32bit now wish they'd bought 64bit, but that's mainly to get around the RAM addressing issue with 32bit (64bit will give you direct access to the increasingly popular 4gb RAM, whereas 32bit won't). If you've no intention of upgrading to 4gb at any point in the life of the system (which you shouldn't need to if it's just a media PC), just stick with 32bit.

    Keep in mind if you want to use that spare XP key, it will have to be an XP MCE key. A standard XP key won't work with MCE. They are different operating systems. You could use standard XP (Pro or Home) and then install something like MediaPortal or GB-PVR. Used the former and it never worked full-screen for me, so I ditched it. Haven't used the latter, but some seem to quite like it. Alternatively you could use Linux with MythTV which I won't even pretend to have any knowledge of.

    Hardware looks good. You could save some pennies on the CPU, as the GPU will be doing all the HD decoding. An E2450 or something will easily be more than adequate. I've only got a laptop's Core Duo (not even the C2D version) and it's perfectly fine. I wouldn't even consider another Keysonic keyboard after this debacle of a mess that I got for mine. Worst hardware I've ever bought, and that includes 2 7200.10s and a Maxtor in the past. The CTRL and Fn keys at the bottom left just randomly fall off. I've given up on the Fn key. It's somewhere behind my desk now. I may just have a faulty model, but it speaks volumes of the build quality and their testing.
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    Re: Media PC build

    Ahhh thanks for the explaining the 32/64bit to me!

    Didn't realize I needed an MCE key so will get Vista instead!

    Might get a lower spec CPU... anyone know what CPU cooler will fit in that case? assume the retail one is fairly loud??

    I have a retail heatsink I could put on from a Q6600... that was fairly quiet if I remember right...

    Cheers

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    Re: Media PC build

    The Intel heatsinks aren't really loud, but then again, you'll likely be wanting really quiet for an HTPC, which is why I went with a mobile dual-core for my HTPC. I'd probably get something like this, which should fit vertically, but I've no idea if it will fit in horizontally. That depends on the motherboard too. It should, but it may be tricky to fit. Probably be fine if you mounted the heatsink outside of the case before you installed the motherboard.

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    Re: Media PC build

    Firstly, thanks for all your help thus far guys.

    I've got the bits, built it up ( for the most part... not got the volume thing working on it yet - Fusion I got )

    Main question is this though: in Vista's media center.... I added the folders with my stuff in, I've sorted them such as:

    F:\Music\Albums\a-z etc...
    F:\Pictures\Sean\canada

    and so on.

    Only thing I don't get, the music folder for example will show up when I got to look at pictures, despite the fact there are no pictures in those folders? You can navigate through all the album folders and come across no photos....

    Anyway to remove that as it'll just be confusing?

    Cheers!

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