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    HTPC build - opinions, derrision or recommendations :)

    A friend of mine loves my HTPC setup so i've spent a few mins putting together a spec - it's fairly rough and i'm very open to suggestions - any thoughts?

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    Re: HTPC build - opinions, derrision or recommendations :)

    I like the antec fusion
    fusion black

    Comes with a quiet (if not silent) 400w PSU which will be more than enough and costs around £110.

    2x120mm fans for cooling which is a nice touch.

    It looks fine though thats just preference.

    I'd probably get the Abit IP-35 instead of the asus though

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    Looks good...

    The ram is on scan today only now, you can save £3 if you add that to your basket before noon...

    I reckon its worth the extra £8 or so to get 500gb samsung instead...

    Graphics might be a bit over kill... A 256mb 2600 pro will cost you half of that and do the job just as well...

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    Re: HTPC build - opinions, derrision or recommendations :)

    The 2400's are great if its just video. Games..not so much

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    Re: HTPC build - opinions, derrision or recommendations :)

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    The 2400's are great if its just video. Games..not so much
    But i thought the 2400's cannot do 1080p properly...
    Its safer getting this imo...

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    Re: HTPC build - opinions, derrision or recommendations :)

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    I like the antec fusion
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    Comes with a quiet (if not silent) 400w PSU which will be more than enough and costs around £110.

    2x120mm fans for cooling which is a nice touch.

    It looks fine though thats just preference.

    I'd probably get the Abit IP-35 instead of the asus though
    Thanks - the fusion is a nice case but it's uATX which might be a limitation. Is the Abit board better then? I'm a bit ASUS centric thesedays (for probably no good reason).

    Quote Originally Posted by SiM View Post
    Looks good...

    The ram is on scan today only now, you can save £3 if you add that to your basket before noon...

    I reckon its worth the extra £8 or so to get 500gb samsung instead...

    Graphics might be a bit over kill... A 256mb 2600 pro will cost you half of that and do the job just as well...
    I couldn't see the 500gb drive but yeah, i take your point and i'd probably do that. The cheapest 2600 pro was £53.61 on scan. I choose that one because it's passive tbh.

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    The 2400's are great if its just video. Games..not so much
    It's a 2600 but yes, it'll suck at games - but it's there for it's low power consumption and hardware video decoding. This won't be a games machine, just a media centre.

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    Re: HTPC build - opinions, derrision or recommendations :)

    Quote Originally Posted by SiM View Post
    But i thought the 2400's cannot do 1080p properly...
    Its safer getting this imo...
    Deffinatly safer to do that. some people say the 2400xt's are fine with 1080p.. other say it struggles.

    I've just built something similar for my GF she doesn't need 1080p though.

    Its got,

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    AMD X2 5000+ Black edition (overclocked at 3.0ghz ) temps are still so low lol
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    etc..

    I will try some 1080p playblack on it later if you're interested?

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    Passive is not worht the extra 80% price increase over this!

    I have that card and although it has a fan it quiet quite...

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    Re: HTPC build - opinions, derrision or recommendations :)

    I've got a 2600 (pro or xt can't remember) sitting in a box at home. I bought it to do some testing versus the 8600GTS (because nVidia's drivers are terrible for media PCs) but couldn't easily get 1:1 mapping on the sammy with the drivers at the time. I might well do that again over the weekend to see where things are at now.

    I deliberately didn't spec the 2400 because of the reported 1080P issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SiM View Post
    Passive is not worht the extra 80% price increase over this!

    I have that card and although it has a fan it quiet quite...
    Aha! Nice one many thanks - now that's a good deal and with free delivery too!
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    Re: HTPC build - opinions, derrision or recommendations :)

    I went with Linux (MYTHTV) have a look at:

    MythTV on an Asus Pundit-P1 AH2

    I have a AMD Athlon 64 X2, 6000 and 2 Nova-T cards.

    Works a treat (and much cheaper)


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    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    Deffinatly safer to do that. some people say the 2400xt's are fine with 1080p.. other say it struggles.

    I've just built something similar for my GF she doesn't need 1080p though.

    Its got,

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    AMD X2 5000+ Black edition (overclocked at 3.0ghz ) temps are still so low lol
    2gb of Geil Ultra PC6400
    320gb Western digital AAKS

    etc..

    I will try some 1080p playblack on it later if you're interested?
    Would be nice to see how that copes... Try 1080p playback with multi-threaded ffdshow... I reckon you will get flawless playback, but high CPU usage...

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    Quote Originally Posted by smallstool View Post
    I went with Linux (MYTHTV) have a look at:

    MythTV on an Asus Pundit-P1 AH2

    I have a AMD Athlon 64 X2, 6000 and 2 Nova-T cards.

    Works a treat (and much cheaper)

    Very interesting - I wouldn't go the linux route myself because he likes VMC (and i'll be the one looking after it since he's not in the computer way of thinking) but the PC there looks neat!
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    I use media portal on xp with a nova-t + remote

    has any one used a mobo with onboard HDCP + VGA? was thinking about that route next time

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    new zalman hd160 plus case should be out soon.

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    Re: HTPC build - opinions, derrision or recommendations :)

    I've just rebuild my HTPC:

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    Works beautifully and plays everything. It's not silent (the CPU and PSU fan is audiable, but not too far from it. The PS3 is noisier.

    Connected to my Sharp XD-1E via DVI-HDMI convertor, so no issues with HDCP and getting 1080p either.

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