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    Combined HTPC/CCTV recorder

    HI
    Under my new HDTV I have a lot of boxes which I would like to combine into less.

    Thinking at the moment is an attractive HTPC to replace the DVD player/Ampifier and CCTV recorder.
    It will need to be play blu ray discs and at the same time record from upto 4 CCTV cameras (low height capture card reqd).
    It will require an HDMI output for my HDTV and a standard VGA for the CCTV monitor.
    As its on 24hr low energy consumption would help.

    Problems to solve.
    1. How powerfull dows it need to be to simultanious CCTV video capture and play Blu ray.
    2. Can I drive the CCTV monitor off the MB integral graphics and my HDTV off a sepaerate card or do I need two cards.
    3. Selction of MB, CPU and Video.
    4. Smalled practical quiet case selection

    Anyone have any thoughts or experience.
    Thanks in advance

    Kev

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    Re: Combined HTPC/CCTV recorder

    Quote Originally Posted by Superkev6969 View Post
    HI
    Under my new HDTV I have a lot of boxes which I would like to combine into less.

    Thinking at the moment is an attractive HTPC to replace the DVD player/Ampifier and CCTV recorder.
    It will need to be play blu ray discs and at the same time record from upto 4 CCTV cameras (low height capture card reqd).
    It will require an HDMI output for my HDTV and a standard VGA for the CCTV monitor.
    As its on 24hr low energy consumption would help.

    Problems to solve.
    1. How powerfull dows it need to be to simultanious CCTV video capture and play Blu ray.
    2. Can I drive the CCTV monitor off the MB integral graphics and my HDTV off a sepaerate card or do I need two cards.
    3. Selction of MB, CPU and Video.
    4. Smalled practical quiet case selection

    Anyone have any thoughts or experience.
    Thanks in advance

    Kev
    Having played with a CCTV DVR today, the thought occurs that it would be hard to combine those two pieces of equipment without building your own. Even then you're better off building two seperate machines into the same box, or modding a blu-ray player into a DVR.

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    Re: Combined HTPC/CCTV recorder

    Quote Originally Posted by Superkev6969 View Post
    HI
    Thinking at the moment is an attractive HTPC to replace the DVD player/Ampifier and CCTV recorder.
    It will need to be play blu ray discs and at the same time record from upto 4 CCTV cameras (low height capture card reqd).
    It will require an HDMI output for my HDTV and a standard VGA for the CCTV monitor.
    As its on 24hr low energy consumption would help.
    Kev
    You won't be able to replace the amp really, unless you can feed a direct line / digital lead into your speaker package.
    Do you need it to be low profile? I have an antec fusion black, takes full height cards and is about as big as an old dvd player. It's actually exactly te same height as my amp so it looks ok for me.
    Quote Originally Posted by Superkev6969 View Post
    Problems to solve.
    1. How powerfull dows it need to be to simultanious CCTV video capture and play Blu ray.
    2. Can I drive the CCTV monitor off the MB integral graphics and my HDTV off a sepaerate card or do I need two cards.
    3. Selction of MB, CPU and Video.
    4. Smalled practical quiet case selection
    Kev
    1. If the blu playback gets off loaded onto a gpu then you don't need a monster macine, depends on how much cpu time te cctv takes.
    2.You could do that with ati chipset mobo and ati chipset card (don't know about nvidia), but you could also just use each of the outputs on the graphics card.
    3.Others here should give better advice on mobo/cpu, but in my media pc I use an abit lg-95 with e2140 with ati hd2400 for graphics. Does me well but you could probably get a better mobo, faster cpu and the newer hd3xxx cards for the same money now.
    4.My antec fusion is damn near silent (the fans on my telly are much louder),

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