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Windows 7: I'm planning on making a Client HTPC. suggestions?

07 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
I'm planning on making a Client HTPC. suggestions?

Currently I have my main HTPC (Alpha) connected to the TV upstairs. I want to connect a form of multimedia system to the downstairs tv (Let's call this one Delta), which streams my media from Alpha upstairs. Both rooms have a wired internet connection (HPNA via Telus Optik TV). I could use something like a WD TV Live, but it would not allow me to access file metadata, like I can in Media Browser in WMC. WMC in Xbox doesn't support all file formats well, and doesn't do subtitles (which i need, especially in foreign movies). And I want to have it work as a Bluray player, which rules out everything except for TMT/PowerDVD as a WMC plugin.

For software, I plan to have both computers running Windows 7, using WMC, Media Browser, and ToltalMedia Theatre 5. Delta will be configured solely for WMC and will be used via remote. Media Browser on Delta will link directly to Alpha's media folders.

As for hardware, Alpha currently has this (will try to add the newegg links):
BIOSTAR H61MU3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G620
SAMSUNG Sata II 1tb drive
LG Black Blu-ray Drive
hec 7K09BBA30FNRX Micro ATX Media Center 300W Power Supply / HTPC Case
Corsair Force Series CSSD-F60GB2-BRKT-A 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

It works fine, but since I'm building a new system I can upgrade Alpha and put the old parts into Delta.
Then these parts will go into Alpha:
GIGABYTE GA-H77M-D3H LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
OCZ Solid 3 SLD3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC
Intel i3-3225 with HD 4000 graphics (It's not out yet, but I don't need an i5)

And Delta will get the old remote, Mobo, CPU, SSD, and:
hec Black 0.7mm Thickness SECC Steel 7K09BBA30FNRX Micro ATX Media Center 300W Power Supply / HTPC Case (yes same case. It's cheap and nice)
LG Black 12X Internal Blu-ray Drive

Overall the upgrade and creating new system should cost about $440 (software cost is covered). Does this sound like a sensible plan? Is there anything I need to be cautious about?

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