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Windows 7: Hows this for an HTPC build?

23 Feb 2011   #1
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Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Hows this for an HTPC build?

I'll be using a GeForce 8800GTS card already on hand.
Here's the rest of the components; thoughts, suggestions, comments welcome:

ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX

CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5

LITE-ON Black 4X Blu-ray Disc Reader SATA Model iHOS104-08

nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 5000B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Thermaltake TR2 W0379RU 500W ATX 12V v2.2 Power Supply

Rosewill WMC Remote control/Rcvr RRC-127 for Win 7

I'm thinking about using Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit and XBMC as the primary media interface

The other option is to use this case:
APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Which saves me a couple bucks and also comes with a power supply which saves an additional $60

Anything I'm missing?

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23 Feb 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Will you be using a tuner card?
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23 Feb 2011   #3
211

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I don't think I need one. I don't subscribe to cable TV service (just internet). Unless there's something I can get by plugging the coax cable in (besides the 3 or 4 free local stations).

Mainly I want to access the movies on my PC hard drive as well as access to sites like Hulu and whatnot.

Oh duh, speaking of which, I forgot to add a hard drive:

HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C HDS721010CLA332 (0F10383) 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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23 Feb 2011   #4

Window's 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I used the 435 Rama 2.9 X-3 with that board and it open up the other core making it a quad core Phenon X4 945 I think it was for a customer used 4 gig of Kingston HyperX PC6400 ran prime 95 for 24 hours no errors and went up to 58c with stock cooler with Artic Silver 5
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26 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

When all said and done....take some pics and post them. I would like to see that in action, maybe take a video of it running a movie and in surrond sound, then upload it to youtube.
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26 Feb 2011   #6

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 211 View Post
I don't think I need one. I don't subscribe to cable TV service (just internet). Unless there's something I can get by plugging the coax cable in (besides the 3 or 4 free local stations).

Mainly I want to access the movies on my PC hard drive as well as access to sites like Hulu and whatnot.

Oh duh, speaking of which, I forgot to add a hard drive:

HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C HDS721010CLA332 (0F10383) 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
That is what a tuner card is for...local stations, not cable. Whether you need a tuner card or not depends on whether you feel that you may find something worth watching on one of those stations at time. Remember, that with the proper card (plus antenna) you can record programs (movies) and store them on the computer. Once you pay for the hardware, everything else is free.
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26 Feb 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post

That is what a tuner card is for...local stations, not cable. Whether you need a tuner card or not depends on whether you feel that you may find something worth watching on one of those stations at time. Remember, that with the proper card (plus antenna) you can record programs (movies) and store them on the computer. Once you pay for the hardware, everything else is free.
It is for cable as well, for the unencrypted channels.

If you aren't going to game on this machine, don't use the 8800GTS card, since all you will be doing is making the box hotter and louder.
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