Any XMBC/HTPC Setups?

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  1. CyberBullets

    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    Looking to spec out a system very soon, but am wondering what C&P is running for specs. It will be Linux based (Ubuntu) and requires 1GbE.
     
  2. DAN513

    DAN513 OT Supporter

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    512MB Geforce 8800GTS
    Gigabyte DS3L
    Antec Sonata II case
    OCZ 650W PSU

    It connects to my 50" Samsung via a DVI to HDMI cable and audio runs through optical to the receiver.
     
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    Vito_Corleone New Member

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    Get a PCH.
     
  4. CyberBullets

    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    Nice. That is close to what I want, but with a i7 core.
     
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    Hate Crime Don't Hate OT Supporter

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    You will spend a hell of a lot more too.
     
  6. lowfat

    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    my HPTC consists of:
    Silverstone LC17B
    Gigabyte 800W Odin GT
    AMD 5000+ BE
    Gigabyte MA790X-DS3
    4GB Patriot Viper PC2-8500
    ATI HD4550
    Asus Xonar D2X
    LG GGC-H20L hddvd/bluray
    Hauppage HD PVR running BeyondTV 4.8.2
     
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    if it's just an htpc, there's no need to spend the extra cash on i7 imo.
     
  8. CyberBullets

    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    Are any of these running linux or are they all windows based?
     
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    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    Are you using it just to downloaded rips or actually recorded TV? I use Windows because the software I choose to use is Windows only.
     
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  11. CyberBullets

    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    Well, I don't have cable since there is nothing good on 99.5% of the channels out there, and anything good I own the season DVDs too. Mostly it's a place to store and watch my media, but will probably hook up a few controllers to it for emulation. :)

    Boxes and boxes of DVDs really add up and I want to archive my old ones and toss them into storage.

    All of which content I legally own, and in Canada, can have in any format I choose under our fair usage laws. :) :wiggle:
     
  12. CyberBullets

    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    Have a PS3, but I still need to build a proper media storage. I can do that within my HTPC.
     
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    If you are planning on storing your files on the HTPC itself, I would highly recommend a decent RAID controller and several HDDs (likely run a RAID-5). My main PC also acts as the file server for my HTPC and has about 1.8TB of video content. I would hate to lose it all b/c of a drive failure and have to *re-rip* it.

    A Core i7 may be worth it if you have money to blow and will be encoding your DVDs on the HTPC. It is supposed to really excel in that area (I agree with the others and don't think the price is worth the time saved).



    As for ripping your content, I have been very happy with the SlySoft suite. If you buy it before January something you still get free updates for life. If you buy it after that they are starting a yearly update subscription thing.

    - AnyDVD is great for removing encryption. I have never had a problem with encryption since I bought it. I used to use pirated versions of it and DVD43 and would have issues every once in a while
    - CloneDVD is obvious, it copies and clones DVDs
    - CloneDVD Mobile is what you want. It allows you to rip DVDs into almost any format you can think of and gives you decent control over the size/quality of the video.


    EDIT: Also, if you do go with Core i7 and are wanting an ATI GPU, check around the net and see if people are still having driver issues with the X58 chipset and ATI's drivers.
     
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  14. CyberBullets

    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    Well, I may run RAID-5, but then I really don't care if I lose a drive, because I can re-rip any of my DVDs or CDs.

    I have HandBreak which works great for me. I'm all Apple at home, so that is why I want a linux box. I'll keep away from windows.

    Thanks, but no windows.

    Yet again, no windows, linux only. And I prefer NVidia over ATI.
     
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    i got a dell SC440 going I got off of one of those deals for $276 ... dual core, blah blah with TB's of storage. I love it, going to buy another one when they go on sale again.
     
  16. CyberBullets

    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    Looking for Dell PowerEdge SC440?
    We are sorry! The product you are searching for is no longer available.
    Please have a look at the latest range of Dell PowerEdge Servers available.

    I keep hearing rumors about a new mac mini in January, so I may just buy one of those and upgrade the HDD and build a SAN. I have no issues hooking my MacBook to my TV for the time being.
     

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