Components to build a HTPC

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    :f13nd15h: Gangstah fo' lyfe

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    This is my current situation.

    I download HD files (x.264, h.264, etc.) onto my desktop from newsgroups.

    But it seems my system can't cut the mustard and chugs when i try to play a 1080p file.

    I'd like to build a HTPC that can play all media and codecs flawlessly.

    I don't need a Blu Ray drive, because i have a PS3.

    I would like a sound card that will output to a 5.1 or higher receiver. Or is onboard sound good enough?

    I would need a DVD-drive to transfer my HD files onto the HTPC. Or maybe i'll just get a big enough USB key.

    Is there anything else i'm overlooking?

    Recommendations on a motherboard and video card?
     
  2. dissonance

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    For processor and video card selection, I would pick something off the recommended list from here:
    http://www.cyberlink.com/multi/products/require_1_ENU.html#bd

    I know nothing about sound cards.. don't have a good enough system to hook them up to to warrant researching.

    Consider using a wireless network to transfer files. I stream all of my content to my HTPC from my main computer through a Wirelss G network. Not HD, but if you are just transfering it should be sufficient and more convenient than DVD/Flash drive.

    Recommended bluetooth keyboard/mouse: MS Entertainment Desktop 7000
     
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    my recommendation for HTPC:

    CPU: Intel E2200, E4500 or Athlon 64 X2 5000+ minimum.

    Motherboard: depends on what you want and your budget.
    The best chipset with integrated graphics right now are those with the Nvidia 7050PV and AMD 690G (AMD platform).
    If you don't care about integrated graphics, the best choice would be a P35, G35/G33 (Intel platform).
    Then there's mATX vs ATX, available ports, what features, etc.

    GPU/Video card: you don't need a high end gaming card. important thing here is that it supports HDCP and the card should assist in decoding HD content (Nvidia calls it PureVideo HD, ATI calls it Avivo HD). Any card that has this should be fine.
    Cost, multi-monitor support, need for HDMI, noise of the video card cooler, etc, are the things you should look at.
    Some of the new ATI cards has built-in audio controllers. This can be used to transmit audio through HDMI. It sucks though. It's just the same as S/PDIF or worst.

    Sound card: depends. are you an audiophile? if you want one, I'd recommend the Asus Xonars.

    TV tuner: if you need one, just get one that supports clear QAM. I recommend Hauppage cards. Some of these tv tuners comes with a remote.

    Keyboard/Mouse: Logitech diNovo or MS 7000.
     
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    :ugh2:

    Oh, and as far as DVD drives, you can get good new ones off newegg.com for ~$30/35. Recommended brands are pretty much any listed on the site minus LG, HP, and Asus
     
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    Just get a soundcard with optical out because it will transmit multichannel audio that most hd content files come with. I've found that it also sounds much cleaner than the channel plugs when hooked up to a receiver and surround sound. As for video card, anything with DVI and about 256mb should cover it. As for hooking it up to the tv just get a DVI to HDMI cable and you're golden.
     
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    If I was doing it again, I'd look for a video card that had an HDMI out (assuming your tv has HDMI ports).
     
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    It does.
     
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    go to www.hardforum.com and do a search for hp slimline. Cheap and perfect for htpc.
     
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    I bought one already.

    Shipped out a couple days ago.


    But i want an HTPC as well.

    I'll give the popcorn hour to my folks, when i finish building the HTPC.
     
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    what have you done with it?

    I plan on watching some of my LOST season 4 1080p upconverts.

    I want to just attach a USB HDD with the files on it, plug it into the popcorn hour, plug that sumbitch into my TV, and be golden.
     
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