Getting that Tax Refund? Build a Home Theater PC!

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  1. Chris

    Chris New Member

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    So as a spin-off from my AMD vs Intel budget build, I decided to see how much I could could build what I would consider to be pretty much the ultimate HTPC.

    And heres what I came up with
    http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/A...|1,N82E16827106227|1,COMBO.81680.20-231-098|1

    I know some people will wonder why I didnt go with a Shuttle, and others will say you dont need the Blu-Ray drive, but I just felt like sharing.

    Edit: I dont know why the Newegg link is making it into a dual CPU rig (I wish it could be :o ) so just delete one of the CPU combos

    Edit 2: I think the link is fixed now, if not, see above
     
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  2. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I'm getting dead link in there.

    Well, not dead. It's newegg, but not your list.
     
  3. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Ok, now it's working.

    That's a solid build right there.

    I'd like to do an Intel version of that to see what I could come up with.

    Especially in a week or two, when the prices have moved around some from the new cpu's being released.
     
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    Whoa whoa, $190 for that blu-ray drive? Man if only it burned too.
     
  5. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    That is decent, but I would hate to spend even that much money on a drive that only plays the discs.
     
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    Hence why I mentioned the reservation.
     
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    If you plan to do Blu-Ray you are going to need to upgrade from the onboard video. That AMD690 can't do it without framedrops (check AVS forums for reviews of similar boards with the same chipset) and I wouldn't count on the NVidia board to do it either (remember: 1080P wmv clips are not the same as MPEG4/VC1 encodes found on HD/Blu-ray movies).

    I have a HTPC extender I built off of a 690 with HDMI and it does up to HDTV 1080i just fine. Just won't handle the HDM stuff.
     
  8. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    yeah i know, i paid $225 for a cd burner when they first came out
     
  9. Chris

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    :werd:

    Blu-Ray drives were $1000 less than a year ago
     
  10. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Oh for sure. I paid $140 for my Plextor dvd burner in mid 06.

    :noes:
     
  11. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I think that goes to show that the burners will be at this reader price range in a year from now.
     
  12. Chris

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    yes, Im sure they will be

    but can you wait that long to watch movies in stunning hi-def?
     
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    needs a bluetooth keyboard/mouse for me. at the range I sit from my TV, the regular wireless mouse and keyboard don't have a good signal.
     
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    I got my DVD burner included with retail computer in '02. Granted it was only x4 write and DVD+R only (I think it was + only, that or - only). Entire computer was ~$800 for top of the line Sony (no monitor). It was a return and the new model just came out so extra discount.


    Why the need for 2 TV Cards though?
     
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    That is really solid. I would like to see an Intel build as well and with a Shuttle case, as I am looking at doing something similar right now.

    I can also understand the reservations of not having a Blu Ray burner. I wouldn't consider one until the price of media comes down as well.
     
  16. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Yeah, I know. I downloaded some hd clips from Microsoft, and it was pretty cool to see the extra detail.

    But the reality of it is that regular dvd's look good enough that I don't feel the need for the upgrade right now.

    I'll probably wait for a decent priced burner, or whenever I can't find a release on regular dvd.
    Whichever comes first.
     
  17. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    For real. I messed myself up a couple of months ago on that. I bought a wireless Logitech balltrack mouse, thinking I could sit back on my couch and watch movies on my 24" lcd.
    The damn mouse has a freaking 4 foot range, I kid you not.

    :squint:
     
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    wheres the tuner?
     
  19. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    You mean on my Logitech?

    I had it sitting right on top of my pc, directly in front of where I had the mouse sitting on top of the couch.

    It literally will not work 5 feet away, which is the closest I can have it sit while I am laying on the couch.

    Basically junk.

    I guess they thought the whole point was in just removing the wire for comfort or something. But it's a balltrack mouse, and you don't notice the wire anyway, since you don't have to move the mouse around to operate it.

    Pisses me off.

    I guess I should have done more homework, but I was pretty excited when I saw that it was a well designed balltrack.
     
  20. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    no i meant tuner card, like some type of clear qam or OTA HD tuner card

    also, you could always get a long usb or ps/2 cord to extend
     
  21. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Oh, duh. I thought you were responding to me.

    You actually were trying to maintain the thread topic.

    :squint:
     
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    firefold and lots of other places sell usb extension cords, and Im sure somebody makes an extension PS/2 cord, but the market for them is small
     
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    i bought some ps/2 extension cords from monoprice.com
     
  24. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    There's a great little computer store over in Lakewood that carries a lot of stuff like that.
    I have a ps/2 extension I got from them for about $5, that's something like 12 feet long. I used to have a usb extension too, but I tripped over the chord and messed the end of it up.

    The store is called DCParts. They're trying to key in on cables at their online store, but if you go there in person they carry a lot of odd miscellaneous parts, like older video cards, sound cards, scsi cards, used motherboards, etc.

    Worth the trip to check it out once.

    http://www.budgetcables.com/dcparts/shop/
     
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    Any good options for a ATX board with HDMI? I dont care for a microatx board. I can run my HDMI over from my desktop, it's not going to kill me.
     

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