I want to build a media center PC

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  1. Senn

    Senn shits delicious bro

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    Unfortunately, I do not know much about what exactly to get.

    Can anyone suggest where to look for exactly what I need to build one?

    Or even better suggest specific parts and models of what to buy?

    I'm looking for on the high end spectrum of things, so price doesn't matter too much (below 3k though.)

    Educate me please!
     
  2. Chris

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    whether or not you want a small form factor case is up to you, but what you pick determines many of the other parts you will need

    but a HTPC is by definition just a normal PC internally, so you will need all the standard parts

    CPU (anything modern will do, no need to overspend here)
    Motherboard (size will depend on external case)
    Hard Drive (storage is so cheap these days, 500GB+ )
    Video Card (one that can output HD is needed)

    thats pretty much it, youll need a power supply if your case dosent have one, ect...
     
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    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    i would look into something compatible with linuxmce
    it's pretty nice software
     
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    Also make sure that whatever version of Windows you have has the Media Center. Theres others out there that can do the same thing but i think the windows version is very easy to use
     
  5. Senn

    Senn shits delicious bro

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    Is it better to use Intel or AMD in HTPCs?

    What sound card should I get? Video card?

    What kind of ram? How much?
     
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    Wirelessly posted via wap.offtopic.com (BlackBerry8300/4.2.2 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/102)

    Honestly the CPU doesn't really matter, you don't need a lot of horsepower to run an HTPC and AMDs are usually cheaper, so that's what I would go with. Same with the RAM, anything decent will do (1GB should do)

    The HDD, video and sound cards do most of the heavy lifting in the type of system you're looking at. So look for one that have the features you want (HD or not). They are even making video cards today that have HDMI ports on them that carry HD video and sound that are specifically made for HTPC application.
     
  7. Lynn

    Lynn Yes my wife does and no you can't watch.

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    I am also in the middle of making an HTPC and here is what I have so far.

    Windows Vista Ultimate (It comes with media center :bigok:)
    2.4 ghz processor
    1.25 gb ram
    10/100 NIC
    128 MB ATI Card (might upgrade this in the future)
    100gb and 120gb internal data drives. (will upgrade these this weekend)

    All of this stuff was from left over computers, I have not paid for anything on this HTPC as it stands now. But, after burning about 30 ish % of my DVDs I can see that I will run out of 220 gb of space rather fast.

    Also, I have my entire CD collection on another 120gb drive that is full.


    The one problem that I might have is this. My HTPC is going to service two different TVs throughout my house. One TV is HD ready and the other is an older model 36" television. Now, how do I get the signal from my HTPC to both televisions? :dunno:

    I am thinking about splitter of some kind, but I suppose I will cross that road when I come to it.

    Composite and Component splitter with Audio.
     

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