Need help with HTPC/Server
I posted this an NCIX several days ago, but so far no responces, so I thought I'd give Hardware Canucks a try.
I will be assembling an HTPC in the next few weeks, and I was looking for some input.
1st, for duel HTPC/Server capabilities, I wanted to run a virtualized vmware Windows Home Server within windows 7. That way I can do all the auto-backup stuff and have all the media server features easily. Is this a good idea? Has anyone tried it?
2nd, is there a better way of capturing HD quality programming off a satellite box than this?
I have seen the Hauppage HD-PVR,
but I would like something that is integrated into my system, not another external piece of hardware.
3rd, I was very excited with the 5xxx series Radeons able to bitstream 7.1 HD codecs. Any idea if the cheaper models will be able to do this, and when they will become available on NCIX? (Saves me $200 for a 1.3HDAV Xonar)
4th, I want this to be as silent as possible. Is watercooling the best option? Any recommendations?
5th, What would be the best way to control this? I really like the look of the DiNovo wireless keyboard.
Anyone use it and like it? Have anything better to suggest?
Thanks a lot for your help!!!
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Black Magic card can't do what you are looking for. It isn't meant for for capturing HDTV. The Hauppauge HD-PVR really is a piece of crap. You may luck out and be one of the 10% that has a working device. But chances are you won't be. I have been struggling w/ mine for a year now. It causes me more frustration than any computer device I've ever owned. At least once every day or two it fails to record a show. And I only record 4-5 shows a day on average. Not only this, but every single show will fail afterwards until you reboot the unit. So if you don't pay attention you could very well loose every recording for the entire day. I have finally decided to buy another PVR as a backup, because I can't deal with this POS.
You don't need watercooling. There are tons of air coolers that will be quiet enough. Your HDD's will likely be the loudest part of your system.
I am confident all the 5-series ATI cards will be able to support a Protected Audio Path. Even if they don't, the HD5850 is a better buy than the HDAV1.3 or the Home Theater HD IMO. Or you could always do what i do and rip all your movies to MKV, thus removing all the DRM. By using FLAC audio you retain all the quality. You then could use a $40 HD 4350 no problem.
Thanks for the help.
The bluray playback software out there is a joke in my opinion. I had nothing but problems with both TMT and PowerDVD. Neither of them updates the keys required for playback often enough. I had to wait 5-6 months before I was able to play X-Men.
The Black Magic card isn't meant for capturing HDTV. It has no IR blaster, really no software support, no digital audio input. Since it has no IR blaster you are going to need to spend another $60+ on a USB-UIRT. I've heard you can get it to work w/ SageTV, but looks like a hell of a lot of work. So $250+ for the card, $60 for the IR blaster, another $80 for the software. It is starting to get pretty high in price. In all honestly I would just get a set top box PVR. BTW the image quality of the Hauppauge HD PVR is excellent, once I upped the bit rate to ~12mbps I can't tell the difference. Too bad the drivers, hardware, and playback software all suck currently.
You guys are depressing me, lol:sad:
So you're basically saying there's no reason to get the black magic card for HDTV? I already have a set top PVR, but I would like to be able to output those programs onto a computer harddrive where they are permanent and can be shared throughout my network. Would using the Black Magic card for this purpose be useful? As a secondary PVR for a permanent and sharable collection?
Anyone have any insights into my other questions?
Well if you already have a PVR that you can use as a backup by all means then grab another PVR. You can try the Black Magic card but you are going to have a hard time setting it up. You could just grab the Hauppauge HD PVR, and since you have another PVR it doesn't matter if it fails as you could re record it at any time from your STB PVR.
I was thinking of using the Greens. I have heard they are quiet. Do you know how they compare to the blues? (or the Seagates 7200.12?)
You would recommend air cooling over watercooling? I was leaning this way anyways, due to the complexity of a watercooled system in a small case, but assuming cost is no issue, would watercooling be better?
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