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Old September 29, 2007, 09:05 PM
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I am curious what is everyone's htpc consists of what components:
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Case - NMEDIA PC - HTPC 400BA
Mobo: K8Upgrade-NF3 AMD Socket 754
CPU: Sempron 64 - 3400+ Socket 754.
Video Card: ATI Radeon 800XL AGP
Main Harddrive - Maxtor ATA133 - 80 gig HD.
Media Drive - Seagate SATA2 - 500 gig HD.
DVD Burner :Sony DVD Writer
RAM: Two Sticks of 512 MEG of Generic DDR 400 RAM.
OS : Windows XP Home
MCE Software: SAGE TV.
Wireless Keyboard: NMEDIA PC 2.4GHZ wireless keyboard
Remote: Windows Media Remote V2.0
TV Tuner: (2 Hauppauge 150)
Wireless Lan Card: DLINK WDA-1320
Power Supply: Silverstone ST50EF-Plus (500W)



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Old September 29, 2007, 09:11 PM
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Old September 29, 2007, 09:27 PM
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Nice to see a S754 sempy still pulling duty!!! :) (also hard to believe that it's currently 3 platforms old, and soon to be 4!!!! ).

Nice looking rig. How do you find the functionality? Does it do everything you'd expect from it?
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Old September 29, 2007, 09:33 PM
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Nice to see a S754 sempy still pulling duty!!! :) (also hard to believe that it's currently 3 platforms old, and soon to be 4!!!! ).

Nice looking rig. How do you find the functionality? Does it do everything you'd expect from it?
Works pretty good since the PVR-150 don't really tax the CPU. I also find running SAGE TV is lot better then MCE 2005 or Vista which I have both for other systems in the house. I really like the PVR portion of SAGE TV which works great.
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Old November 22, 2007, 10:01 AM
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Here is mine :)

Case - Silverstone Crown
Mobo: DFI NF4 Expert
CPU: AMD X2 4400+ 939
Video Card: eVGA 8800GTS 320
Main Harddrive - Seagate 7200.10 320G
Media Drive - Seagate 7200.10 500G
DVD Burner #1 Plextor 716a
DVD Burner #2 Plextor 760a
RAM: Mushkin 2x1G PC4000 Redline
OS : Vista X64 Ultimate
Wireless Keyboard: Logitech Dinovo
TV Tuner: Nvidia DualTV MCE
Soundcard: Creative Audigy 4 Pro
Power Supply: OCZ Powerstream 600
CPU Cooler: CNPS 9500 AM2

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Runs great but I want to move to intel and quad on it. It serves the whole house and I have two extenders that pull dvr.ms files from it. Also is recording non stop, so it would benifit from the extra CPU power.
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Old November 22, 2007, 10:52 AM
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do you have to use dou's or quads for Home Theater PC's. I was just thinking of using my old dell 3ghz for a Home Theater PC but I am not sure if it would be enough also which os would you use?
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I will add pics when I get home, but I currently use a Tualatin 1266 PIII-s and it works ok, just takes too long to start up
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Old November 22, 2007, 11:41 AM
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Here is my htpc setup.


Antec minuet case
AMD x2 4200+
1gb ram
Asus M2n-HDMI mobo
Seagate 250mb sata2 drive
Gyration universal remote and air mouse.

Cost me less than $400. I have a 25mbs internet connection and DL watch and burn 1080p errr stuff in .x264 format.
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Old December 1, 2007, 11:52 AM
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do you have to use dou's or quads for Home Theater PC's. I was just thinking of using my old dell 3ghz for a Home Theater PC but I am not sure if it would be enough also which os would you use?

You can use a single core but dont plan on using Vista very well and watching a Blu-Ray or HD-DVD /VC-1/H.264 encoded content unless you have a video card that does the decoding for you. I would reccomend using MCE 2005 or get a dual core proc for Vista.

I have used both Vista and MCE 2005 and like Vista much more for Media Center. Not a whole lot of differences other than the smoothness and arrangement of the GUI. Also get at least 2GB of RAM for the smoothest experience.
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I don't have time to take a pic at the moment but here are the specs

AMD A64 3000+ S754
1GB Corsair DDR
Hauppage PVR-350
Auzentech X-Mystique Sound card
Geforce FX-5200
Antec Sonata Tower
Antec PSU 500W
4 Drive Sata Back Plane
320GB Seagate 7200.10 x3
250GB Seagate 7200.9 x4
8GB Maxtor Boot Drive
Windows Media Centre 2005
MSI K8N Neo Platinum
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