Go Back   Hardware Canucks > HARDWARE > HTPC Systems & Software

    
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old March 2, 2011, 07:58 AM
Pukka's Avatar
Top Prospect
F@H
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Ottawa
Posts: 65

My System Specs

Default HTPC Build Suggestions

Hey Everyone,

I've been asked to look into HTPC builds for someone I know.

It's use would be as an all-in-one HTPC: PVR, ripping, storage, etc, and it would need to receive Over-The-Air HD. As I'm pretty inexperienced with HTPCs, I referred to Ars Technica's HTPC Guide as a basis. Since my friend won't be needing the HTPC for a while, it would be Sandy Bridge i3 (which should actually be available by then) instead of Clarkdale i3. This isn't solid, of course; other build suggestions are welcome.

The main problem thus far is deciding what tuner to get. He wants to be able to record a channel while watching another simultaneously. From what I understand the tuner would need to be able to receive ATSC for OTA HD. It would probably use the integrated Windows 7 Media Centre as the front end.

Thanks in advance for your input.
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old March 2, 2011, 09:05 PM
biff's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Courtice, Ont.
Posts: 1,235
Default

Sorry can't help with the recording bit... but maybe some stuff to think about.

Anything modern will be lots of power if it's just for actual HTPC stuff except as I said I don't know about recording. I have 2 HTPC's, my main one has a e6300 and the other an Athlon II 440 or something. I just tried watching a bluray and CPU usage was less than 10% on both. One has a 4670HD card and the other uses the onboard video which is 4200HD IIRC, and both are perfect. I handle my audio separately so the 4xxx graphics is fine.

Have a good plan as to how you want to connect everything together. As in vid and audio all on HDMI, or separate audio - analog, digital coax, optical - etc.. It could make a difference on what hardware you buy.
__________________
Q6600 @ 3.83GHz w/ D-Tek Fusion
Asus P5Q-PRO
2x 2GB PC8000 Mushkin Redlines @ 1020MHz w/5-5-5-12 timings
EVGA GTX 280 (SC?)
OCZ Gamer Xtreme 600W PSU
Cooler Master Cosmos on water
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
HTPC Keyboard/Mouse suggestions? p3t3rson HTPC Systems & Software 9 July 23, 2010 02:27 PM
New Build Suggestions Randyman New Builds 16 November 1, 2009 08:28 AM
HTPC Build suggestions Shadowmeph HTPC Systems & Software 3 July 25, 2009 12:13 AM
HTPC + Media Server; Suggestions? Wall86 HTPC Systems & Software 3 May 21, 2009 07:42 PM
HTPC freeware suggestions Mr. Gruntsworthy O/S's, Drivers & General Software 7 May 7, 2009 11:54 AM