Hi guys and girls,
my dad just asked me to build an htpc for a project, it has to be under 1000 dollars.
my question is what components will i need and it will be connected to a 20 in. LCD that has HDMI. so i would like a motherboard with onboard HDMI, or a video card with HDMI. Also, will i need those TV tuners for a satellite/cable hookup with HDTV?
That's $1000 for everything including remote, keyboard, Vista Premium, and a tuner. Important things to keep in mind with an HTPC: keep it cool, keep it quiet, get as much storage in as little space as possible, make it fit in with your other AV components. A quiet aftermarket CPU cooler such as the Scythe Ninja Mini may be an option too if you find the CPU too noisy/hot. If you want to record from satellite, the selected tuner has an IR blaster, though I'm not sure if it works with Vista.
You may opt for an ATI 2X00 or nvidia 8X00 series video card, but the motherboard above has built in HDMI, DVI, and Dsub that will suffice for basic HTPC needs (no gaming). You could also save a little by getting an OEM DVD drive if you already have software.
Read the THG review on HTPC. The Radeon HD2600XT/Pro provides lower CPU usage as well as better post-processing and everything with H264 videos (BluRay and HD-DVD) - that is if you're interested into upgrading to that in the future. Otherwise I like the set he has. I like they components too:
grand Total = 982.48 to my doorstep. (all us dollars)
now the question is, is it really necessary for the 8800gt because the HTPC will be built mainly for TV and web surfing (no games or photoshop or the like). it is going to be used publicly in a Hotel Lobby. Also is the TV tuner i picked out good? and in the end how will i hook up the pc to a TV that already has HDMI, i just want to get regular channels, not cable or satellite.
also is that enough HDD space since its going to be used publicly and not used to record TV.
do i just plug in the hdmi output from the mobo to the tv?
Yeah, the 8800GT is overkill for just an HTPC. If you intend to use the HDMI from the motherboard, you do not even need a separate graphics card. Without the graphics card, you can even step down to a lesser power supply (say 350 watts).
The TV Tuner Card is going to need a video source. If you're not going to hook it up to Cable or Satellite, then you're going to need some sort of antenna.
The TV video will be processed by the TV Tuner Card, passed to the motherboard's onboard graphics chipset, and then to any of the video out ports (HDMI, DVI, or VGA). Since were not concerned with Hi-Def video, any of the three will work just fine, provided you have matching inputs on the TV.
WOW thank you so much wolfshadw for enlightening me. see the thing is thats what im ordering since i was given a 1000 dollar budget but i have spare parts like 6600gt and a 520w tier 5 psu thats got fan speed control which i will end up putting the htpc.
so i don't need a GPU, but i will buy one for me, and i don't need the PSU but i will buy it for me. i mean its a waste of a budget if i don't spend it.
cruiseoveride remember that the htpc is for public use which is why i stuck to windows MCE because of everyone's familiarity with the window's OS and i chose the 8800gt because i'm buying it for me, i will be using the mobo's onboard HDMI for output to the TV.