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December 8, 2008 4:49:30 PM

I am looking to build a Media server / htpc.

I am aware that there are many threads on HTPC's already.
The reason I am posting this is I am unsure if they are correct since I am looking to push movies / music to my xbox 360 or ps3. (decoding? / encoding?)

I am not looking to watch or listen to the movies / music directly from the server. Nor do I need it for gaming.
My budget is 500 - 1K roughly if it goes over a bit thats ok, but the cheaper the better.

If any of the previous postings about the HTPC's would work for my needs please guide me to some of them that would work.
I am not a hardware expert (lol or I wouldn't have to ask this) but I can install the components. I have no skills in OC'ing. And some guidance on this mobo with this cpu would be helpful so I can match them up correctly.

Here is what I will need the server to do.
Media server (hold music and movies)
Push media to xbox 360 and/or ps3
ftp server
Need redundancy (raid 5 or raid 1 etc)
possible media server over the net. (for personal use)
I have also looked at making it a DVR thru cable connection? then push to xbox or ps3. (this is not a must have but would be nice if it could do it now or in the future.)

I would like direction / suggestion on the following.
Mobo (raid 5 built in? or extra card)
CPU
GPU
Memory (and how much)
HD size make model etc
Cases (does not have to be HTPC style case but would be nice)
Sound card (do I need one with this setup?)
OS (I am worried with some of the crap MS has been putting in such as DRM etc)
Software (I have looked at using Myth TV as well as ?Handbrake? etc)
?nic? the router is 100/1000 but I believe the ps3 and xbox are 10/100 (might be wrong on that)
Anything else I might be missing.
Here is the hardware I will be playing the movies / music on.
Sony Bravo KDS60A3000 HDTV
Onkyo TX-SR605 receiver
Xbox 360
PS3

if more details or better setup / design is needed please let me know.

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December 12, 2008 1:18:55 PM

You won't find Raid on µATX motherboards. This is an Intel system:

Intel Core 2 Duo E5200
Motherboard Asus P5E-VM SE (no Raid)
Memory 4GB OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 Platinum Series
HDD Western Digital 640GB
CPU Cooler Zalman CNPS7700
Power Supply Antec Signature SG-650W
December 12, 2008 1:23:37 PM

An AMD System:

Processor AMD Athlon X2 5600+ $84.00
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H $79.99
Graphics BFG GeForce 9800 GT $119.99
Storage Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB $84.99
Memory 2GB Kingston DDR2-800 $28.99
Samsung SH-S223Q $27.99
Enclosure Antec NSK 4480B w/380W PSU $69.99

Total $495.95

December 23, 2008 2:41:32 PM

The only thing I am worried about is the encoding / decoding is this enough cpu / memory power for using tv versity and encoding / decoding the movie signal to my ps3 / xbox 360?

Other wise thank you very much for the info.. checking them both out now..
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