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May 13, 2010 6:23:09 AM

Hello.
I have question about building HTPC for someone.
He asked me to build the HTPC for him.
And since I never used HTPC before, I came here to ask some help.
What PC component do I need to build a HTPC that will do these things:

1. Watch DVD
2. Watch Blu-ray
3. Watch at least Best quality of any format of video file of 1080P HD
4. Record Analog/Digital TV program from Cable TV.
5. Record HD TV program from Cable TV.
6. It has to be connected on 1080p HDTV.

Hope I can get great help from you all.

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a b B Homebuilt system
May 13, 2010 8:48:45 AM

1. DVD player
2. Blu-ray player and adequate CPU/GPU
3. adequate CPU/GPU
4. TV Tuner they are rather cheap. Also you get ones which allow you to watch one channel and record another at the same time.
5. As Above

Most new CPUs are able to handle 1080p well, but if you have a GPU which is compatible then it will put any load on it.

Did you need parts recommendations?

Hope that helps a bit.
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May 13, 2010 7:06:48 PM

Wolygon said:
1. DVD player
2. Blu-ray player and adequate CPU/GPU
3. adequate CPU/GPU
4. TV Tuner they are rather cheap. Also you get ones which allow you to watch one channel and record another at the same time.
5. As Above

Most new CPUs are able to handle 1080p well, but if you have a GPU which is compatible then it will put any load on it.

Did you need parts recommendations?

Hope that helps a bit.



Thanks for reply.
That helps alot.
Can you recommend the parts?
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 14, 2010 2:25:13 PM

Glad I could help.

To recommend parts I need various details such as will they be Gaming if so how high end, budget, will they be video encoding, will they use it to store movies/tv shows in which case they would require big HDD space. Also you should buy a remote they are like $50 - $100.

Thanks.
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May 14, 2010 11:06:26 PM

Wolygon said:
Glad I could help.

To recommend parts I need various details such as will they be Gaming if so how high end, budget, will they be video encoding, will they use it to store movies/tv shows in which case they would require big HDD space. Also you should buy a remote they are like $50 - $100.

Thanks.



Lets see...

- They won't playing any games (I will be build them couple of thousand dollar PC for it)

- They will be store movies/tv shows/videos in any either standard or HD quality.

- What you mean by doing video encoding?
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 15, 2010 2:48:27 AM

Video encoding such as converting DVDs to .mkv files using x264. So will they be ripping DVDs often?

So what kind of HDD space do you reckon for them 1TB/2TB?

Also Budget?
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May 15, 2010 10:14:47 AM

Wolygon said:
Video encoding such as converting DVDs to .mkv files using x264. So will they be ripping DVDs often?

So what kind of HDD space do you reckon for them 1TB/2TB?

Also Budget?



Oh, they will be ripping DVDs often.
And they dont have any decided budget
And I think I will put them 4x 1TB for now.
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 15, 2010 11:33:20 AM

Ok, Heres an idea:

CPU: $96
Athlon II X4 630
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: $90
MSI 785GM-E65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Has a HDMI output onboard.

RAM: $96
GeIL 4GB 1333MHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: $60
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: 2 x $155 = $310
Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EADS 2TB SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical: $105
LG Black 10X BD-ROM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: $116
SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / Steel LC13B-E ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Tuner/Remote: $100
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $973
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May 15, 2010 11:36:58 AM

Wolygon said:
Ok, Heres an idea:

CPU: $96
Athlon II X4 630
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: $90
MSI 785GM-E65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Has a HDMI output onboard.

RAM: $96
GeIL 4GB 1333MHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: $60
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: 2 x $155 = $310
Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EADS 2TB SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical: $105
LG Black 10X BD-ROM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: $116
SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / Steel LC13B-E ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Tuner/Remote: $100
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $973



Thanks.
I will show this to the person that I'm building for.
Hope he likes these, lol
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 15, 2010 12:13:07 PM

Great, Good Luck!
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