Hi everyone - I've seen a lot of good advice on this forum, so hoping I could get some as well.
Recently moved into a new house decided not to get cable. We own an older analog tv and plan to upgrade our home entertainment system somewhere in the next couple years. In the mean time we are looking for something that will:
- Receive the new digital OTA channels
- Connect to our tv through composite/rca/s-video
- Play netflix, hulu, youtube, etc. The bigger names...
- Play my movies off my networked drive/be a network drive
- Capable of being remote controlled.
As a side note we have a dvd player and can play netflix through our wii, but it would be nice if it was a consolidated setup.
This is kinda the basic list, so I was looking at set-top boxes, which won't have TV Tuning ability and don't have the versatility of an HTPC, and digital converters, which I don't want to do since I feel like it's a waste of money and doesn't do allow online content.
Aside from this, in the end I eventually would like an all in one system where it will solely be the system and a tv. At this point it would be nice if the system were able to be a DVR, get to the Internet, potentially act as my receiver, and maybe play some more demanding video games. At this point I would upgrade my system with at least a Blu-ray player/burner, a new video card, and maybe an audio card if needed for a decent HT system, any thoughts on this?
So I've done some research and like a lot of the ideas I've found on this forum (Thanks Dougie Fresh). The build I have in mind is:
Motherboard and Processor:
I would like to go with ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
so it might be better off when I'm looking to upgrade in the future with USB 3 and 6GB/s SATA vs
This is the main stuff, I have a Lite-On DVD drive I will use for now and I will purchase probably RAM and a HDD when I find a good deal on then in the next few weeks.
So any thoughts about this build? Any alternatives I haven't looked at in terms of set-top boxes or is there a external TV tuner set-top box combo anyone knows of? To connect to Composite, any recommendations? S-video? RCA? Are there any catches to using an HTPC as a receiver? I know HD audio might have issues? Any advice is appreciate, thanks!
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With a microATX motherboard you really want the 2250 tuner so that you can watch a digital channel and record a digital channel at the same time. The 1250 does not allow you to do that - it's record digital/watch analog or vice-versa.
Alternately, unless you want to record analog cable broadcasts, you can go with something like this that hooks into your network (and is available as 2 tuners in your HTPC's Windows Media Center): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(shop around for this - I got it last week for $109)
No one is really sure yet what SATA 6GB/s and USB3 buys you
Here is a crazy HTPC deal that probably expires tonight: