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Approximate Purchase Date: next couple weeks
Budget Range: $1,200.00 plus or minus mostly minus
System Usage from Most to Least Important: I would like to be able to surf the web while watching over the air and internet stuff, I want to build a library of DVD movies and music. Of course the DVR is big and I will be doing some picture editing. Have FIOS and do not think I can run that into the PC.
Parts Not Required: I am thinking that I would do an HTPC and run one HDMI into the Onkyo receiver TXSR 508 (HDMI switching) that goes to a Toshiba 47HL167 (HDMI and VGA in) Boston speakers 5.1. The other I would like to run under the floor and over to a table by MY Chair about 25 feet or so. I have a logictech wireless key board and mouse. Hard wired network cable.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country of Origin: I am a Baltimoron, USA (I love “the Mouse that Roars” Grand Fenwick)
Parts Preferences: No Just want Quality
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1080P on both?
Additional Comments: Like everyone else I am tired of giving MS money. I have been reading about Unbutu and would really like to try it as I will be laid up with shoulder surgery for a couple weeks I thought I would give it a try. However wife should also be able to use it once we have the system set.
OK here is my list. Every time I have picked a part for 20-30 more you can get a better part and then that adds up.
Kingston SSDNow V+100 SVP100S2B/96GR 2.5" 96GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I keep playing with the size of the SSD boot drive. Then I saw several SSD with Windows bundles on new egg and wonder if that would be the way to go. Which brings the whole windows thing but that would be to play the blu-rays? Is that worth spending $140 for windows and increasing the SSD size? Having not experience Unbutu I just do not know how steep the learning curve will be.
ViewSonic VX2253mh-LED Black 22" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor Slim Design w/Speakers 300 cd/m2 DC 30,000,000:1 (1,000:1) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This would be the second monitor by MY Chair. Will the mother board HDMI pass sound I keep getting confused on that point.
I have not built a system in fifteen years. It has been easier to buy a box and live with it. Time and money. I have time now whereas I did not before.
So as described above the system is $1,200 plus shipping without windows.
AMD’s UVD3 decode engine supports hardware H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, Xvid, Flv, and DivX acceleration through their 'APU' while also supporting Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA bitstreaming over HDMI (and full 23.976 fps support). Does not support *3D* BluRay (not interested, anyway). It's got a PCIe slot if you want to pop in that GPU to support *3D* if you were so inclined. The motherboard/chipset will support dual monitors but #2 will have to be connected via the D-sub.
I would suggest heading in that direction as you may save the PCIe slot for the Ceton InfiniTV 4 -- I suspect a cable card would be available to you. Good luck finding one (the Centon cablecard tuner, that is). You may well run into DRM issues (among other potential problems) but a quick check revealed your provider in 'Ball-Mer' offers the service, and does not appear to be as DRM-onerous as other providers.
I would also recommend that consideration be given to an eSATA external enclosure for your media similar to the Sans Digital TowerRAID. Using the 'port multiplier' function it is possible to connect 15 devices to a single eSATA host port.
I'm currently running 2 5-bay enclosures consisting of 9TB of 'hot swap' storage (over 9 HDDs) in my media library. I leave one bay open as I'm switching over to 1.5TB drives as my budget permits.
I'm hoping 2TB drives will work, too, but I haven't tested any of those (yet)