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[Homebuilt] - Gaming and HTPC Integration

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May 24, 2012 7:23:05 PM

Im not sure if this is the right forum, but i'm hoping someone with gaming and HTPC experience can help me out:
I just purchased this system to build:

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Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support FPB Video Card

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBO

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model

Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED-Backlight LCD monitor Slim Design

ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS


This computer is to have 2 purposes: 1. Gaming 2. Running a media center. Ideally, this would be set up on 2 different monitors essentially acting like 2 independent computers.

The media center would have 2 main responsibilities: index movies (like xbmc style) and be able to play them (@1080p hopefully with hardware acceleration)

What software do you think I could use to set this up to work independently. IE. So I can play diablo 3 on one monitor, while someone else browses movies and watches them on the projector. Is there a way to do this with minimal interference between the two "systems". My initial thought is a virtual machine for the media center with the projector only showing the virtual machine. Would the hardware be able to handle this? Can virtual machines use hardware acceleration for this video card. Does anyone have any other solutions to get the same end product? Any help or a point in the right direction would be great.



May 24, 2012 8:07:35 PM

Hello,

There have been other questions like this asked before. Basically, what your trying to do is impossible.

Why not just build a cheap HTPC box? There are quite a few people on this forum with some very good - cheap HTPC boxes that can run 1080P no sweat.
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