Hi, Not really a hardware guy but looking to put together a HTPC. Was going to buy an Intel NUC but thought I could get something better for around the same price if I built myself since I don't really need the very small size.. but my head is swimming with all the options so could do with some help.
Have thrown together a build below which is likely to be fairly seriously erroneous but could use that as a starting point. Would like to know if it's over-spec'ed, could be done cheaper, have I missed anything.. if it would even work (because I'm not very sure about compatibility). Especially unsure about the PSU and memory!
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: as soon as I am confident I know what I'm buying!
Budget Range: £200-400
System Usage from Most to Least Important: HTPC, streaming 720/1080 from a NAS, iplayer, 40d, skype, playing music from NAS over a wired network. No 3D. No wireless.
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: Everything
Do you need to buy OS: No - going with a linux install
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference - the cheapest
Parts Preferences: Like the sound of AMD Trinity for HTPC but easily swayed to something else.
SLI or Crossfire: don't know
Your Monitor Resolution: HD TV
Additional Comments: The usual requirements for a HTPC. Quiet, smallish case (happy with it to be about the size of a HiFi component (eg. amp).
Hmm what about the audio set up - got that settled?
I've got nothing settled!.. Quite happy using the TV sound for films so that's via HDMI I'm assuming... haven't quite worked out what I need to do to get it to play music through my (slightly aged) hifi also.
Thanks for the reply... I never knew there was a UK part picker - brilliant site!
so can your HTPC handle most things you throw at it..? What sort of thing would it struggle with?
it plays 1080p with out any hiccups goes on the internet and allows me to play emulator games mainly nes snes ps1 games. haven't tried ps2 games yet . so yeah i'm pretty happy with it . for audio into a older hifi i use this to my denon avr 1000 receiver . sounds pretty good .
No point paying more for T2/C - if u ok with used fish out Hauppauge TV cards as i have good experiences with these for both analog and DVB-T tuners ^^ Good NPVR support is a plus if u into that software ^^ (works good with WMC/Linux as well)
These are a bit cheaper.. think it would do the job:
Hauppauge HVR-1200 MCE Analog and Digital PCI Express Card http://www.stuff-uk.net/p-59632.aspx
Good tip on checking used listings - seems to be a lot around