. I haven't been on those forums in ages.......
Anyways.. I want to build HTPC. I always planned to do this, but never got around it.
But now, after my internet/phone/tv provider charge me $150 (
) or more per month, plus it seems like the same movies are showing day after day.... I decided I need hurry up and do something.
So I am thinking to just build HTPC, rip all my DVDs, possibly also put music on there too.. etc.. and just have basic local channels for news and what not.
I have 1080p LCD TV, with which I plan to use with this HTPC (I will connect TV and HTPC by HDMI, I have few movies which are in HD). Viewing local channel from same interface could be nice, but maybe not the top priority (for that I guess I will need tv-tuner?)
Please advice me on the hardware that I need for HTPC. Here is something that I had come up with:
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GV-R455D3-512I Radeon HD 4550 512MB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
(nice price after mail-in rebate)
Newegg.com - MSI N210-MD512H GeForce 210 512MB 64-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Newegg.com - MSI N94GT-MD512 GeForce 9400 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Questions: Which is better? ATI or Nvidia for HTPC use?
Its probably would be better to have something fan-less, for less noise.
Which card do you think good for viewing 1080p movies?
2GB probably should be enought? what do you all think?
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ - Desktop Memory
(Nice price, it seem)
Actually, I have the above memory in my current Desktop.
Another option which I can take is to use the memory which I have now in my Desktop PC for HTPC, and buy new maybe better memory for my Desktop.
Please give me ideas on what kind of memory I could use for HTPC and if 2GB is too much or too little or enough.
I have a lot of uncertainty to what kind of CPU would I need for HTPC.
Also if I should choose AMD or Intel. I was reading somewhere else that AMD is better, since it is cheaper.
What kind of CPU can be low-noise and possibly low power consumption?
Somewhere I heard about AMD4850e? Is it any good? Any other good CPUs for HTPC?
How much power do I need? I also would like it to be kind of quiet. Would be nice if it is cheap too.
What size of Motherboard should I use? I know it would be depend on case and CPU, but which size standard is better for HTPC?
MicroATX, Mini-ITX? ATX is probably too big for HTPC, right?
What is I will buy this:
Newegg.com - Antec New Solution NSK2480 Black/Silver 0.8mm cold-rolled steel MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 380W Power Supply - Computer Cases
It have 380W Power Supply. Is that Power Supply good enough?
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
I heard they consume less power? And lowest price for 1TB?
Probably not so important. I will get something.