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Old 03-11-2008, 01:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello Techies,
soo.. I am wanting to build a home theater pc (HTPC) and I was wandering if any of you guys have experience in this field. I was wanting to know what the cost is and how good HTPC's are for the tv, movie and normally computing experiences. Thanks for reading this
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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htpc is the same as building any other pc...and can just be as good in all areas, because it's a pc

the one thing you have to concern yourself more or absolutely most with, is the noise level of the unit.

you can either try for a build that is fan less and only uses heat sinks (though fans will still be somewhere in the case) - fanless means no fan on the cpu or gpu.

And if you want to buy a standard pc case or a specifically made for htpc case.

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many others too, I believe, Zalman makes some too
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Old 03-11-2008, 11:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thats cool on the performance side. My next questions are..
What should i be looking for in a video card, TV tuner, and sound card. Also, how much spade will i be needing? is 750GB enough?
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How much gaming do you plan to do. If all you plan on doing is using it as a DVR/DVD/etc then you can get away with a cheaper video card. I used a regular mid-tower for my build, but thats because i have 5 750gb hard drives. I use an MSI 8500GT video card because it has both an HDMI and DVI output. The hauppage 1800 is an excellent tv tuner.
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I would like to do some decent gaming such as COD 4, front lines: fuel of war, and some strategy games like starcraft 2 when it comes out and what not.

I was also looking at the hauppage tuner also.

I am hoping ot have a 37 in lcd for my tv/monitor..soo does that play a role in deciding what kind of video card?
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If you plan to do actual gaming, i would go with a 9600gt or 8800gt. The 8500 isnt going to do much good for gaming. But my media pc is strictly for viewing recorded shows and dvds.
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What if I wanted to go something in the ATI arena?
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Probably the 3870 or 3850 depending on your price range.
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ok guys sorry for the newb qeuestions, but a) what is spade?, and b) what is the advantage of having 5 hard drives? are you guys saving movies and stuff on your pc or playing it from a disc?
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spade = typo of space
I have 5 hard drives because one weekend when i decide to get off my lazy butt, i'm going to rip as many of my 400+ dvd's to the htpc so that i never have to go digging to find the disc when i want to watch a movie.
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