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#1
What kind of hardware do you guys recommend?

My budget is...inconclusive, basically I want a decent system, and if that means $200 fine, if it means $600, fine. But I'd like to keep it under $500.

We are using a standard TV at the moment, but we are planning to get a 1080P soon.

Stuff we will be using it for:
recording of LOTS of movie/tv material
internet browsing
burning DVDs of movies
gaming
music listening.



We have a TiVo system right now, and Direct TV, if that helps.

We HOPE that we don't have to install vista on it, so I suppose we will go with XP media center for now (unless there is a good alternative)

We have a case ordered, with remote.
 

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#2
overclocking?
what's your preference between intel/amd nvidia/ati
 
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#3
I am an AMD/ATi guy, and I don't wanna bother with overclocking.
 
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#4
amd 690g based boards are a good proposition for a htpc (if youre thinking onboard graphics that is), along with an energy efficient athlon (less energy use = potentially quieter)
can you find links to the case?, or at least some ideas of whats possible with it i.e. matx/full atx, low profile/full size expansion slots, oh and if a psu is included in the case, what wattage it is
 
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uhh...what about the tuner card?
 
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#9
Get a barebones system. Then if you want to store movies, a raid card and some 500Gb drives will store many. HD2600, sound and video, vidoe decode onboard.



I am going to try out Windows Home Server here in a few days hopefully and will report back as to it being shit, or the shit.
 
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#10
Well, as you're an amd fan then i'd definately recommend one of the 690g boards, as they have many good htpc features (theres a chipset overview here: http://www.hothardware.com/articles/AMDs_690GV_Series_Chipset_Preview_And_Performance_Testing/ ) also worth noting is most boards with this chipset have hdmi AND svideo tv-out.
Samsung hard drives are usually the quietest (general consensus and personal opinion), and LG optical drives are usually the quietest (just a personal opinion, though they're certainly a good deal quieter than Asus, NEC (sony/optiarc), Liteon and Benq)
And yes, xp media centre is the best choice, easier to kill drm with (im SURE this is important to YOU :laugh:)
If you did want a dedicated graphics card then i'd suggest a HD2400/2600 (depending what level of gaming you want of course), their t.v. out functions much better than nvidia's (i have an 8 series nvidia and still use my ati x1800 for t.v. out as its much better, in driver options and , more importantly, picture quality)
 
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no vista?! What about Vista Home Premium which has a built in media center? Much better than the XP media center :)eugh:)
 
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#12
I'm running an AMD X2 3600+ as the basis of my media centre - using XP media centre and I'm very happy with it. The 3600+ is cheap, runs cool and has plenty of power for a media centre. It also supports 'cool n quiet' which is crucial for a media PC, you want to hear those movies over the fan noise I presume!
 
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no vista?! What about Vista Home Premium which has a built in media center? Much better than the XP media center :)eugh:)
this is russianboy were talking here, and media centre has less (and easier to disable completely) DRM
 
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In fact I can recommend all the components in my system - see my sig
 
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ya Vista needs one arm and a leg and 16 brains to open a notepad:roll:
 
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#16
make that 32 brains, 1 gb is not enough to open firefox without something crashing on my pac :p