Help me build a HTPC

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  1. #11

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohanSWE
    Raccon:
    Well, for example, if your systems gets bloated, or infected or just for another reason breaks down, it will only affect one of them.
    So lets say your media center PC breaks down, you can still meet potential deadlines, while doing a reset on your media center pc.
    installation would also be faster as you wont be needing to install ALL software again onto one machine etc.
    I can go on, but i think you get the idea.
    Understand, but the HTPC is for private use only, have a laptop for work that is provided by the company; one system will be sufficient therefore.

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    I guess that your desk is close to your tv so that you can wire the htpc to both.

    My setup uses:
    a Silverstone LC16B,
    the ASUS P5KPL motherboard with integrated firewire, pci-e and a 1066MHz fsb,
    a quad core cpu,
    2GB of cheap 800MHz ram,
    a WD Green Power HDD for lower power consumption and lower noise levels,
    a fanless display card with 512MB for lower noise,
    a dual HD tuner card and
    a low noise psu.
    XP MCE or Vista 32-bit will do.
    I run VNC so that I can control it from any of three other computers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by discobay
    I guess that your desk is close to your tv so that you can wire the htpc to both.

    My setup uses:
    a Silverstone LC16B,
    the ASUS P5KPL motherboard with integrated firewire, pci-e and a 1066MHz fsb,
    a quad core cpu,
    2GB of cheap 800MHz ram,
    a WD Green Power HDD for lower power consumption and lower noise levels,
    a fanless display card with 512MB for lower noise,
    a dual HD tuner card and
    a low noise psu.
    XP MCE or Vista 32-bit will do.
    I run VNC so that I can control it from any of three other computers.
    Hey

    I didn't realise there was a thread already on a similar topic.

    I've just started a thread on whether I should build or by an HTPC:

    http://www.geoexpat.com/forum/thread...tml#post487843

  5. #15

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    I had an HTPC (still do) but I found this works much better for my purposes

    QNAP Systems, Inc. ( NMP-1000 ) - Quality Network Appliance Provider

    Sits under the TV, has all the right connections and connects to my PC via wifi. No more faffing around with codecs, screen resolutions, running wires from the PC to the TV etc etc... dedicated remote control too.. silent opertion, no need to apply security patches or worry about anything.

    I wouldn't buy an HD-TV now, I'd get an NMP again every time.


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