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post #46 of 1073 (permalink) Old 2007-06-04, 04:27 PM
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Updated HTPC:

Antec NSK2400 case
Seagate SATA II 320 GB drive
Crucial 1Gb Rendition PC2-5300 DDR2 ram *2
Pioneer DVD 212D sata DVD drive
AMD Athlon 64X2 4200+ processor
Asus M2A-VM / HDMI

$540 + taxes.

Pieces already bought or have:

Hauppauge 150 w/ IR blaster
Beyond TV 4

I have read FFDSHOW and theaterTek are excellent for DVD playback. FFDshow is free but theatertek is not.

I am not 100% sure what they do so if anyone can explain in more detail I would appreciate it.

Joe
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post #47 of 1073 (permalink) Old 2007-06-04, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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You might want to check to make sure that ram is compatible with the mobo. I have heard people say the big name RAMs don't seem to want to work with the mobo

Your setup looks good though
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post #48 of 1073 (permalink) Old 2007-06-04, 08:31 PM
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jacksparrow,

Do you mean big names are not very compatible with the Asus M2A-VM / HDMI board?

Either way if it is not working they will switch it for another ram.

Just need to figure out the software side now.
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post #49 of 1073 (permalink) Old 2007-06-05, 05:33 AM
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IIRC, Crucial guarantees compatibility. Never had a problem with their RAM either. From what I've heard, PC2-6400 (DDR2-800) might have some issue with current motherboards but PC2-5300 (DDR2-667) is almost always Ok. The difference in speed is probably not worth the problems that the faster memory may cause. PC2-5300 is currently going for bargain prices ($40/GB) so it is certainly a "best buy".
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No problems with the Crucial 5300 on the Biostar board with the Nvidia chipset.
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post #51 of 1073 (permalink) Old 2007-06-05, 09:28 AM
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Can anyone tell me if I will need a silver DVD player with the antec 2400 case?

I thought the front insert was attached and rotated up so it didn't matter what color dvd player I had but I don't think it works that way.

Black may look pretty good as well but I can't see beige or white.
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I have a NSK2400 case and originally tried to cut the drive covers from the case to "stealth" the drive...see below
http://www.techtastic.ca/articles/stealthdrive.html
...but I messed it up and ended up spray painting my beige drive cover to match. I did not like the black drive in the silver case.

I used the painted drive for a bit then found a silver Pioneer drive at an on-line store (link not allowed, google DVR-112DSV). I am not sure if the SATA version is available in silver.
Edit: yes it is, try google, DVR-212DSV

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dogbolter,

Thanks. For now I am not getting the black drive. I will look for the silver version.

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Just get the antec fusion, like it better. Also go for the samsung spinpoint HDD, they are a lot quieter
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IIRC, Crucial guarantees compatibility. Never had a problem with their RAM either. From what I've heard, PC2-6400 (DDR2-800) might have some issue with current motherboards but PC2-5300 (DDR2-667) is almost always Ok. The difference in speed is probably not worth the problems that the faster memory may cause. PC2-5300 is currently going for bargain prices ($40/GB) so it is certainly a "best buy".
Where is it selling for that price?
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Updated HTPC:

Antec NSK2400 case
Seagate SATA II 320 GB drive
Crucial 1Gb Rendition PC2-5300 DDR2 ram *2
Pioneer DVD 212D sata DVD drive
AMD Athlon 64X2 4200+ processor
Asus M2A-VM / HDMI

$540 + taxes.

Pieces already bought or have:

Hauppauge 150 w/ IR blaster
Beyond TV 4

I have read FFDSHOW and theaterTek are excellent for DVD playback. FFDshow is free but theatertek is not.

I am not 100% sure what they do so if anyone can explain in more detail I would appreciate it.

Joe
Just use mediaportal for a peace of mind
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RAM Prices

I bought my Crucial RAM for $40/Gb at directcanada.com but since then it's been $35/Gb.

Sony KFE42A10 - Pioneer VSX-919 Receiver - Hi-Def HTPC (Blu-ray & HD DVD combo drive) - Pioneer BDP-320 Blu-ray player
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post #58 of 1073 (permalink) Old 2007-06-05, 09:38 PM
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jacksparrow,

I looked at the fusion but didn't want to lose a 5.25" slot to the VFD. $80 more as well for things I didn't care about.

canadacomputers has 1GB sticks for $35
infonec has them for $40

mediaportal looks like it is a media center software which is not what I am looking for. I am looking for software options to work with Beyond TV and DVD playback etc.

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NCIX had a limited quantity of 1 GB DDR2 RAM for $30 last week. They are all gone now but they may have more this Thursday.

FWIW, when putting together a system, I shop for sale items at NCIX and price match the rest with Canada Computers and other sites. NCIX also has free ground shipping every few weeks. That can save a bundle on shipping the case.
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post #60 of 1073 (permalink) Old 2007-06-06, 03:55 PM
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I wanted it built for me so I had a few less choices.

This is what is being built:

Antec NSK2400
M2A-VM HDMI
Athlon 64 X2 4200+ (65w) CPU
Seagate 500 GB drive sata II
Crucial 1Gb *2 PC2-5300 Rendition DDR2 ram

$542 w/o taxes

I need to get Silver DVD drive still.
Install Hauppauge 150 card and Beyond TV4 software.

Not sure what other software I need.

Thanks for all the help and recommendations.
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