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|2012-05-07 02:25 PM|
|2012-05-07 07:14 AM|
|OTAJuncqui||I aggree there's no need for a premium HTPC, but "any PC" may be underpowered if there is a need to record multiple shows at the same time and process them with comskip while watching another show live and have more recordings starting up. Last nite I recorded everything on Global from 7 thru 11pm (7 shows), America's fun vids, and Amazing Race while watching 60 min and Avatar. I don't have a digital TV so this used all 3 of my tuners.|
|2012-05-07 01:30 AM|
Any PC will do the job, don't pay a premium for an "HTPC".
Originally Posted by OTAJuncqui View Post
|2012-05-06 06:20 PM|
Would that setup run quietly ?
|2012-05-06 12:02 PM|
You don't have to actually do any building to get a nice HTPC. I use an Acer Revo 3610 mounted to the back of my TV. The only "building" I had to do was
Plug in a USB IR receiver for the remote. (pick up an MCE remote/receiver combo on ebay)
Plug in an external USB hard drive
Attach my HD Homerun Tuner to my router and plug in the coax from my antenna.
My Revo can simultaneously record 2 HD programs while playing back another no problem. Any small computer will do the job.
The only concern is fan noise and power consumption.
I haven't used one of these but the Acer RL100 looks pretty cool and it would be a simple setup paired with the HD Homerun network tuner.
I believe some already have a built in tuner and the hard drive is not a bad size so it might be an almost plug n' play solution for under $500
|2012-05-06 10:27 AM|
Lack of support for Windows 7 is not a concern. Mainstream support goes until 13/01/2015 and extended support will be available until 14/01/2020.
Building an HTPC is not an issue. Online or local PC shops will assemble one to your specifications. The fee to do so is usually minimal. There are some existing threads that discuss recommended parts and software.
This is what I would build:
1. ASUS F1A75-M PRO or GIGABYTE GA-A75M-D2H motherboard (1)
2. AMD A4-3400 or A6-3500 CPU (1)
3. 8GB AMD Performance or Kingston HyperX DDR-1600 RAM
4. Silverstone Milo ML03B Case
5. SeaSonic SS-350ET Power Supply
6. Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green Hard Drive
7. LG CH12LS28 12X Blu-Ray Reader & Lightscribe DVD Writer Combo Drive
8. SiliconDust HDHomerun Dual
9. Windows 7 Home premium
10. Scythe Shuriken REV.B 3 Heatpipe CPU Heatsink
(1) If not required immediately, it might be better to wait for FM2 processors and motherboards to be released this Summer.
Total cost should be about $800.
|2012-05-06 10:26 AM|
Originally Posted by Foxenhimr View Post
If you have questions as you go, keep DHC up and running in the backround - the amount of knowledge here and the willingness to help is fantastic.
|2012-05-06 10:03 AM|
The HD Homerun is a fine tuner.
But each unit has a CAT5, Coax and power cord.
The 2250 has only the coax input(and remote sensor).
The Wintv-HVR-2250 MC- KIT comes with an "Auxiliary A/V panel" to input and Record external audio/video with dual built-in high quality hardware MPEG-2 encoders which may be the solution for your blueray
|2012-05-06 09:19 AM|
So the HD Homerun box is used in place of the Hauppauge 2250 tuner then ?
Also,in response to another question - I already have a BR player, but would like the capability to back-up digital copies to a HD - is this possible ? I used to do this with regular DVD's using DVDFab HD Decrypter, but not sure if this will work with BR Discs (??)
|2012-05-06 09:05 AM|
|Foxenhimr||Can anybody recommend an Ottawa store where the folks might have some expertise putting HTPC's together ? I have done a fair number of searches of local stores, but would I most often get is cases. The only source I could find for "out the box" units was Tiger Direct, and those systems seemed quite pricey, and certainly didn't come with any of the hardware that has been recommended in this thread. I certainly don't have the experience to put one of these together myself...|
|2012-05-05 11:46 PM|
|Wayne||While you can use any PC as an HTPC you might want to think about how it will look in your Home Theatre setup. You also want to make sure that it is not too noisy as the background noise of some PCs can drive you nuts.|
|2012-05-05 09:57 PM|
As for the guide, it doesn't matter where you are as NPVR is used worldwide.
regarding websites: I use my Hauppauge remote mapped with EventGhost(free) and a profile for Explorer that enables mouse movement and clicks and scrolling.
That's a nice laptop but I wouldn't use it as an HTPC for a long time given that destop or tower is better suited for heavy usage and cooling.
If you do use it make a little "stage" to create space between its underside and what ever it's sitting on.
I like a big box with lotsa space for tuner cards,drives and cooling as long as its quiet.
|2012-05-05 09:13 PM|
From the Microsoft website, "Windows Media Center is available in the Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions of Windows 7."
I needed to double-check the answer, so went right to the source. Basically, it's in every edition *except* Starter and Home Basic.
|2012-05-05 09:08 PM|
Ok, so the super newbie questions continue:
Is there a specific OS "Windows Media Centre", or will any version of Windows 7 do ? This laptop I use has Windows 7 "Home Premium"
|2012-05-05 08:49 PM|
Basically, I'll agree with TorontoColin.
Any Windows 7 PC will do the job of a home theater PC, just get one in a nice small form factor that you like with a big hard drive. 1TB should be good, I personally have 1.5TB and rarely have any issues with space. Your usual computer places always have clearance machines going on sale and so long as they're designed for Windows 7 you'll have all the horsepower you need. I did a quick search and found an HP Slimline for $379, something along those lines would be fine. (Only exception is if you want to do BluRay, if you do let us know and we can help with a higher-end machine).
I use the HDHomerun tuner, you can put that anywhere there is a wired network connection and have your antenna installer run a coax to it. That will give you dual-tuner recording on Media Center.
Since you're using OTA only, find a US Zipcode near your new address to use for setup and Media Center will "just work". Likely no need for any hacks.
The last step is to get a remote and an IR receiver so you can change channels from the couch. These are typically sold together, just search for Media Center Remote at the usual computer or electronics shops online.
If you want to be able to access websites from the couch, you'll want a wireless keyboard as well.
Really, that's about all you'll need. We make it sound complex because we're all nerds here and like to tinker, but you don't really need to make it complex. If you do want to make it more complex (apps that plug in to media center for internet TV, XBox extenders for other rooms in the house, digital movie collection, etc) then of course we can help with that too. But don't let us scare you off.
Trust me, once you start using Media Center you won't miss your Rogers PVR any more.
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