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HTPC Take old setup / may upgrade it.

Motherboard = Abit AV8
CPU = AMD 939 Sandy 4000+
Memory = 3Gb DDR400Mhz
GPU = ATI Radeon HD 4650 AGP 8X
Hard Drive = 120GB O/S Win XP SP3
Hard Drives = 2 X 40gb 1 X 20GB for video files
TV Tuner = MSI TV @nywhere plus /works real well
PSU = Orion 585Watts

Maybe I upgrade this PC better CPU and Better HD and drop a satallite card in it and keep using it has my main HTPC /My friend is using it now.
it needs a case, the curent case is a modded case in a snap-on tool chest big



Many PCI slots
 

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Ahhh yes, the dreaded capacitor plague! I have yet to experience it in a motherboard (knock on wood), but I have experienced it in 2 other electronic devices - a FTA receiver, and an AVR receiver.
 

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Component failure due to overheating very much depends on the individual device. For CPUs, the individual CPU rating must be referenced. I've seen CPUs with maximum temperatures as low as 55c and others as high as 100c. (Intel and AMD publish these figures.) Support chips must also be considered, especially with motherboard video chips, which tend to run quite hot and usually have passive cooling. Air flow and ambient temperatures have a big effect on these components. Many disk drives are rated to operate at up 60c and I've seen them generate errors and fail at slightly over 60c.
 

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I assume so, seeing that I suggested you look up 'capacitor plague' in the first place ;)
Sorry, I missed that post. Serendipitously I had to look up the topic a couple of months ago as a power adapter for my Hauppauge HD-PVR failed. Here is an interesting blog article on the issue.
 

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Support chips must also be considered, especially with motherboard video chips, which tend to run quite hot and usually have passive cooling.
In the instance of Sandy Bridge processors, which is what I have in my build, is the video chip not integrated into the CPU?
 

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Wayne,

The important thing to remember is that the CPU (which is the CPU and GPU in your case) will monitor its own temperature, and if it gets too hot it will slow down to cool off. Even if you select a case that has craptastic cooling and air flow you chip still won't die because it will slow down to protect itself.

The capacitor issue is unrelated and probably irrelevant in your case. The era of bad capacitors in the popular PC motherboards is past us, at least for reputable vendors. Most of the motherboard manufacturers elect to use high quality capacitors these days, including Zotec, and use it as advertising material.

Here are two quotes from reviews of your motherboard:

Layout idiosyncrasies aside, the Zotac is remarkably well specced, with on-board 802.11n wireless, four USB 3 ports (two rear-mounted and two via a header), and an on-board clear CMOS button. The board also uses high-quality chokes and capacitors for its VRMs, as opposed to the cheap iron core chokes found on the Foxconn.
(source)

Zotac has even bothered to use high quality chokes and capacitors in the power circuits of the H67-ITX Wi-Fi
(source)

I know that every Asus and Gigabyte motherboard that I've purchased in the past 5 years or so have had what are advertised to be high quality "solid" capacitors and I haven't seen any "capacitor drama" about those boards in the tech media.


TLDR? Don't worry - be happy. Your setup will probably be just fine, even if you choose to transcode video 24x7 for the next ten years on it. The most likely causes of death of your CPU/motherboard will be static or power surge related, and even those are remote.
 

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Almost done my HTPC build......just waiting for the Optical Drive (which is being shipped) and of course the purchase of the Case.

Thoughts on the build?
CPU: Intel i3-550 LGA 1156 (GOT IT)
Motherboard: Zotac H55-ITX Wifi (GOT IT)
Memory RAM: Corsair XMS3 4GB DDR3 (GOT IT)
Hard Drive SSD: OCZ Vertex II 60GB (GOT IT) (will host the OS and apps)
Hard Drive HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB (GOT IT) (will host my media)
Optical Drive: LG-CT21N-OEM (ORDERED IT) (awaiting its arrival)
OS: Windows 7 Home (64bit) (GOT IT)
Case: SilverStone Sugo-06 450W Power Supply (NEED IT)

Now I plan to install XBMC on the HTPC, is that the best way too go? Really like there interface straight forward......etc. With cover art looks awesome.

Now you may notice above that there is no GPU, I am planning to just use the on board video (there is HDMI out) for the following build. Are there any pros to go to an independent GPU for my build. The Intel On-Board graphics should give me the 1080p I am after correct?

Planning to plug the HTPC to my newly purchased Pioneer VSX-1326-k which then takes it up to the Display which is a Pioneer Kuro PDP-5020FD. Is there a specific HDMI port I should use on the Receiver (dedicated slot) for the HTPC?

Any info greatly appreciated.
 

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That's a beauty box you've got there, but I didn't see a digital TV tuner card. Why turn your back on commercial free recordings, networking livetv,recordings,videos and music throughout your home(and your phone)?
 

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I was debating on adding a tv tuner card (only have one pci slot) with my mini-itx board.

Was going to add one in the future, maybe I should put it in the build now? What model should I be looking at too complete the build?

I do have a Rodgers PVR 8300 part of this home theatre setup already.
 

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with only one slot open a dual tuner would be smart i.e. Hauppaugge 2250 MC kit(includes remote) but I am pretty biased on that. Chances are that your PVR is a constant struggle of what to keep and what to dump because of storage limitations. Why not record to your hard drive in the future(only because the price of HDs has jumped due to flooding in Thailand). My 2TB drive was only $89 two months ago (now $189).

BTW-where are you located?
 

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I don't know that it makes much difference but a 450W power supply is about 3-4X what you will need. I doubt your system will pull more than 100W or so when everything is at full load.

You might also want to consider Plex in addition to, or instead of, XBMC.
 

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A TV tuner card is not necessary. USB tuners (Hauppauge 850q) and TCP/IP tuners (HDHomerun) are a good alternative. The 450w P/S is overkill but is included with the case. A 250w-350w P/S would be adequate for this build. I wouldn't go below 200w with the Intel i3-550 (max TDP 73w) and 2 HDs, especially if a tuner card is added. An Intel Atom board and one HD might be OK with a 100w P/S.
 

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Thanks for all the feedback guys,
I am located in London ON.

As for the power supply I agree its way overkill but the Sugo-06 comes with that power supply so I might as well take it.

I agree that the Rodgers PVR is on the small side at 160gb size, we added a 1TB external hard drive to the mix 3 years ago (Seagate supported model from Rodgers) that worked fine for more then a year then when Rodgers updated there firmware it has not worked properly for over a year (very frustrating) I am sure people are aware of those problems here on these forums. So will it be possible to record HD shows thru this tuner to my HTPC hard drive? I thought TV tuners couldn't record Rodgers HD programming, maybe I am incorrect.

I am very interested to add a tuner in the mix now, only issue is if I need a video card later I will be stuck, since there is only 1PCI slot to play with.

Question 1- should I be fine with on board video?
Question 2- will a USB type video tuner work as well as a PCI slot one?

Thanks again
 

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To answer your questions - yes and yes. I personally believe that no one except gamers need discrete video cards. This will especially be the case for the HD4000 graphics that will be built into the Ivy Bridge Intel CPUs coming out in 3-4 months.

You can record HD video by connecting the component outputs of a Rogers box to a Hauppauge HD-PVR which is a USB capture device. The downside is that you need one cable box and one HD-PVR for each channel that you want to record simultaneously. And Win MC can only currently handle one HD-PVR at a time it you might be able to get around that using third party software.
 

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My First HTPC

I figured it would be a good time to start getting some initial experience with my newly built unit, so I installed my HVR-2250 tuner card last night. Hooked up the HTPC to my 46" LCD....pretty awesome sight seeing Win7 boot up on it for the 1st time! Got the Hauppage drivers installed, then had to stop the process at that point. Before I go further have to get things moved around to accomodate this new piece of the Home Theater.
Need to get an internet connection to the HTPC, going with a wireless card would be easiest for now. May try bridging a second wifi router onto the network too.
Would it be best to split the coax feed before the HD-PVR, or run the coax out of the PVR into the tuner card?
Again, this is just to try to experiment with it a bit, nothing permenent.
 

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Just starting to look into a HTPC in-place of my WDTV but wondering advantage of building a HTPC over just picking up something like the Asus eeeBox EB1501P with a USB tuner? Cost-wise seems okay for all that's included. Storage, I already have a NAS.
 

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My HTPC (some new some old)

So i decided to make my own HTPC with some spare parts i had lying around. Still waiting for 2 parts to make it workable but hopefully will get them soon!

I gutted a reciever i had that died and fitted in all the parts and jerry rigged the power button to turn on the pc.

Heres what i got to work with

Biostar AM2 Motherboard (onboard lan not working :( )
Athlon x2 3600+ (stock 1.9 o/c to 2.2)
1 GB of Ram (might make this 2 if the system doesn't run satisfactory)
Radeon 6450(on the way)
OCZ Vertex Plus 60 GB SSD(on the way)
random network card i found (doesnt work with windows 7 )

Planning to run Windows xp and Media Portal so i can use my atsc tuner card from upstairs(which has all my media on it) on the htpc. Although im having trouble getting the guide to work.

any suggestions for software?
 
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