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Also used satellite tuners (PCI and 1xPCI-E).

RE: Onboard audio.
AMD is the undisputed leader. But there is every reason to suspect competition heats up.
Intel and NVidia are in a war of words. Each side claims the other is irrelevant (both have good points).
Intel announced G45 and NV - 8200. Both are suppose to be at least as good as 780G is now.
 

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For me I just hate building mATX systems cause they are too small lol :), other than that I use the board that best suits the job if it is mATX, EATX, etc. Last system I built was an ATX board as I built a gaming machine using the QX6850 system. So in the end it is the results that matter to me, as long as what I want to put in the machine fits with the slots so there is no comprimise.

I think with the Gigabyte board it should do the trick, only addon would be a firewire card if i get a second Shaw box. Other than that once the machine is built i will post back how well it work, so far I am impressed with the price everything for around 1600$ most expensive part is the HD/BD player from LG.
 

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Other than that once the machine is built i will post back how well it work, so far I am impressed with the price everything for around 1600$ most expensive part is the HD/BD player from LG.
That must be a pretty honkin' machine as I just built a very high end system (E8400, 4GB RAM, etc.) with the quietest quality parts I could find and it came in around $1200 (without monitor or TV tuner cards as I already had them).
 

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RE: Onboard audio.
AMD is the undisputed leader. But there is every reason to suspect competition heats up.
Intel and NVidia are in a war of words. Each side claims the other is irrelevant (both have good points).
Intel announced G45 and NV - 8200. Both are suppose to be at least as good as 780G is now.
Is that a typo? Should it read video?
 

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Wayne said:
That must be a pretty honkin' machine as I just built a very high end system (E8400, 4GB RAM, etc.) with the quietest quality parts I could find and it came in around $1200 (without monitor or TV tuner cards as I already had them).
Well I am hoping it will be, I will be switching out the stock cooler on the CPU for a Noucta one which I know will be almost silent, then bought a few 80mm fans of theirs to keep air flow good try and keep and noise at a minimum. I should have the parts by next week, and then it will just be getting the time to build it since i work a lot (reason for getting an HTPC as the Shaw one doesnt have enough capacity).

The Intel machine I built is water cooled so it is almost silent which is good, since everything is sitting in my living room (small apartment).
 

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ClayC said:
I think with the Gigabyte board it should do the trick, only addon would be a firewire card if i get a second Shaw box.
The Gigabyte 780G has a IEEE1394 pinout onboard (in addition to backpanel) for a front FireWire connection if your box has one...
 

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I wasnt sure if it had the pinout for another firewire good to know it does. The case has a firewire port on the front, although i am not sure i would have another STB connected to the front.
 

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Well I ordered the system and I will outline below the parts and pricing so if anyone else is looking at something similar for the dollar value. If everything goes well I should be getting the parts mid next week and hopefully have it assembilled late next week (work permitting).

HTPC said:
DVD-LG-GGW-H20L LG Blu-Ray Writer GGW-H20L 6X Super Multi SATA 365$
Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB 2X2GB PC2-6400 115$ (Yea i was going to go with 2GB but in the end the 4GB kit was the same price as a 2GB kit)
Seagate Barracuda ES.2 1000GB 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 32MB 304$
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition 64BIT 213$
Silverstone Lascala LC20B Black HTPC Desktop Case 140$
Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H AMD 780G mATX AM2+ 95$
Noctua NH-U12P LGA775 AM2 Heatsink Heatpipe Cooler W/ NF-P12 120MM Fan 55$ (I am hoping this will be more silent and run cooler than the stock one)
AMD Phenom X4 9550 Quad Core Processor Socket AM2 2.2GHZ 4MB Cache 95W Retail Box 204$ (I was going to go with the X2 but a lot of reviews are saying that the Phenom pairs better for the HTPC)
Microsoft Remote Control /W USB Receiver OEM for Windows XP Media Center Edition 27$

Total is 1518$
All in all not too bad just over 1500$ should built a pretty good HTPC, the price could come down by at least 300$ if you change out the CPU for an X2 and the LG drive for the older gen one. You could even get a different CPU cooler or go with the stock one. Another change could be the HDD, i went with the Seagate as it is their server side one so the life to live should be better. Once it is together I will post up some pictures of the setup and how well everything works together with HD/BD playback and recording from the Shaw DC-6200.

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@Clayc-I don't believe there is a cheaper BR drive that writes Blu Ray.

@HTPC - I personally don't think you need a writer in a HTPC - it makes more sense to have them in your other PC(s) in the house but that will make more financial sense when the BR readers drop below $100. I believe I have the same, or very similar, Silverstone case but if I were to do it again I would get an Antec NSK2480.
 

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Why do you need the BD writer?
Blank BD media is at least twice the price of hard drive storage (per GB)...
More just to have it at this point, and as far as i know it is the only HD/BD combo drive. Bleeding edge for recording media doesnt bother me, i was one of the people who bought a CD-R 2x when they were still 10$/disc. Also it should make for a nice backup option for the PVR side of things.

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@Clayc-I don't believe there is a cheaper BR drive that writes Blu Ray

@HTPC - I personally don't think you need a writer in a HTPC - it makes more sense to have them in your other PC(s) in the house but that will make more financial sense when the BR readers drop below $100. I believe I have the same, or very similar, Silverstone case but if I were to do it again I would get an Antec NSK2480.
The LG GGC-H20 is the older gen, and thus cheaper one of the two. I prefer to have writers in all my machines. For the HTPC I want it more to use as a backup system more than anything. It will also be my only BD writer i will most likely buy for quite some time until the technology and media become cheaper.
 

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I prefer to have writers in all my machines. For the HTPC I want it more to use as a backup system more than anything.
That's why I have Windows home server - full backups every night.
It will also be my only BD writer i will most likely buy for quite some time until the technology and media become cheaper.
So you mean 6 months from now ;-)
 

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Yea i dont think there will be much advancement in the BD rewrighting/righting in the next while and even if there is this drive will suite my needs for a time to come.
 

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One more question, on the Cyberlink website it doesnt mention that v8 plays HD-DVD's did they drop support in this version? If so what program out there now will play them? Might as well figure out the software end of things while I wait on the Gigabyte board (it is back ordered :().
 

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Ok well now that all the parts have come in and the machine is built, I have a few issues lol.

1. Vista x64 has no drivers for the Moto DCT-6200 fix for this way get Vista x86 (that problem is solved, and now the STB is reconized in Device Manager).
2. I can not get VMCE to reconize the firewire connection to the STB as a tuner (it shows as a capture device like a cam corder or similar), so any suggestions here? VLC and CapDVS both can capture through the firewire connection so I got the content no problem (I tried three channels to make sure, and so far so good for HD).

Other than that so far it is going good, I have PowerDVD 7.3 up and running without issue for both my Blu-Ray and HD-DVD playback. The HTPC gets a Vista score of 4.0 and that is because of the onboard video everything else scores 5.9 (and for compairison my Quad Core Intel 3.0 gets 5.9 in everything) so I am impressed with the machine to say the least.

So help and or suggestions from here would be greatly appreciated :)
 
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