New HTPC Blue Ray Project

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New HTPC Blue Ray Project

Post by captcactus » Thu Feb 19, 2009 11:15 am

Newbie on this room


bascially loookingfor a htpc that utilizes my collection of DVDrips and Blueray rips 720/1080p that play on a unit that will ONLY be used for media streaming no surfing etc or gaming or anything i have a lapotp and a spare pc in other room for that it needs to look good to

problem i've had.. is lagging on 1080p which i know as i was trying to run it on single core pen4 i know i know befroe everyone says its sh*t.

i like the layout of my current media player which is Team Media portal but i need to know

what processor/mother board to get
what soundcard to get i currently use a logitech 5:1 suround unit and its fine
graphics i want to play 1080p without it dying a death
what pc unit to get .. i want it looking ike a amp or anything that dont look like a pc
what keyboard and mouse to get.
i will spend about £500 on it.. but if i need more i dont want to be limited to something

i can look around onhere all day and get ideas but i really want expert view s hence why i've created this .

Thanks in advance if you need me on msn

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Re: New HTPC Blue Ray Project

Post by hnzw_rui » Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:48 pm

This is a very exhaustive guide for HTPC build suggestions:
renethx's Guide to Building a HD HTPC ... st14239742

All of his recommendations are capable of Blu-ray playback. There are even quick reference charts on the performance of chipset and video card combinations for various usage scenarios. Choose one of his recommended systems and modify it to your liking. :)
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Re: New HTPC Blue Ray Project

Post by aircommando13 » Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:57 pm

Take an XBOX 360 graphics card and put it in a PS3... there you go
Intel E8500 @ 4.0GHz
4GB(2 x 2GB) DDR2 800MHz
Seagate 7200.11 500GB HD
EVGA GTX 260 55nm
Antec 630 watt PSU
Samsung 22x DVD/+/-RW Burner
Antec p182 Case

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