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HTPC Building - A HotHardware How-To Video Spotlight

HTPC Building - A HotHardware How-To Video Spotlight

Building a Home Theater PC is often times a much better option for enabling your entertainment center for various forms of digital media playback capability.  Rather than stepping up to additional discrete components, like a stand-alone Blu-ray, DVD or CD player, why not really infuse your living room entertainment center with real intelligence and multimedia muscle and build an HTPC (Home Theater PC)?  In this video, we'll give you some suggestions on a few component selection options for building an HTPC, as well as a high-level overview of its assembly and a few key design points to look out for.



HTPC Building - A HotHardware How-To
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a big problem I have with HTPCs is debating over low profile heatsinks...

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I noticed, too, that there was no mention of RAM... am I missing something?  I realize that there is a time constraint, so for the build price, would you mind commenting on the "all - in" cost (with tuner, OS, RAM, etc...)?  Thanks.  I've got my wish list over at Newegg running over $1K and don't want to buy anything that isn't necessary.

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Heya Casual,

There was definitely a mention of RAM as we stepped through the parts list in the beginning of the vid. 

Also, if you look here, there is a part by part break down of costs

http://hothardware.com/Articles/Home-Theater-PC-Building--A-HotHardware-HowTo/

add to that a $70 - $120 turner card and you're set.

Thanks

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Thanks Dave, looks like I was missing something.  Typical oversight for me.  Great article and video; much thanks.

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Nice guide there, I was going to do one of these but my entertainment center is kind of full with gaming consoles, so I opted for just a media server instead. I picked up one of those ACER boxes off newegg just cuz I was lazy, aside from not really being able to customize it they do what they advertise and make a great addition to your entertainment center. But at any rate I might try to do one of these if I get some spare cash just cuz that case is too sexy :) (Not the shuttle one the other one).

Dave I did have one question though, did you have to connect the aux audio cable (spdif, or whatever it uses??) to the video cards to enable sound through the HDMI?

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dizowned:

Dave I did have one question though, did you have to connect the aux audio cable (spdif, or whatever it uses??) to the video cards to enable sound through the HDMI?

Hey Diz,  Thanks for checking out the guide.  And actually, no.  That's the beauty of HDMI.  The audio signals with full surround sound, are all piped over the HDMI connection.   In fact, we connected to a stereo amplifier for the demo and it processed the audio and passed on the video to the Plasma TV.   What's even better is that an HDMI driven desktop is perfectly crystal clear, with fonts sharp, over HDMI.  This is something you couldn't say and still can't in many situations with other PC-to-TV connections.

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Hey thanks Dave for posting this how to guide, I was thinking one day down the road of building one, and now I know the procedure. I guess these are a self made DVR / DVD or Blueray / PC pop a TV tuner card in it and bam, you have a complete multimedia setup.

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This is exactly why I have stopped buying any kind of home theatre equipment!  With a Blu-Ray and optical out within the computer, there is no reason to keep buying every new format that comes out. Even more now that it is all up in the air as to what the next format is going to be. hopefully HD movies will be the next wave that actually lasts for a while.  Even with all the new formats of sound decoders is another reason to keep it simple.
 
If you are good at building computers, It is way cheaper as well. Having to constantly upgrade DVD players with the latest Progressive, upconverting, HDMI, Etc...can be very daunting. I am also a big fan of these Home Theatre PC cases. some of them look really cool and have lots of space that allows you to build an all encompassing system for a variety of uses.
 
Although I can say, I do miss my Laserdiscs. DVD's have way better pictures on a single side with all sound formats available. But LD's were much cooler sitting on the self, just like collecting records.
 
This How-to Gives you a great advantage of where to begin without having to do all the research and stress of building something that might be incompatible with HT.  Think of it this way, if you are a gamer you can build a rocking gaming PC in a case that matches your receiver and play on the big screen :)

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Yep animatortom, it does wipe out the research and stress of thinking part Wink. It is a build by HH which is just awsome! :) Why build one that matches :) just plug you own nasty rig in ;) lol

 

also animatortom whats with the yellow highlights??? your html shows

<span class="J-JK9eJ-PJVNOc" style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% yellow;">Blu</span>

when normal text background from the menu shows

<span style="background-color: #ffff00;">Test</span>

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Another question regarding this build...can it be used to receive Netflix over the Internet? A DVR perhaps? Am I getting greedy?? Big Smile

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gator_grabber:

Another question regarding this build...can it be used to receive Netflix over the Internet? A DVR perhaps? Am I getting greedy?? Big Smile

 

Yes, definitely... Netflix's "watch instantly" option allows for this, as do other services.

 

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I thought this was really informative, but I actually decided on a full tower CPU in the room next over with an HDMI running to my receiver. Allowed me to get higher performance/price.


But I have to run to the other room to insert Blurays....

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I know silly aint it?  

I use a different compositor and spell check, since on the initial pass Spell check is not here. So if I copy it over and has words not recognized they are yellow. Plus it was late last night....Sorry? I will try and use highlights only when  necessary  Cool

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Whenever I contemplate building a nice HTPC (read: a micro-ITX that can run real games) I end up with a PSU problem -

Is the Element Q's 250W PSU really enough to support the i5 and the Radeon 5670?

I know each is rated below 70W but did you get to test the system under real stress?

BTW, I read that now there's a 270W version as well.

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Looks like smaller HTPC are going to even more popular this year here is a rather in expensive card from Diamond AIW5000

Bus Type: PCI Express X16 (Graphic Card) and PCI Express X1 (Tuner Card) | Part Number: AIW5000 http://www.diamondmm.com/AIW5000 sell for about 145.00 probably less and several to choose from as well.

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Good info. One draw back I think is the remote. Most are infered, so you need line of sight. It took me a bit, but found an RF type from Nuforce. Not everything about it I lake, but there just isn't enought RF media center win 7 reponts out there. Most notabily on this one is the stop and fast forward are WAY to close. Good info here though, and it is still current. Personnely, I want to have or build a gaming cener that can still run great as an HTPC, but still now suck the cash from my walet to pay the power bill. So watching and ready the sandy bridge and mayne the Ivy processors.

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This is a very cool setup, a lot of good info, but my one main question is what software would I use?

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