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#278550 - 11/10/09 05:56 PM HTPC Config suggestions
Avi Deshpande Offline

Registered: 01/08/08
Posts: 157
Loc: SF Bay Area, USA
We have excellant advice on the forum and i wanted to see if i can get suggestions for a new HTPC. My old Sony media center crashes a lot and wifey has asked to have it thrown out \:\)

Need to support these features
- dual monitor (small LCD & Projector)
- support DVR function
- Blu-ray
- Analog 5.1 ? for blu-ray
- SATA (add 4TB) and get rid of the freeNAS box
- maybe add more external storage later
- silent (will be in media room)
- Windows 7
- PlayOn (for mediaroom 2 PS3)
- Squeezebox (Music)
- use the existing firewire connected 200 DVD changer.

MOST important..wifey should be able to use it.

Sony 46XBR2, Denon 4802, 60GB PS3, M80s, VP150, QS8s..Waiting for Sub

#278579 - 11/10/09 09:08 PM Re: HTPC Config suggestions [Re: Avi Deshpande]
Joe_in_SC Offline

Registered: 02/16/04
Posts: 307
Loc: Charleston, SC
For the most important item, a good universal remote is critical. I love my Harmony One (and the wife can use it, too).
I started out with nothing & I've still got most of it left
M60 VP160 QS8 EP350
M22 VP100

#278980 - 11/13/09 02:19 PM Re: HTPC Config suggestions [Re: Avi Deshpande]
fredk Offline

Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 7403
Loc: Canada
There is nothing unusual in your list. The only thing you will not get yet from onboard video is HDMI passthrough. I think that AMD had them on their roadmap for Q1 2010. The inexpensive 5000 series cards with PAP for full HD support should be out soon.

Blujays1: Spending Fred's money one bottle at a time, no two... Oh crap!

#279148 - 11/15/09 11:01 AM Re: HTPC Config suggestions [Re: fredk]
Ray3 Offline

Registered: 02/02/04
Posts: 2845
Loc: Rochester, NY
Take a look at this thread and do a bit of research on the Nvidia Ion platform.

Appears to be a pretty cost-effective solution that delivers the goods in a small package.

#279160 - 11/15/09 01:33 PM Re: HTPC Config suggestions [Re: Ray3]
Zarak Offline

Registered: 03/09/03
Posts: 1849
Loc: PA
Thanks for the link Ray...that little device looks interesting. I've been debating doing something for a HTPC but don't really want a computer sitting in the rack, and haven't taken the time to find a nice case with a system I could build. That little guy could do the trick.

#279166 - 11/15/09 03:17 PM Re: HTPC Config suggestions [Re: Zarak]
ClubNeon Offline

Registered: 02/06/09
Posts: 3453
Loc: Western Maryland, USA
Or you could stay right here, and have a look at this thread.
Pioneer VSX-1018AH-K, PDP-5020FD, DV-79AVi
Axiom M22s, VP150, QS8s
Sony PS3, surround backs


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