creating pc media center
Posted 03 March 2008 - 04:56 PM
Posted 30 April 2008 - 02:46 PM
My setup for a tivo replacement has an Athlon 64 x2 5000 processor (i think) w/ 1gig of cheap ram, 500 gig HD, DVD player (you can get a HD/Blu-Ray/DVD combo for $$$, check out the LG product), hauppauge 1600 TV tuner (comes with the remote, and analog and digital tuners), and ATI Radeon HD 3450 with a dvi to hdmi cable for HD picture (no sound over dvi but it is possible i hear) I did get a pretty nice mobo for this system from ASUS with on board wireless (this is a great feature). So the only two parts I spent any real money on were the case and Motherboard. This system is not one you want to game out on but for my set up it works great, check out ebay to go cheap I spent about $300 total and I wasn't really tring to save money, just wanted to get it working.
Once you have you're system built you need to determine how you want the system to operate. For web access (abilty to setup record/play fuctions over the internet) you will want to use my personal choice MythTV which means Linux for the os (there is a linux flavor available on the web which is setup and ready to go, i think it is called Linux Media Center) but get ready for the learning curve if you have never used Linux before. If you want to play games and for basic watch tv watching it means Windows and a more powerful system than the one I built above. I have found Vista Media Center works great but stay away from XP media center (funny how games work better on XP and Media Center on Vista. I haven't checked out Nero Home but it looks pretty much the same as Windows Media Center. The canned progs from the tv tuner cards are junk if you ask me.
Well I am sure there is a lot more to talk about. MediaPortal looks great but young and SageTV is another hit to your wallet, AppleTV is not something I have looked at. If you want I will go through the steps I took to set up my system but there are some great websites out there that will do a better job than me.
http://www.htpcnews.com/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Htpc are good places to start.
Posted 02 May 2008 - 02:31 PM
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