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[WINDOWS] Hardware recommendation and iMON compatibility - upD8R - 2011-06-15 21:29
I'm a complete newbie to XBMC but I liked what I saw when I first tried it today
I have a rather old HTPC running on Asus M2A-VM HDMI (AMD 690G chipset w/ integrated X1250) and an AMD Athlon64 x2 4200, 2GB RAM.
This system was actually never used as HTPC but more as my former home server just serving Swisscenter for my old Pinnacle SC200.
I recently installed Win 7 Home Premium and tried XBMC for Windows. It looks great, it feels great but the system is not capable of playing FullHD content. SD is no problem at all.
I guess, there is no GPU HW accelaration and the CPU might be too weak.
Now my questions:
I'd like to swap board and CPU to have something which delivers best performance with XBMC. What do you recommend. Noisy fans should be avoided, though.
The system is built into a SilverStone LC16 case which brings an iMON Remote Control. Are there any tips or tutorials how to configure the RC for XBMC?
Thanks for your help!
- eskro - 2011-06-15 21:38
check in my signature for a HTPC startup guide...
for the iMON Remote Control, i only use it to PowerON and OFF my HTPC,,,
it works so bad and is fairly unresponsive!!
- upD8R - 2011-06-15 22:03
eskro Wrote:check in my signature for a HTPC startup guide...Will do so, thanks.
Quote:for the iMON Remote Control, i only use it to PowerON and OFF my HTPC,,,I have two of them and one works fine. How do you control your PC then?
- eskro - 2011-06-15 22:10
XBMC controlled by my Rii Mini WIreless 2.4GHz Keyboard
Browsing the Web is done by using my Gyration Air Mouse GO+
- Mallet21 - 2011-06-15 22:19
upD8R Wrote:Now my questions:
Why not just add a discrete video card and keep the existing mobo and CPU? Nvidia GT430, Nvidia GT520 or an AMD HD6450 should get XBMC working just fine.
- eskro - 2011-06-15 22:21
even GT210 or HD5450
- upD8R - 2011-06-15 22:27
Well, it's worth a try! Thanks!
Looking for the GT520 now. Just for my understanding: this card brings HW accelaration which is supported by XBMC or how does it work?
- eskro - 2011-06-15 22:32
even the GT210 brings HW Accel to XBMC,,,,
you dont have to worry about nothing,,,
if you'll use Windows7, in XBMC, you'll see an option to enable HW Accel....
Same if your under Linux.....
- eskro - 2011-06-15 22:36
i would get this one if i were you --> PowerColor Go! Green AX5450 ($24.99 after mail-in rebate)
- upD8R - 2011-06-15 22:45
Thanks, got the Asus GT520 for 50 EUR. Will post my result then.
BTW, when playing movies with XBMC: Is it possible to see some statistics, e.g. dropped frames?