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- gabbott - 2012-01-08 04:12
sparky0 Wrote:Also, I'm not sure if I want to spring for an SSD, or cheap out and try a USB thumb drive for the OS. (I will have bulk storage on the gigabit LAN.) Will the thumb drive be sufficient for any of the distros I mentioned above? Would there be a noticeable performance hit? Will swapping kill it?
For openelec and running everything from a NAS, a USB thumbdrive will be fine. I had an SSD in one of my boxes and actually took it out in favor of a thumbdrive as there was no difference in performance. What I did instead was end up putting my SSD in my media server and used it for my thumbnails and to install mysql on.
- bluray - 2012-01-08 06:11
coffeeman Wrote:http://www.viako.com/viako/product_view.asp?idx=398With that kind of money, I can build a better AMD a8-3850 with BD-RE drive for less money!
But if you don't want to build HTPC yourself, you can give it a try. If you don't want internal BD drive or front USB port, you'll be fine with that case. I hope that it have a PCIe slot available for aftermarket discrete GPU.
- coffeeman - 2012-01-08 07:49
bluray Wrote:With that kind of money, I can build a better AMD a8-3850 with BD-RE drive for less money!
yeah that's what I was thinking, I can understand the company they are out for profits, I would want something with more juice if I was paying that kind of money.. the case is nice.. maybe a bare bones option and build myself.
- takoi - 2012-01-17 17:29
Your group #2 and #3 are flawed. I'm pretty sure most people (people who don't care about Hulu, Netflix and such, meaning the world - the us) are in these, so not exactly good for the guide
#2 because AppleTV2 doesn't have a HDD
#3 because you can't actually get AppleTV1. It's discontinued..
- AssChin79 - 2012-01-27 14:46
ventech Wrote:Your group #2 and #3 are flawed. I'm pretty sure most people (people who don't care about Hulu, Netflix and such, meaning the world - the us) are in these, so not exactly good for the guide
The other thought to consider is that in order to load XBMC onto Apple1 or 2 you have to jailbreak the device and to load XBMC onto the XBOX1 you have to chip the machine. I seriously doubt most people are going to go to those lengths. It makes a lot more sense in 2012 to come into XBMC with the understanding that it will run on a low powered nettop PC that you buy off the shelf.
- malte - 2012-01-29 16:15
Thanks for your guides and this group overview, eskro. Helps me a lot while getting into the topic and finding a build that suits me.
Just some comments as it seems that always the same additional questions come up here and in other threads/forums. Would it be worth/possible to expand the groups with some more variables?
The social skills won't be easy to integrate but I guess the first three (OS handling, skin, gaming) should be easy to add to the current groups without bigger rearrangements.
BTW: While searching around I also found a nice overview of example builds in a german hardware forum. Most builds are based on Intel CPUs but some have also mentioned AMD as alternative.
- Dieter@be - 2012-02-10 14:23
how about people who want all the fancy stuff (1080p, flawless support for as many codecs as possible, hardware decoding/low power consumption) but do not care about Hulu/Netflix etc?
In fact, in Europe hulu/netflix is not even available, so ...
is this also group3 ?
- Jetster - 2012-02-10 14:42
Well group 3 is basically AppleTV2. So your talking at least group 4 if not 5 or 6. By codex you mean out side of XBMC sence it does not use Codex.
- takoi - 2012-02-10 15:01
Jetster Wrote:Well group 3 is basically AppleTV2.
No, group 3 says AppleTV1, which you cant buy. There are no group for people who just want 1080p and doesn't care about American streaming services, but i guess 4 would be the closest.
- bluray - 2012-02-10 16:09
@ Dieter@be- the first build in my signature, but replace AMD A8-3850 with AMD A6-3500. You'll have a very low power consumption AMD HTPC that will playback everything!