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- eskro - 2011-08-05 19:40
- WhiteLighter - 2011-08-10 18:26
I really enjoyed this guide. It really helps a lot on deciding on what one would need ^_^ I know that the guide is current as of July 2011. I was running xbmc on my main computer (work/gaming computer) and everything works great. But since my parents and younger brother moved-in 2 months ago, I've been sharing my computer with them. I now have decided to build a new HTPC for them to use so that I can have my computer back While browsing, I noticed the nvidia GT520 which is cheaper than the recommended GT430 for 3D 1080p. Will the GT520 be a better choice than the GT430? What will be the pros and cons for each? Thanks
- eskro - 2011-08-10 18:50
not much to say,,,,
GT430 will be like $10 more only,,,
And will perform better with 1080i/Live HDTV content...
But for 1080P, both cards are perfect....
and the GT520 can be FanLess Low Profile,,,
Ghetto NAS Question - jasmill1969 - 2011-08-12 20:14
nevermind, will make a new post.
- emal011 - 2011-08-12 23:23
i'm trying to build my own HTPC, and just need a case, look what i have:
* AMD Athlon X2 6000
* Asus M2N Picture
* Nvidia GT8800 512Mb Picture
* Creative SB Titanium Picture
My problem is, that i want a case the more smaller possible. All have to be inside, plus i thinking to put a Kinstong SSD 16Gb + 2Tb 3.5Zoll Hardisk's and maybe a DVD or Bluray Player.
After read ur post i see a Silverstone Case , thinks that could be enough?
- Superorb - 2011-08-12 23:28
emal011 Wrote:Hey man,If you want a small case the only way to do that is with an ITX setup.
- emal011 - 2011-08-12 23:35
well, when i say small, i mean smaller than this. And whhat do u think about the Silverstone case? A simple one, no LCD screen, just a minimalistic case.
- bluray - 2011-08-13 00:20
emal011 Wrote:well, when i say small, i mean smaller than this. And whhat do u think about the Silverstone case? A simple one, no LCD screen, just a minimalistic case.here are your choices- atx htpc case
- Mackster - 2011-08-19 23:06
Thanks so much for this guide.
I ended up putting together an HTPC from the items listed here:
[MOBO+CPU+iGPU] ASRock E350M1 Zacate Dual-Core 1.6Ghz HD6310 ALC892 Mini-ITX
[CASE+PSU] Apex MI-008 Black mini-ITX 250W
[FAN] SilenX IXP-74-09 120mm 800RPM 38CFM 9dBA
[SSD] Kingston SSDNow 30GB 2.5" SATAII Trim Read:180MB/s Write:50MB/s
[RAM] 2x CORSAIR 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 DDR3 1333
I also added a USB Wifi adapter, a blue-ray player, an IR Remote, and an external USB hard drive.
It's running Windows 7 Ultimate 64x.
Everything works perfectly fine, including blue ray movies, and HD content, except for HD netflix. Netflix works fine in SD, but when it switches to HD it really stutters and drops to about 1 frame a second. It's not a network issue as the video is fully cached. I also tried running netflix directly in a browser, and shut down XBMC, but the problem still occurs.
All MB and video drivers are up to date, as well as all windows updates.
Is there something specific I should configure or setup in this build to address this issue?
- bluray - 2011-08-20 03:57
Mackster- that is almost identical to what i built for my theater room. i don't have any problem with hd netflix.
in catalyst control center, go to video settings and video playback, you can set it to enforce smooth video playback. in xbmc playback settings, set it to allow hardware acceleration (dxva2) and sync playback to display.