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- WhiteLighter - 2011-08-25 20:28
Thanks eskro...WhiteLighter has been enlightened
I was originally planning for an AMD quad core since we'll also be using the HTPC for video conference (skype) and web streaming (and maybe some games, but that would fall under video cards options). Would I benefit using x4 or should I fall back to x2? Athlon or Phenom?
On a different note, any suggestions on what I can use to turn the HTPC power on via remote?
- Superorb - 2011-08-25 20:30
^^ a quad core is overkill in almost all instances except for those where you'd be doing lots of transcoding (and even then the i3 CPU has hardware acceleration for video transcoding).
You can sleep the HTPC and then wake from remote. Sleeping only uses 1watt or so.
- eskro - 2011-08-25 20:36
the G620 will handle all your SKYPE and 1080P NetFlix/Youtbe/Hulu content....
but if your a heavy gamer that plays hardcore heavy games,
thats a whole different story,,,
then, i'd say i3-2100 + Radeon HD6570/6670
- soopersonic - 2011-08-26 07:25
Superorb Wrote:Probably best to start a new post describing the problem, that way you'll get people that have solved your problem previously. I'm using HDMI, but I'm still passing sound via the headphones jack since I bought my receiver when I was in 7th grade (middle school). I've been out of university for almost 7 years now, so it's an old receiver.
I thought maybe there are just certain "typical" best practice settings for my setup? Which I could try first and see if I get any tearing / problems with them? If so, please share them with me. Otherwise I'll just try and try again :-)
- Superorb - 2011-08-26 17:39
soopersonic Wrote:I thought maybe there are just certain "typical" best practice settings for my setup? Which I could try first and see if I get any tearing / problems with them? If so, please share them with me. Otherwise I'll just try and try again :-)In the past you'd need to enable VDPAU, but now all the recent versions already have it enabled. You're not using an ION setup, so no need to reallocate 512MB RAM to the video GPU. So, probably best to start another thread
- spiktsu - 2011-08-31 21:20
Hey guys! My brother got a Xtreamer Ultra 3 days ago! It's nice! but I was wondering what you guys think and whoever has one here... send me a pm ...I'm planning to buy one as well.
- polkaroo - 2011-09-03 10:41
From a noise level perspective, is there any difference between
Are you using the ASUS GT430 with the fan? How noisy is it?
Also, I am currently using Darhma on Linux with the MSI N210-MD512H GeForce 210 Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127454 Out of curiosity, is there a big difference between the Zotac GT210 (recommended here) and the MSI N210-MD512H?
Currently, should I see a difference in Darhma between using the GT430 or the MSI N210-MD512H card (for 2D only)? I don't plan on watching anything in 3D, but I would like to have native HD-bitstreaming once it is supported in a future version of XBMC.
- eskro - 2011-09-03 10:59
ASUS GT430 with Active cooling is reviewed as a none-noisy GPU card,,
whats noisy for you, might be quiet for me,,,
if your afraid of noise, you go fanless,,,
you wont see performance difference between the two GT210's your talking about....
HD-bitstreaming is a windows thing i'd say,,,, as it works.....
Under Linux, its not %100 there yet,,,,
so, i say use/buy a GT210
- bluray - 2011-09-03 15:29
polkaroo Wrote:Currently, should I see a difference in Darhma between using the GT430 or the MSI N210-MD512H card (for 2D only)? I don't plan on watching anything in 3D, but I would like to have native HD-bitstreaming once it is supported in a future version of XBMC.if you are planning to playback dts-hd ma and truehd, i'm recomending gt430 over gt210- EVGA nVidia GeForce GT430.
here is more info on it- GeForce GT 210 vs GeForce GT 430
- Geurge - 2011-09-05 08:30
Going to be build a new media centre soon and was wondering what a good case would be?
I want something like http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/info_1080.html so it will look in place under the TV. But I am also going to be using it as a gaming PC, so it's going to have a GTX560 (or two) in there as well.
So I was wondering what a good case would be to fit all of that in there and still look in place under the TV?