Poofyhairguy's HTPC Recommendation Thread - Printable Version
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- nemek - 2011-06-13 09:44
GPU will play every full hd movie. Thing is about cpu's if they are fast enough to handle menu fluently (some skins request fast cpu).
- Gunserotti - 2011-06-23 15:31
I'm not sure if I'm in group 2 or 3?
Here is my workflow----rip blu-ray with anydvdhd----transfer files to unraid server----XBMC on which HTPC? (this is what I'm trying to determine)------ output to Denon receiver (can HD audio decode everything)------to samsung HD tv.
Basically I want my htpc/media software to allow me to "hear" HD Audio via my Denon (I don't care if the HTPC or Denon does the HD Audio processing).
Before I found this thread I was thinking of getting the newest Mac Mini (hdmi) with XBMC, however it is still unclear to me that I will be able to "hear" HD Audio with this configuration ( am I in group 3?). Thanks
- eskro - 2011-06-23 15:46
yes, GROUP 3 for you! http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=94199
- poofyhairguy - 2011-06-24 12:42
Yep, a new Mac Mini won't cut it unless you are willing to tweak.
- Gunserotti - 2011-06-29 08:03
Thanks. In the end I decided to go with the Boxee Box. It appears to meet all my requirements. I hope it works....
- Superorb - 2011-06-29 08:10
Gunserotti Wrote:Thanks. In the end I decided to go with the Boxee Box. It appears to meet all my requirements. I hope it works....I know Boxee is built on/around XBMC, but can the Boxee Box run XBMC natively?
- poofyhairguy - 2011-06-29 08:46
No. Its locked down.
- QLink - 2011-06-29 09:37
poofyhairguy Wrote:so if there is something missing please let me know.
really nice thread. congrats poofy!
some suggestions of things you can probably add:
- WAF hardware (irda receiver, harmony, etc.)
- differentiate linux/windows hardware(which hw works under which OS best)
for example GT430 is true a winner and imho definitly the best HTPC GPU from NVIDIA. but if you use windows there are also some ATI GPUs worth to mention, which are cheaper, need half the power(energy efficiency) but can give you pretty the same features...
- energy efficiency/power usage information
what do you think about that ?
anyway keep up that good work. very informative !
- QLink - 2011-06-29 09:40
nemek Wrote:GPU will play every full hd movie. Thing is about cpu's if they are fast enough to handle menu fluently (some skins request fast cpu).
maybe things may change when dirty regions reaches final status
- Superorb - 2011-06-29 15:27
What about the built in GPU of the new i3 CPUs, will we be fine with using that or will we need a discreet video card?