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dtviewer Offline
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Currently I have an Aspire Revo 1600 and a few ATV2's running XBMC around the house. (all served by an unraid box)
They all work great for their intended purpose but I have been tossing around the idea of building a custom htpc and moving the Revo from the main tv to a bedroom.
My biggest reason for the upgrade is the Revo doesnt have the horsepower to smoothly use the 'pictures' section of XBMC. Im really into photography and have thousands of pictures and like to view them on my tv's sometimes. The revo just takes too long to render each picture when clicking through them.
Also, a more powerful cpu and the ability to bit-stream HD audio when its finalized is a big draw.
(of course cant over state the fun factor of building something new and having something new to tinker with!)

Thinking of running Openelec
Already have HP USB ir receiver and multiple harmony remotes.

That said....my intended purchase:
Hmmm...wishlist not showing up.....
(This post was last modified: 2011-11-12 17:48 by dtviewer.)
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ZOTAC ZT-20309-10L GeForce 210 512MB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6814500209

Rosewill RC-CIX-01 BK Glossy Black Steel Cube Mini-ITX Computer Case with 150W Power Supply and 1x 80mm Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6811147133

BIOSTAR TH61 ITX LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6813138327

Intel Celeron G530 Sandy Bridge 2.4GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G530 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6819116409

Kingston 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6820134751

Transcend JetFlash 500 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Blue) Model TS8GJF500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6820208545

StarTech USBMBADAPT 6in USB 2.0 Cable - USB A Female to USB Motherboard 4 Pin Header F/F
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6812200294

Total: 239.43
(This post was last modified: 2011-11-12 21:35 by dtviewer.)
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Openelec = dont use ATI video card... stick to Nvidia
http://ow.ly/1w5qVn
$40

why not use USB3.0 Flash Drive since your motherboard supports it?
http://goo.gl/72jzP
$20

80mm case Exhaust fan will be noisy,
why not go for the APEX MI-008?
http://goo.gl/zJ4qR
$50

and if u go with the APEX,
buy this fan here
http://goo.gl/8PNVK
$14
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Great catch Eskro....will make the change with the vid card.
Just curious about the GT 210. Will it bit stream HD audio? Your guide has the 210 in most of the builds but it says below that that none of the builds will bitstream HD unless you change the vid card to a 430 or an ati?
Is that correct or is the guide wrong?

I originally had the Apex case in my cart but after reading reviews and a long thread on Avsforum it appears the rosewill case I picked runs much cooler.

Thanks for the help....
(This post was last modified: 2011-11-12 21:29 by dtviewer.)
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right on!!
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eskro Wrote:right on!!

Can you check my change/questions above?

Thanks
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what did u change?
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eskro Wrote:what did u change?

I changed the video card to the 210 as per your suggestion.

My question was:
Just curious about the GT 210. Will it bit stream HD audio? Your guide has the 210 in most of the builds but it says below that that none of the builds will bitstream HD unless you change the vid card to a 430 or an ati?
Is that correct or is the guide wrong?


Thanks again....
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OpenELEC doesnt bitstream HD-Audio... its a windows thing...

guide is right! follow it!
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eskro Wrote:OpenELEC doesnt bitstream HD-Audio... its a windows thing...

guide is right! follow it!

Ahhh ok, that changes things somewhat.
I figured openelec would bitstream hd audio once it was released by team xbmc but if its windows only I will change my build up and use windows 7...I have a hd already that I can use.

So I guess I need to change my vid card to a 430 and no need for the flash drive.
Everything else ok to order?

Thanks for the help....
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If you're going to run W7 then I would go for ATI. I've heard good things about the HD 6570. Nvidia has a macroblocking issue when you FF or RW in W7.
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any Radeon HD6xxx series can BitStream HD-Audio too,,
not just the GT430's...
again, refer to my guide...

pick up the INTEL G530 mini ITX build thats there
and just swap the video card so u can bitstream HD audio,,,
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Thanks guys, think I'm set!
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enjoy!
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dtviewer Wrote:Ahhh ok, that changes things somewhat.
I figured openelec would bitstream hd audio once it was released by team xbmc but if its windows only I will change my build up and use windows 7...I have a hd already that I can use.

So I guess I need to change my vid card to a 430 and no need for the flash drive.
Everything else ok to order?

Thanks for the help....
here are several builds for w7+xbmc+bitstreaming:

1. post #2

2. post #1. it might be the best igpu available on the market.

>Alienware X51- do it all HTPC
>Simplify XBMC configurations
>HOW-TO Bitstreaming using XBMC
I refused to watch movie without bitstreaming HD audio!
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