Your Very First HTPC? But Where do You Start?

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fifrenzy Offline
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mod please delete
(This post was last modified: 2012-02-28 07:34 by fifrenzy.)
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Does this system work with xbmc live (only)?

MaBo: ASUS Mainboard S-1155 H67 ATX 2xPCI-E Audio7.1 GbLAN SATA3 USB3.0 Raid DDR3 Crossfire B3-step
Video: ZOTAC GT 210 SYNERGY 1GB DDR3
Cpu: INTEL Core i3-2100 3.30MHz LGA1155
Cabi.. : Silverstone Milo SST-ML03B
Ram: Kingston 2GB 1333MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 DIMM, ValueRAM. Memory: DDR3, 1 x 2048, 240-pin DIMM, Gold, 256M X 64, DDR3, Dual Rank. Energy management: 1.5
SSD: OCZ 60 GB SSD 2,5" S-ATA III TRIM/GC

I will use an external soundcard : Hegel HD2 DAC and an external 2TB harddrive

I heard that some Mainboards does not support hd bitstream.. but will i need it when I have the hegel DAC?

What PSU should I pick?

Thanks Smile
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lubbelu, best to create a new thread for your build.
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is it possible to get 3d movie playback using i3-2100 without any discreet graphic card?
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eskro Offline
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i wouldnt trust it
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(2012-03-14 00:06)publicENEMY Wrote:  is it possible to get 3d movie playback using i3-2100 without any discreet graphic card?

Theoretically yes with other software

http://forum.cyberlink.com/forum/posts/l...ED9#113505

Not sure of XBMC support though
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(2011-02-14 16:58)eskro Wrote:  ,,Relevant as of January 2012,,
Should be updated.

(2011-02-14 16:58)eskro Wrote:  Q. Out of those builds, which one can play 3D 1080P movies?
A. Except the A6 & A8 builds, none of them till you add one of these 2 GPU Cards:
XFX HD6450 1GB DDR3 64-Bit Fanless Low Profile ($47 + $5) (Windows OS only)
ASUS GT430 1GB DDR3 128-bit Low Profile ($60 + $0)
Says here the intel i3-2100 supports 3d bluray. (i wonder, what do you mean by 3d 1080p. any sample?)

(2011-02-14 16:58)eskro Wrote:  Q. Out of those builds, which one can Bitstream DOLBY TRUE-HD & DTS-HD MASTER audio?
A. Except the A6 & A8 builds, none of them till you add one of these 3 GPU Cards:
ASUS HD5450 512MB DDR3 64-Bit Fanless Low Profile ($35 + $0) (Windows OS only)
XFX HD6450 1GB DDR3 64-Bit Fanless Low Profile ($47 + $5) (Windows OS only)
ASUS GT430 1GB DDR3 128-bit Low Profile ($60 + $0)
(Note that as of today, XBMC can't natively Bitstream HD-Audio)
Again, see here. Truehd is hardware supported. the editor mentioned the left right channel for 7.1 audio is swapped. dont know how the latest update fares.

(2011-02-14 16:58)eskro Wrote:  Q. Out of those builds, which one can be used with OpenELEC version of XBMC (Linux)?
A. Except the A6 & A8 builds, all of them!!
I tested a6 with openelec beta and it works great.

You should update the guide or it will give wrong info.
(This post was last modified: 2012-03-14 01:14 by publicENEMY.)
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eskro Offline
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thats why there's a relevant date. i'll update when i feel like it Tongue

about HD-AUdio bitstream, i gave correct info,
im talking about the builds i suggest here.

i3 sandybridge failed to playback 3D.
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid...#pid927261

AMD APU's might now be stable under OpenELEC, i'll have to investigate..
(This post was last modified: 2012-03-14 06:13 by eskro.)
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(2012-03-14 06:12)eskro Wrote:  i3 sandybridge failed to playback 3D.
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid...#pid927261.


You may want to clarify and state the I3 2120 with the Intel 2000 graphics failed to playback 3D.

The 2105 at 5$ more with the Intel 3000 graphics will playback 3D.

I would also question the posted test results as I've read several forums of people having success with 3D on the 2100.
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(2012-03-14 06:24)Monkeypox Wrote:  
(2012-03-14 06:12)eskro Wrote:  i3 sandybridge failed to playback 3D.
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid...#pid927261.


You may want to clarify and state the I3 2120 with the Intel 2000 graphics failed to playback 3D.

The 2105 at 5$ more with the Intel 3000 graphics will playback 3D.

I would also question the posted test results as I've read several forums of people having success with 3D on the 2100.
It's quite possible that the latest Intel driver might allow it to playback 3d, and here are the previous tests on it- http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=113770.

>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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Eskro, looking at buying the following setup. It is based off your #7 setup and would be used for 3d Blu-Rays, 1080P streaming of Netflix and Hulu.

[CPU+iGPU] AMD A8-3850 4x2.9GHz HD6550D FM1 100W ($129.99)
[MOBO] ASRock A75M FM1 CIR USB3.0 SATAIII UEFI μATX ($74.99)
[CASE] SILVERSTONE ML03B μATX (59.99)
[PSU] Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W ATX12V ($44.99)
[RAM] Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ($28.99)
[SSD] Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III ($94.99)
TOTAL: ($434)

Your thoughts are appreciated.
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eskro Offline
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Flawless to me!

you could drop to a A6-3500 APU for $90

and get a silent cooler with saved dollars...

and as PSU, well, i dont go crazy with the EA-380 since it has an 80mm fan...

i know its a good one with good reviews tho,

but i prefer getting the one listed in my HTPC guide,

and if its not available, i'd get the Silverstone Strider 400W
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Do I have to have a GPU in order to get Bitstream DOLBY TRUE-HD & DTS-HD MASTER audio or is there any MicroATX motherboards that support it?
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(2012-03-16 16:40)Geran Wrote:  Do I have to have a GPU in order to get Bitstream DOLBY TRUE-HD & DTS-HD MASTER audio or is there any MicroATX motherboards that support it?
If you use AMD APU (it'll work with most motherbords), you don't need a discrete GPU for bitstreaming....

>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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Hi!

I just bought these components:

ASUS F1A75-M PRO DDR3 S-FM1 M-ATX
AMD A-SERIES X3 A6-3500 2.1GHZ SOCKET FM1 BOX
OCZ VERTEX PLUS 2.5" 60GB SSD SATA/300 MLC
ANTEC MINUET 350 PIANO SVART SLIMLINE 350W

Got it set up with Win7 and running smooth, but I can not seem to get dts or any other sound other then Stereo through the HDMI? What am I doing wrong ^^

I've tried XBMC(put the receiver supports dts etc on), tried Mediaportal(ack!), vlc and windows mediaplayer classic.. Every one seem to just be giving me stereo :/
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