Your Very First HTPC? But Where do You Start?

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leoajax Offline
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Hi guys, newbie here...
I have a question that tell you the little knowledge I have, so please understand.
I'm kind of a videophile, but with extremely limited budget, but happen to have a 7.1 denon receiver, so I'm interested on playing the most popular video formats (usually high bitrate x264 or MPEG-4 AVC Video) and any kind of lossy and looseless audio format, including DTS MA & dolby True HD Passthrough.
So I want to build the cheapest HTPC possible without sacrificing performance=audio/Video reproduction quality (may use Internet browser and stuff, but no games nor any demanding app other than the player).
So my question is this:
knowing you can boot Linux from a pen drive, Can you build an HTPC without a Hard Drive or RAM memory using only 1 or 2 pen drives I already have and never use?

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adang Offline
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I am looking at buying Zotac Zbox ID-18U for $130. Already have 5200 rpm Harddisk. Just need to buy USB driver and RAM. The box has

SPDIF: Yes (Required. Have non-HDMI receiver)
GigE: Yes (Required. Have wired connection)
DVI/VGA: Yes (Required. Have VGA Projector for now)
USB 3: Yes (Nice to have)
SATA III: Yes (Nice to have)
Card Reader: Yes (Nice to have)
eSata: Yes (Nice to have)
FULL HD 3D: No (The only bummer)
IR receiver: No (I have Win MCE receiver)
BT: No (No big deal)
Wifi: No (No big deal. Using wired connection)
Display Port: No (I don't know if I ever need this.)

My question is,
1) Can it run Netflix HD in Windows 8.1 and Youtube HD.
2) If Yes, does 2 GB RAM enough or I need 4 GB or more.
2) Is there any other latest box in similar $130~200 range that has (DVI/VGA, SPDIF, USB 3, GigE, SATA III) that can do Full HD 3D.

If this box can run Netflix HD in Windows 8.1 and sound is no issue thru SPDIF, it would be great. I can always purchase Blue ray player for Full HD 3D once I upgrade my projector. I am planning to setup dual boot to Windows 8.1 (HDD) and Openelec (USB) if possible.

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ctrx32 Offline
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Post: #1143
Hi guys,

I'm looking for help with a build.

** Cost is not much of a consideration.
** I would like everything to run off of one box. (includeing mythTV backend, etc)
** PVR is key, I need a cable card tuner card suggestion.
** I have a strong preference for linux. (what is this about some things only working on windows?)

I like fractal-design cases and if everything fits would like to use

What high end build do you suggest?
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loki05 Offline
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Post: #1144
my current setup....Asus Chromebox running Openelec v4.07 using Matt Devo script/build!!

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bamaster Offline
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Hello all. New guy here. I'm moving to Saudi in a few weeks and I want to burn my DVD/BR collection to a portable HTPC. I found a guide that suggested these components but I can't find it at the moment. Here's what I have.

CPU: Intel I3-4130T
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-H97M-HD3 LGA 1150 Micro ATX DDR3 1600
RAM: Kingston HyperX FURY 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 CL10 DIMM - Blue
PSU: Seasonic 360W 80PLUS Gold ATX12V SSR-360GP
Drive 1: Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 120GB SSD
Drive 2: Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB SATA III - WD30EZRX
Drive: LG Electronics 14x Internal BDXL WH14NS40
Case: SilverStone Grandia Series HTPC Case
Other: Windows 8.1, FLIRC dongle, Logitech keyboard K400R, Harmony remote, Netgear AC3200 Nighthawk X6 R8000 router

My Goals:
1. To simply watch the movies I already have
2. Stream Netflix
3. Maybe record some live TV
4. Stay anonymous (have PIA for VPN on the router)

I'm no stranger to IT, but it's still my first PC build. I just want a place to store my movies so I'll be doing a lot of ripping.

Anything missing or anything you'd add? Feedback is appreciated. TIA!
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