I'm currently considering putting together an HTPC. The primary goal here is to replace our Sony HDD Recorder with something that is less horrid to program. It will also be replacing a Tvix box that I have to play media files off our NAS server.
It will be used for recording/playback of Freeview DVB-T from its internal hard drive and playback of other media content I have stored on our NAS. It won't be used for live Freeview as the TV it connects to already has an integrated tuner. At some stage in the future I will probably add a Blu-ray Disc drive. My other consideration is power consumption, which I want to try and keep fairly low.
I like the idea of using onboard video as it means I can use a fairly small case. It also means I have room for additional tuners if required. In terms of budget, ideally I want to keep it under $1k. Within that I would like to leave enough to get a WDTV Live box for our other TV.
Reading through various threads on here, I have come up with the following configuration. I would appreciate any input from you guys:
ASUS M4A785TD-M Evo
785G chipset, HD4200 onboard, 128MB sideport memory
AMD Athlon II X2 250 3.0GHz
65W model, would like a 45W but I can't seem to find any from the major online stores
Hauppauge WinTV Nova T 500 HD
Seems to be the winner with 2x digital tuners. No immediate need for a satellite tuner. Does anyone know if the OEM kit comes with the IR sensor for the remote? I don't really need the remote, since I have a nice Logitech one.
2GB DDR3 RAM
2GB or 4GB - no biggie, but if I can get away with 2GB I will!
I have an Inwin BK-623 which I will probably use. Its not an HTPC case but it will look OK
OS - Win7 Pro
32/64bit. How is driver/software support for 64bit?
I'm prepared to experiment here, will probably start with Media Portal. I do have programming skills, so hacking things together to get EPG data and so forth is well within my grasp.