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  Reply # 307679 16-Mar-2010 09:24 Send private message

Sounds nice.. how much did it cost you all up?







Media centre PC - Case Silverstone LC16M with 2 X 80mm AcoustiFan DustPROOF, MOBO Gigabyte MA785GT-UD3H, CPU AMD X2 240 under volted, RAM 4 Gig DDR3 1033, HDD 120Gig System/512Gig data, Tuners 2 X Hauppauge HVR-3000, 1 X HVR-2200, Video Palit GT 220, Sound Realtek 886A HD (onboard), Optical LiteOn DH-401S Blue-ray using TotalMedia Theatre Power Corsair VX Series, 450W ATX PSU OS Windows 7 x64



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  Reply # 315298 6-Apr-2010 13:14 Send private message

Just thought I would post an update...

I have had the above config (with the Core i3) running now for about 2 weeks. I shelled out some more $$ and got a decent Antec Fusion HTPC case to put it all in. I did this to get something quiet, which looks good and also to get a reliable infrared remote receiver.

Performance wise everything seems to be going great. The only time I noticed an issue was when I was watching something I had recorded earlier while two other channels were recording. This created a few minor "blips" on the new recordings. Nothing major though, and hardly a situation that will occur too often for us. I'd probably put it down to not enough CPU grunt...

Overall I'm very happy with the results.

In terms of cost, hard to say since everything was sourced via wholesalers...

Things I don't like:
1) Lack of EPG - I have overcome this by using Big Screen EPG.
2) No method to convert h.264 WTV files into any other format. Hopefully someone will come up with a solution to this in the future.

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  Reply # 315660 7-Apr-2010 09:36 Send private message

Kraven: Just thought I would post an update...

Things I don't like:
1) Lack of EPG - I have overcome this by using Big Screen EPG.
2) No method to convert h.264 WTV files into any other format. Hopefully someone will come up with a solution to this in the future.



For #2 try http://mcebuddy.com/Home.aspx

I haven't looked at it yet, but see it converts wtv and dvr-ms and removes commercials.




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Media Center: Silverstone GD01, AMD A6-3600, Asus F1A75-M PRO, 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws-X 1866, 120GB Samsung EVO Pro + 750GB WD7500BPK HDD, APC UPS, DVB-T AVerTV TwinStar HD, HD Homerun, Blu-ray player, Windows 8.1 with MCE, MediaBrowser3, Freeview HD, LG 55LA6230.
Kids Media Center: Gigabyte Brix 3227, 120GB mSATA SSD, 4GB Ram, HD Homerun, Windows 8.1 with MCE, MediaBrowser3, Sony KDL40W4000 iDTV.
Main PC: Intel C2Q 2.5Ghz, 8GB RAM, NVidia GTX760, 90GB OCZ Agility 3, 750GB WD7500BPK HDD, 2 x 24" Panasonic LCD TV, Blu-ray drive, Windows 8.1 with MCE, Mediabrowser3, HD Homerun.
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  Reply # 315832 7-Apr-2010 17:57 Send private message

Already looked at MCEBuddy, no go unfortunately.

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