Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

46 posts


# 106286 20-Jul-2012 20:05
Send private message

Just a bit of an FYI post and sharing my experiences building a new HTPC, I have had my current setup running for the last 2~3 years. It hasn’t been too bad just with a few niggles here and there (Channel change times, sluggish performance at times tec, etc.

Due to issues trying to get my HTPC working with dual DVBS-2 cards (Hauppauge HVR 4000 and 4400) I made the decision that it was time to start fresh and try and improve general performance whilst I am at it. So, online I go and order a bunch of fresh hardware and download the latest versions of the required software .....

  • Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H Motherboard;
  • Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4 GHz, Ivy Bridge;
  • Kingston HyperX, 2x4GB, DDR3-1600, DIMM;
  • Silverstone Lascala LC16 Home Theatre Case (I recycled my PSU as it is not that old);
  • Corsair Force Series 3 Solid State Drive, 120GB, SATA 6 Gb/s x 2;
    • 1 = Operating System;
    • 1 = TV Cache / Recording (Script to archive recordings to file server);
    • LiteOn iHES212 Blu-ray drive;
    • TBS6984 PCI-E DVB-S2 Quad TV card (Waiting on delivery, recycled my 4000 & 4400 in the interim);
    • Omnikey CardMan® 3121 (Waiting on delivery, recycled my Jaycar reader in the interim).
  • Windows 7 Professional;
  • Windows Media Center;
  • DVBLink v4.5, now downgraded to 3.2;
  • NewCS, Acamd etc (Will upgrade to Oscam with the new reader);
  • Cyberlink PowerDVD v12 (Drive came with 10 but upgraded).
First of all, full credit to Ascent, with the exception of the tuner and card reader I ordered all of my parts from them online on Wednesday afternoon. Woohoo, next morning the courier turns up with a bunch of boxes for me, everything was there that I ordered. I figure I will assemble it recycling my old card reader and tuner cards(s) until they turn up from Hong Kong.

My intention was to try and throw as much grunt at the HTPC as realistic to eliminate and performance issues. Anyway, to cut to the chase we will fast forward to a fully assembled HTPC with all the required software installed .....

The good:
  • The Silverstone case is a nice looking case, solidly build and has the iMon VFD and remote. Reasonable value for the price.
  • SSD drives are a blessing, boot times are very quick and hopefully dedicating one for TV caching and recording should improve performance. I have scripted to archive off recordings to our home file server due to the space available.
  • Both my Hauppauge cards play together nicely on this board (I could not get them both working together in the old setup).
The bad:
  • The SATA 6Gb connectors on the motherboard are forward facing on the front edge of the board, this required removing the 3.5 “ cages, plugging the cables then replacing them. A bit of a saga.
  • PowerDVD 10 which came with the Blu Ray drive doesn’t integrate with WMC7 very well and had issues with stuttering, an upgrade to v12 fixed this.
  • The front multifunction buttons on the case do not appear to work with Windows 7, I haven’t had a chance to find a fix. It does state in the cases manual XP/2000 only so I will note to Ascent that they probably want to note it with the product details. 
  • The PSU fits to the left of the case below the motherboard so the PSU fan points to the side of the case. I was hoping to rely on that to vent the case to reduce the number of fans.
The ugly:
  • DVBLink 4.5, I kept getting “Playready” errors with TV, multiple fixes including 2 complete OS re-installs and no joy .... last resort I reverted back to v3.2 and no more issues. There appears to be a lot of people encountering this looking at the DVBLogic forums.
  • Stuttering and pixelated pictures with Sky HD channels when they first switch for about 15 seconds or when skipping or rewinding, I held high hope for the Intel HD 4000 graphics, tried a few fixes and driver versions .... no joy. Banged in my trusty GT440, no more issues, so at the moment I will run with that until I can find a fix.
Currently those are my only 2 big grumbles, I still have a lot of tweaking to go and a few fixes ....

Create new topic
2514 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 541
Inactive user

  # 659348 20-Jul-2012 23:03
Send private message

When you new tV card arrives i would be interested in the hvr-4400 pcie card at the right price :)

Create new topic

Twitter and LinkedIn »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Dunedin selects Telensa to deliver smart street lighting for 15,000 LEDs
Posted 18-Jul-2019 10:21

Sprint announces a connected wallet card with built-in IoT support
Posted 18-Jul-2019 08:36

Educational tool developed at Otago makes international launch
Posted 17-Jul-2019 21:57

Symantec introduces cloud access security solution
Posted 17-Jul-2019 21:48

New Zealand government unveils new digital service to make business easier
Posted 16-Jul-2019 17:35

Scientists unveil image of quantum entanglement
Posted 13-Jul-2019 06:00

Hackers to be challenged at University of Waikato
Posted 12-Jul-2019 21:34

OPPO Reno Z now available in New Zealand
Posted 12-Jul-2019 21:28

Sony introduces WF-1000XM3 wireless headphones with noise cancellation
Posted 8-Jul-2019 16:56

Xero announces new smarter tools, push into the North American market
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:20

New report by Unisys shows New Zealanders want action by social platform companies and police to monitor social media sites
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:09

ASB adds Google Pay option to contactless payments
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:05

New Zealand PC Market declines on the back of high channel inventory, IDC reports
Posted 18-Jun-2019 17:35

Air New Zealand uses drones to inspect aircraft
Posted 17-Jun-2019 15:39

TCL Electronics launches its first-ever 8K TV
Posted 17-Jun-2019 15:18

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.