I'm looking into building a full HTPC system. It won't be used for anything else bar watching TV, streaming media from a local server and providing PVR functionality.
We recently installed a UHF aerial, cancelled our sky subscription and went Freeview DVB-T. Loving it - but hating the lack of control, slow MHEG-5 listings and sub-par chinese built interface (Not dissing the eXtra terrerstrial's picture quality at all.. :))
I want a pretty interface. I central one stop shop for my media needs (except blu-ray), inclusive of our TV watching. I want PVR-like functionality. That being timeshifting, ad-skipping (nice to have) and recording functionality.
It needs to look like an A/V component, not a PC - and should be quiet.
Sony 46" X Series.
eXtra Terrestrial DVB-T receiver via HDMI.
Sony PS3 via HDMI, this currently serves our media streaming (via my DLNA server) and blu-ray needs - and does it well!
XBox 360, first gen via Component.
Logtiech harmony 525 remote control.
- Antec Veris Fusion v2 M-ATX Home Theatre Case, 430W PSU, Silver
- Asus P5KPL-CM Motherboard, Socket 775, 1066MHz FSB, 2xDIMM DDR2, PCIe-16, 2xPCI, 1xPCIe-1, 8xUSB2, Audio, Video, M-ATX
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0 GHz, 1333MHz FSB, Socket 775, Retail pack with fan
- Kingston HyperX 2GB 1066MHz DDR2 DIMM (Kit of 2) Non-ECC CL5 (5-5-5-15)
- Hauppauge WinTV HVR 2200 TV Tuner, FM Radio, Internal, PCIe
- Asus EN8600GT SILENT/HTDP/512M Video Card, GeForce 8600 GT, 512MB, DDR3, PCIe-16, TV out, DVI, HDTV
I will probably run Media Portal or GBPVR based on the discussions I've seen around here.
Is this too grunty? Could I spend way less and still get something that does the job well?
Also - I notice my suggested case doesn't come with any IR equipment. Does the HVR 2200 come with this? How is this usually dealt with?
Thanks in advance all!!