I've been lurking here for a couple of weeks and this is my first post.
I want to build a FreeviewHD & (later) Bluray HTPC. I plan on starting out slow and building it up as my time & budget allow. I currently have a 37" Samsung TV (1080p) with a FreeviewHD settop box, but I want to move to an HTPC to allow recording, timeshifting and to archive all my DVDs.
For me the most important features are noise (quiet), power usage (low), and size (not too heavy or big - I may move overseas so will take the HTPC with me).
Today I made my first decision and bought my case; I bought an Antec Minuet 350. I looked long and hard at the Antec Fusion but decided it was a bit too big and a bit too heavy, and I got sold on the Minuet's www.80plus.org sticker on the box of the case. Not sure if that's just marketing or means something. I paid $150 from XP computers in Newmarket.
When I get a TV card I'll get a Hauppauge 2200 as that seems to be the most recommended card around here.
Question: if I record analogue TV (e.g. Prime) using this card, does the card have hardware encoding? MPEG2 or MPEG4? Or will the CPU do that?
So my next step is the motherboard. Intel or AMD I don't care, whichever is quietest and uses the least electricity. I figure that since noise and power usage are important I'm better off with a motherboard with decent enough integrated graphics. Will I need something with H264 or will the Hauppauge take care of that? Or should I just get a grunty CPU? Or not worry about the integrated graphics and buy a good enough video card. Again, please bear in mind fan noise and power usage requirements.
Thanks for your advice.