Hi all, Im just looking for a critique of my proposed HTPC. It will be mainly for watching and recording Freeview, as well as dvd's and downloaded (legally) videos. I am tying to keep it on the cheap, so I am scrounging parts from old pc's, hence the $0 price for some parts. The system will always be on as it will also act as a media and general file server . I will be aiming to use media portal on it so that I can connect to the tv-server from elsewhere in the home but software reccomendations are welcome provided they allow this feature also. As a base it will be running win xp pro 32bit.
I will initially be running it into a tv with only a d-sub or component, but will be getting a HDMI HD tv soon so it needs to be able to push out a great quality picture at full HD with the possibility of a Blueray drive upgrade later.
I will not be worrying too much about noise at this stage as im just looking to get something cheap and quick. I am using the Hauppauge4000 as I already use it im my gaming PC so i know it works and the remote is easy to program.
Motherboard GA-MA78GM-S2H $144
CPU AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200 $85
Ram 2x1gb DDR2 400 $0
Hdd (2xs egate 320gb) $0
TV Tuner Hauppauge WinTV HVR 4000 $0
DVD reader generic $30
Foxconn TLM-454 Case with 300w PSU $75
any advice is greatly appreciated, I have been reading that nvidia is better for h.264 acceleration. The above motherboard is an ati 780g with onboard HD3200, and HDMI. If anyone can make a reccomendation for a nvidia equlivant and provide a guide to h.264 hardware acceleration it would be great.
Thanks for any advice,