After having browsed through these Freeview/HTPC/Windows 7 forums for a while now and reading all the grief and successes people have had, I’ve decided to upgrade my old HTPC to the following Spec:
-Intel e5200 CPU
-ASUS P5N7A-VM mATX motherboard (nvidia 9300 IGP) to be imported thru computer lounge
-Kingston HyperX 4GB 4-4-4-12 RAM
-Some Hauppage DVB-T card
-Windows 7 RC1 7100
I would intend to use this setup predominantly for playing divx videos, watching freeview HD, burning DVDs, listening to music, web browsing. No times for games anymore… unless Diablo 3 ever comes out.
I’ll use my old Coolermaster Cavalier TA02 case albeit with some new, quieter cooling fans – especially the 60mm ones for the PSU.
I’ve tossed up for ages over this and ATI based systems (7750BE CPU) with either 780G or 8200/8300 IGP. Although it seems people had problems with these in the past, especially interlaced, it sounds like they’re running alright now. However in the end the thermal efficiency of the Intel CPU and at the compatibility of the 9300 IGP made my decision. I also considered a P43 board with a 4350 or 9400GT discrete card but the 9300 IGP solution seems much more elegant, certainly not cheaper.
I see DSE are currently clearing the Hauppauge HVR-1110 card incl. MCE remote for $99 so I’ll probably pick one of them up unless someone recommends otherwise. Alternatively I’ll look at what is the next cheapest with a MCE remote.
Many thanks to the people who have reported success or no with their systems and hopefully I can give some feedback from mine once all up and running.
Luckily this time I will have my trusty Aspire One while the main PC is in pieces!