I’m looking at building a new HTPC. In my current system (old) using the 2210 TV Tuner, HD channels stutter and breakup making them unwatchable.
I’m thinking of a mATX build. I’d like it quiet so anything to get rid of unnecessary heat is a good thing. Therefore I’m thinking of ditching a discrete graphics card.
I’m thinking either G620 or the 2100/2105.
I’ve been trawling the net for days looking at recommendations, but haven’t found any definitive answers. I bounce between a CPU with on-board GPU, back to a cheap CPU with discrete graphics every other article/forum I read.
What I really want to know is will these CPUs handle, de-interlacing live HD TV, recording HD TV, and/or recording however many channels is possible (last night I had 4 SD channels recording while watching one of those live) and watching a 1080p video off the local drive?
I know you can’t give guarantees or anything, but if anyone has experience with a similar build not using a graphics card AND watches TV I’d love to hear from you.
What I’ve noticed on forums is that everyone says “oh you only need an old P4 to play movies blah blah blah” but they don’t talk about de-interlacing live HD TV and recording TV etc.
Also I’ve heard about the i3 24.97 (or whatever it is) bug/glitch. What are your thoughts on this? Does anyone with this hardware notice it or does it bug you?
Also noticed they are not that many HTPC cases available in NZ, which is understandable…the HTPC market is not exactly booming let alone little old NZ. I’ve been looking at the Silver Stone ML03B which is about $130.