Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | 2 

7 posts

Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 288170 8-Jan-2010 15:18
Send private message

Thanks kiwijunglist. I'll check on the TDP of the processor. I won't need a tv Tuner as I'm going with the Homerun HD external tuner.

I originally used the external Soundblaster for providing quality audio from a laptop to my amp. I probably won't use it for the HTPC which will replace the laptop for music in the lounge/TV room. My speakers are not good enough for HD Audio but I might plan for this in future if I want to become an audiophile. :-)


41 posts

+1 received by user: 1

  Reply # 288181 8-Jan-2010 15:44
Send private message

Would an XBOX 360 as a media extender work?
I have tried it briefly with my windows 7 PC and appeared to work OK.
You can get a Xbox 360 for $350 and is small and quiet.

2658 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 92

  Reply # 288182 8-Jan-2010 15:45
Send private message

AFAIK xbox360 can't do live tv.

HTPC: Intel i3-2100 / 12GB RAM / AMD HD7750 / 480 GB SSD / 58TB Storage / MediaPortal / MadVR / Win10
AVR: Pioneer Elite SC-LX87 220W 9.2 Ch AVR
Speakers: Wharfedale Jade 7 Fronts / Jade 2c Center / Jade 5 Rears
Subs: iNuke 3000dsp 3000W proamp with 4x 15" JBL Sealed Subs
Display: Samsung 60" UA60H6400 LCD TV
Accessories: Gefen HDMI Detective with splitter


41 posts

+1 received by user: 1

  Reply # 288199 8-Jan-2010 16:08
Send private message

kiwijunglist: AFAIK xbox360 can't do live tv.

I have a tuner card in my Win 7 PC which can be watched and recored via the 360.
This thread had the set I was thinking about

7 posts

Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 288215 8-Jan-2010 16:32
Send private message

I thought long and hard about this as an option. I'll definitely use an Xbox360 elsewhere in the house but for my main media centre I wanted the extra flexibility a HTPC will give me.

81 posts

Master Geek

  Reply # 288380 9-Jan-2010 10:51
Send private message

Hi TechAddict

I have the Antec Minuit case you mentioned... it's good. My first build was an old P4 3Ghz with an Intel G45 onboard graphics but that struggled with TV3, so I upgraded to the video card. It was not easy finding a half-height video card! I can't remember what one I used in the end but I think it's an ATI 5150 or something (not at home at the moment), and that did the job. I've since upgraded the CPU to a Core 2 Duo something and it handles the old games I play on it fine (Flight Sim X, Grid, Trackmania).

Hmm I should add my system specs to my sig.

Regarding my case, it's quite sexy. To me it still looks like a PC case but a lot of people ask me where my computer is when I show them Windows 7 on my TV, even though the case is staring them in the face.

If the TV is off and the lounge is quiet I can hear a slight fan noise when it's on and when it accesses the disk. But if you're watching TV at even a low volume then this noise isn't noticeable.

Me, if I were gonna build one again I'd probably get one of those Dell Zino tiny PCs.


1 | 2 
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Hawaiki Transpacific cable ready-for-service
Posted 20-Jul-2018 11:29

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central launches
Posted 10-Jul-2018 10:40

Spark completes first milestone in voice platform upgrade
Posted 10-Jul-2018 09:36

Microsoft ices heated developers
Posted 6-Jul-2018 20:16

PB Technologies charged for its extended warranties and warned for bait advertising
Posted 3-Jul-2018 15:45

Almost 20,000 people claim credits from Spark
Posted 29-Jun-2018 10:40

Cove sells NZ's first insurance policy via chatbot
Posted 25-Jun-2018 10:04

N4L helping TAKA Trust bridge the digital divide for Lower Hutt students
Posted 18-Jun-2018 13:08

Winners Announced for 2018 CIO Awards
Posted 18-Jun-2018 13:03

Logitech Rally sets new standard for USB-connected video conference cameras
Posted 18-Jun-2018 09:27

Russell Stanners steps down as Vodafone NZ CEO
Posted 12-Jun-2018 09:13

Intergen recognised as 2018 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year for New Zealand
Posted 12-Jun-2018 08:00

Finalists Announced For Microsoft NZ Partner Awards
Posted 6-Jun-2018 15:12

Vocus Group and Vodafone announce joint venture to accelerate fibre innovation
Posted 5-Jun-2018 10:52 to launch Kogan Mobile in New Zealand
Posted 4-Jun-2018 14:34

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.