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#1 of 4 Razz2o4

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Posted January 18 2011 - 03:20 PM

I am looking to build a HTPC to back up all my BR 's.  I have a daughter that reaks havoc on them.  There is a list below of what I have speced out so far as a build, but am open to opinions.  Also, with what I spec out, will I have any audio loss?  I woudl like to keep it just as if I was watching it on a BR player.  I would be using MakeMKV as my software, but unsure what to use as a player.  Will be using Win 7 as an OS.  I am new to this and like I said, I'm open to anything.


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#2 of 4 mattCR

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Posted January 19 2011 - 03:20 AM

Advice:   Change your post slightly, to say that you are storing your own personal home movies, and then take this advice.


First, a HTPC that will store HighDef content by the bundle is something that is hard to do with 1 or 2 1TB HDD.  1TB will hold roughly 20-40 HOURS worth of full, 1080P AVC compressed content at high bitrate.  Your board and chip combo are good; realize that the 880G cannot output either bitstream HD audio or 8channel LPCM.  It also doesn't have the teeth for full hardware acceleration quietly.   So, plan on adding something like an ATI5450, or 6xxx or 5xxx series card, which will allow for LPCM and HD-Bitstream audio.  Right now, I'm finding 2TB HDD at less then $70, so a pair (4TB) is not a bad move. 

Second, grab hold of something like MediaBrowser: http://www.mediabrowser.tv/ which will help you organize your content in a much more fluid way.  You can see my review here, in the review sections.


Third, even if you don't think you'll use it, you might consider a  QAM/HD tuner.  You can get ATI's dual tuner for about $50, others for slightly more.   Why do it?   Because adding a tuner gives you that option of clearQAM from cable or over-the-air, but it also enables Win7MC to  turn on all the playready functions for TV, distribution, etc.   And some of those are quite slick.


Good hunting!  :)


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#3 of 4 Razz2o4

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Posted January 19 2011 - 12:54 PM

Matt,

  Would I be better chosing a different MB, or just stick with that and add a Vid card?



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Posted January 19 2011 - 02:35 PM

If you're on the AMD side, it's a good board to start with; combine it with a 5450 and call it good.  You can get that board and card for less then $100; while the Intel i3 platform (and new 1155 platform) will do HD audio LPCM + Bitstream, they don't do 24p correctly, and I find the color isn't very good.. but that's me.  In the end, if you're going to do it, do what you like.. your price difference will not be big.



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