Think HD-DVD is Going to Make a Comeback? Now There's an HTPC for You

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lokis

Digital Video Recorder : Digital Video Recorder

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alloyking

 I think it'sinteresting that they are using an off the shelf Antec case.  It's a nice case and all.. I just would have expected something that I couldn't build myself

As for the CoreI7.  Yeah it's overkill, unless you want to use this HPC as a gaming machine as well.  Farcry2 on a sony 52" sounds cool.

 

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mojosico

i really do not think this is worth bringing up hddvd  didnt it lose to  blue-ray?? Blue-ray is  not really gaining that much traction anyways, and the format solution to replace disc's is already here . talk about beating a dead horse.

 

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gatorXXX

I think this thing will cost most people 3 paychecks.

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Peanut Fox

Wonder why they chose to go with an X-FI in a HTPC build.

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yogurt80

Just curious what youd prefer instead of an x-fi.  That's what I use in my HTPC, and I really like it.  Just wondering what you'd have gone with and why.

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Peanut Fox

There isn't anything wrong with an X-FI.  It's just in an HTPC build most would choose a card better suited for music and movies.  While an X-Fi Titanium will certainly get the job done, an Asus Xonar or HT Omega card would have been a better choice from an audio quality standpoint.  In short why use a gamer card for a non gaming machine?

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Keith E. Whisman

Can you really hear the difference anymore between high end sound cards? I would go with the Xfi super high end sound card that has all the extra doo dads because it is an HTPC and I want the most support I can get. 

Also the Xfi is like the only sound card that has it's own processor and uses dolby digital live for on the fly surround sound. Just what I want in an HTPC. 

Also CoreI7 is not overkill. This CPU has to do the processing work for 4x TV cards as well as the OS and all the programs you'll be using for ripping movies and converting AVI movies to DVD or H264 and other formats. You will be happy you do have an core I7. Any other CPU would be too little.

Really I would think that everyone would be bitching about it not using a CoreI7 CPU if it didn't come with one. See this is proof that everyone will bitch about anything. 

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Raiju

 This thing is way over-powered for what it is supposed to have been designed for. A HTPC should be low power which means less heat, which in turn leads to less cooling so it will not be so loud as to interfere with your movie watching. I use a power sipping AMD 4850E in the HTPC I built. With it's 45w power draw, a quality Zaleman cooler, and video and sound fed from the HDMI adapter on a ATI Radeon HD 4650 also with a fanless Zaleman heatsink, my box is whisper quiet. And it has a LG GBW-H20L so it can play Blu-Ray and HD-DVD.

 

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Lord Omega

 One word:

 

 

OVERKILL!!! You do not need a core i7 in that thing. Watching a blueray doesn't even use up 10%....

 

 

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mattyk1822

sorry, but you don't know what you're talking about.  Have you ever tried converting a 3 gig HDTV show (+8GB for 2hr movie) on something less than a quad core?  Apparelently not.  

TV tuners use some CPU cycles (although most have built in hardward mpg2 decoders), then there is processing the show for commercial skip (while the next show is recording), ripping/archiving dvd's, converting shows/movies for your ipod or for more reasonable file size...

Also, if you use an xbox or other media center extender, each one acts as another user connected to your pc with additional process running which can use up double digit cpu cycles when serving up HD content to my extenders even on my x4 9850.  

Quite & efficient has its place, but HTPC's aren't just sitting there reading a Blu-ray disc. Guess I'm kind of annoyed at so many commenters "overkill" mentality, and even MaxPC with their how stripped down of hardward can you put into your livingroom... wrong, wrong wrong.

In fact, I would argue the opposite.  Core i7 is overkill for gaming.  The frame rate incrase you get going from a Core 2 to i7 doesn't even compare to the increase in fps you get when encoding content to h264!!!

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Keith E. Whisman

it is a quad core with hyper threading and this will improve your movie ripping performance as well as the speed of ripping music.

These 4 tv cards use up cpu resources as well. TV cards usually rely on the CPU and sometimes the GPU for processing work. 

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