Velocity Micro Wants You to Adopt a Raptor HTPC For Your Living Room

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PSheaOSB

I haven't seen anything to answer this question. I have a PC that I want to use as a HTPC. I expect to purchase a Ceton Tuner Card and a GPU for a person who is not a gamer and just wants the HDMI to support 3D if possible. But does the unit require a sound card? If so how do I get it to use the HDMI output? I asked Creative if any of their soundcards had bitstream out to connect to a GPU and they don't. I want the same kind of Audio that my other Home Theatre components have .. i.e., HDMI 1.4b and the ability to output bitstream audio at the very least because my Onkyo Home Theatre recieiver would decode it into the proper surround format. My 2 3D BD players do not have any Dolby Digital trademark images on the front but my Cable TV Set Top Box does. To put it short, I understand how to add HDMI video but I am clueless as to output bitstream audio from HDMI. Thanks in advance.

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froggz

This seems both overpowered for an HTPC and underpowered for a gaming system for the amount of money they want. If they would have marketed this as a mid level gaming machine that oh by the way it also serves as a DVR/Bluray player/ROKU/Media Player and replaces your crappy cable box then maybe the sticker price shock wouldn't be as bad. Personally I would have gone with a much cheaper motherboard, save money on the processor, less expensive case and stick all the savings into a better gaming card or better remote control that actually controls all your components with a Ceton 4 tuner card. Also that keyboard has to go. There is no way that thing passes the wife test in a living room. Speaking of wife test, this thing needs to boot up as fast as possible, so an SSD drive needs to be part of the equation, especially with Windows Media Center crashing every other day.

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TrollBot5000

Ok heres what I put together If I were going to build one of these.

Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 I don't see the point of the 3570k if it isn't overclocked.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive 1 TB wouldn't be enough for me.

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) for windows7 xbmcbuntu dualboot

EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2662-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC ... 850w seems a little overkill

IOGEAR GKM561R Black 2.4GHz Wireless HTPC Multimedia Keyboard with Laser Trackball and Scroll Wheel

Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB Port / Extra Silver Face Plate 40 in 1 should be enough right?

ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS don't need thunderbolt so the -v version is just fine

motherboard comes with free CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10

AZiO BTD-V201 Micro Bluetooth Adapter USB 2.0

ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler i prefer zalman to arctic cooling

ASUS Black Blu-ray Burner SATA BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS

APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case seems okay to me

grand total $1,206. the wishlist isn't showing up just yet under public.

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TrollBot5000

another instance of commenters mirroring my thoughts. specs aren't too shabby but for 1800 bucks?? nahhhhhh. only benefit an htpc really offers is theyre a bit more aesthetically pleasing than say in my case a laptop hooked up to a monitor with a bunch of cable mess behind it. i'll get back to this article after making a wishlist on newegg and see what it would cost to build this rig. I thought about building a htpc just for the experience of building a small ITX type but I just can't bring myself to bother with it. just not enough motivation. my laptop is just all the htpc I need.

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PCLinuxguy

Agreed. The one I built is almost a clone of the 3D Blue Ray HTPC they did quite a while back. The only thing I've done is upgraded from the Phenom cpu and zotac gpu to a newer board with an AMD Trinity APU setup instead for lower power consumption and I didn't need the low end discrete gpu anymore since the A10's graphics work just fine for me. And i bumped it from 4 gig of ram to 16 gig to aid the IGP of the chip and to make it snappier along with a Samsung SSD for Windows 7.

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devereauxx

i think every one is forgetting that its called maximum pc for a reason. this is a maximum htpc but for the readers here this is more of a bluprint or rough sketch of what we would build on our own. the writers know us informed geeks wont go spending hard earned money on this when we could build our own rigs, but VM buys ad spage in the mag and so we get content sometimes thats more ad than article. in the end its a sexy machine but ill stick with homebuilt and functional over sexy and expensive. now if megan fox does her own dishes than i might have to rethink these thoughts...

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Gezzer

In my personal opinion this is a very niche' market item.
Anyone who's a real tech geek, if he/she doesn't sell/give away their current system when they do a full or close to full upgrade they simply find another use for it.
The file server in the closet, gaming system from 2003.
The HTPC in the living room, gaming system from 2006
The HTPC in the bedroom, my last gaming system.
All the two HTPCs cost me was the cost of a new case and PSU since I reuse those.
Anyone who isn't a tech geek will look at the price and get sticker shock. I'd say the majority of buyers will be the ones with money to burn and a total lack of caring that that's what their doing. lol

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iplayoneasy

When it comes to watching Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon on demand, while also having a casual gaming machine, along with and easy interface wireless remote, have a small form factor, be quiet, and having it all for only $300 .....PS3? Sorry. For this part of my house it always made sense to me.

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DR_JDUBZ

at 1800$ its a piece of shit, better off building pc's ourselves

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Gauntylgrym

That price is easily double what it costs to BYO. Just ludicrous. I just bought parts for my wife's content creation PC with a better CPU and double the RAM (32GB) and same GPU for $900 less than that thing. Geez...

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KenLV

"That price is easily double what it costs to BYO"

That'd be $925. Not a chance. Unless you're a wholesaler. While I agree that you can do better BYO, and said so previously, it's not like they are raking you over the coals here on pricing either.

I too recently built a new system and current retail pricing on those components at say Newegg is going to be right around $1400. That MB, CPU and cooler combo already has you over $500.

While for most readers of MaxPC this is an easy and fun DYI project, the extra $400-$450 is worth it to many folks just looking for a HTPC and not a project. That extra money gets them peace of mind and a warranty - not to mention someone else putting it together.

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PCLinuxguy

Agreed KenLV, The specs are closer to a gaming rig that moonlights as a HTPC on it's days off rather than the other way around. I put together a couple systems like that on Newegg to show a friend of mine what he was wanting me to build for him a bit easier and it was about $1,200 - $1,400, but that's also with highly rated components. You get what you pay for. :-)

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KenLV

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