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 Post subject: What would you build for your main TV?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 9:28 am 
8086
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Hey guys. I just bought a plasma for the Rec room and I want a PC hooked up to it so that I can stream what I want to stream right to the TV, and maybe play a few low req steam games.

I already have my main gaming rig that plays GW2, BF4 ect, I don't need another rig for that, but it would be nice if it would play a few steam games like Terraria, and whatever.

It's main function however will just to play the TV shows and such that I currently stream while sitting at my computer desk.

Obviously I would need a card with HDMI out but.. how would you build it?

Edit: I guess I should state that I am trying to do this for as little as possible and I am not opposed to buying a pre-built machine if that is where the value is.


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 Post subject: Re: What would you build for your main TV?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 10:03 am 
Smithfield
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If this were me, I'd make it small as possible. Mostly so I can stick it in the entertainment center without a problem. As for the parts...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Celeron G1610 2.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($41.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Blue 250GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($42.44 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec ISK 300-150 Mini ITX Desktop Case w/150W Power Supply ($79.99 @ Mwave)
Total: $280.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-27 12:58 EST-0500)

This is the cheapest I could get it down to for the size. I did look at AMD's routes using an APU and for a bit more (tack on another $20 for the processor and another $40 for the mobo) but it gets you something with more decent graphics and a motherboard with 802.11ac WiFi included. I'd just slap on Linux and call it a day if all its doing is playing videos with the occasional low-end Steam game (I wouldn't try SteamOS until it's out of beta, since the beta will be expecting things).

The cheapest OEM computers though start in like the $300 range, and tend to be Xbox huge. Though this gem from Lenovo looks promising.


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 Post subject: Re: What would you build for your main TV?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:23 am 
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I was going to try an AMD build but if you want to use linux, then AMD drivers can be a pain sometimes.


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 Post subject: Re: What would you build for your main TV?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 5:08 pm 
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I just built this for my new TV: My old 27" CRT died after 11 years. I don't watch much TV so it is not that important, but when I upgrade, I upgrade. This led to my finding out the DVD player was dying on both remote signal acceptance and analog sound output. Man have those things gotten cheap! And my HTPC had a faulty MB and I haven't used it for the past year or so so update time on that. here are my notes from the build (hyperlinks stripped courtesy this board):


Samsung TV: 1920 x 1080, 49.5" diagonal
1080p
UN50F6300 -- F-ing WOW!!!! BTW Everyone who sees this is blown away by its rez, and I am blown away by the DVD 480p up-rezed to 1080p. Pores and blades of grass everywhere.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6815706005
Ceton InfiniTV 6 PCIe - 5205-DCT06IN-PCIE - Six-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface
6.6" long LP PCIe x1 card
http://cetoncorp.com/infinitv_support/faq/

goals: dual core > 3GHz, 8Gb DDR3, 7200RPM HDD Hardware video decoding and HDCP support required

Thoughts: I decided I wanted two 5.25" external bays more than sleek HPTC styling. I have a 128Gb Samsung EVO SSD and a BD reader I tossed in from the old HTPC. I do not game. Serious cables from Monoprice.

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SeaSonic S12G-450 450W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Active PFC Power Supply, Intel Haswell Ready
Item #: N82E16817151139
Iron Egg Guarantee Return Policy

$69.99
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GIGABYTE GV-R645-1GI REV2.0 Radeon HD 6450 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
Item #: N82E16814125472
Iron Egg Guarantee Return Policy
Gigabyte (626)-854-9338 option 4 www.giga-byte.com

$39.99
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GIGABYTE GA-H81M-HD3 LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128662
Standard Return Policy
Gigabyte (626)-854-9338 option 4 www.giga-byte.com

$67.99
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Intel Pentium G3220 Haswell 3.0GHz LGA 1150 54W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646G3220
Item #: N82E16819116950
CPU Replacement Only Return Policy

$69.99
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SilverStone Sugo Series SG02B-F-USB3.0 ABS / SECC Steel MicroATX Desktop Computer Case with 2 x USB3.0 ports (Black)
Item #: N82E16811163206
Standard Return Policy

$69.99
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Seagate Barracuda STBD2000101 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Retail kit
Item #: N82E16822148910
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This item is serviced by the SeaGate. Please call 800 -732-4283 for service.

$179.98
($89.99 ea)
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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
Item #: N82E16820231445
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$57.99
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Order Total $563.81


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 Post subject: Re: What would you build for your main TV?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 7:43 am 
8086
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I'm now thinking of buying a form factor PC.

I don't like the idea of limiting what I can do on it. I know that as soon as I buy something less I am going to want to do something more with it.

I was looking at those Alienware X51 or whatever, I am wondering what limitations I am going to have funning an Nvdiea GTX 645? In my main rig right now I am running a 670.

I know Alienware is a bit over priced but the thing is I live in Canada and I can get Dell to ship to me for free, so that is a big value when shipping a PC.

Does anyone have any other recomendations?


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 Post subject: Re: What would you build for your main TV?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 8:39 am 
Smithfield
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Performance is easily less than a third.

However, I haven't really found a need for a PC for TV use. All I have to do on my main machine is fire up PS3 Media Server and use the PS3, or any other DLNA enabled device.


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 Post subject: Re: What would you build for your main TV?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:24 am 
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I'm a no console guy. :)


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 Post subject: Re: What would you build for your main TV?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:17 am 
Smithfield
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Well, Intel's GPUs at least near the lower end, are about as good as a 7800 GTX/X1800 now. And there's no point in getting a dedicated GPU anyway for simple stuff.


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