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keith_h
Posted: Dec 29 2011, 05:12 PM
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Another first build thread.

I'm primarily looking to build a pvr. I have been prototyping/testing hardware and software on a clunker here and settled on Win7 64/WMC, Nvidea GT520 for video (stable and reliable), Leadtek DTV2000DS dual digital tuner.

I tried a lot of media software but the lack of epg for this region meant WMC was the winner. It works well enough in any case.

The next step is to transfer to a dedicated system which is where I am seeking guidance.

I am considering the following processor: Intel Core i3 2100 3.10Ghz 3MB Cache LGA1155 CPU

Does it have sufficient grunt? I am interested in ensuring responsiveeness for accessing the EPG and changing channels and such. The development machine is an antique and is a little slow on driving the WMC.

Other hardware:

G Skill 4G(2x2G) DDR3 1600Mhz PC12800
Intel Core i3 2100 3.10Ghz 3MB Cache LGA1155 CPU << tbd
Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA1155 Z68 DDR3/1333 PCI-Ex16 SATA3 SATA2

Silverstone LC16S-MR Silver ATX HTCP
Antec ATX EarthWatts 430W green

I have a harmony remote which I'll program up for WMC at some point but the case comes with a remote. Should be good but I want to ensure I get sufficient horsepower in the CPU.

TIA

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Posted: Dec 29 2011, 10:35 PM
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Seems to me that the i3 should have plenty for what you described. Unless you are planning on doing heavy duty transcoding or something like that, then i would go with a 2500 or a 2500k that you can overclock.

Have fun with your new build. The cpu should not be taxed at all for tv data or epg info.

Where is it that you can not get good epg data?? Is it in the US? If it is in the US there should be some good data available. :)


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WHS 2011, 8g ddr3 ram, i5 650 cpu, GA-H55M-UDH2 MoBo, Sapphire 5670 gpu 1g ddr5, 16TB Storage (My Movies Server)
WHS 2011 8g ddr3 ram, i3 2100, Asus P8P67-MPRO MoBo, 2 Hauppauge 1250 tuners, 4TB Storage(Sagetv Server)
(2) Hauppuage 1212 HD PVRs hooked to HTPC
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keith_h
Posted: Dec 30 2011, 01:12 AM
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Thanks for the update on the i3, I'll order in the new year. I'll document the build as well if anyone is interested.

I am in Australia. Only WMC has an EPG here and the various scrapers don't work especially well for the other media players/software.



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keith_h
Posted: Dec 30 2011, 05:57 PM
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Here's the mule.

(IMG:http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/392061_2893897275674_1507573815_2924952_932988544_n.jpg)

Its a semperon 4800 with about 2G ram, CD hence the DVD sitting in the back there for loading Windows. Installed is the Leadtek DVT2000 tuner card with the wireless and vid cards in the bottom of the case. Driver issues prevented the PC from booting with video initially so this is while I was sorting that out.

It runs just fine albeit a little leisurely. Its had Media portal, XBMC and a few other things besides running up to the point I decided WMC was the way for me to go. It had the dreaded WMC black screen which occurred after I updated the video card drivers. Rolling them back solved that issue.

On the network side G wireless is useless for moving big files about but OK for streaming so I am going to have to wire some ethernet ports into where this box will go. I have a gigabit switch in the LAN for this purpose and a Synology NAS as well. The old NAS hard drive is on the the test system at the moment.

(IMG:http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/396453_2893897955691_1507573815_2924953_1676067097_n.jpg)

(IMG:http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/392698_2776834069167_1507573815_2882016_365217754_n.jpg)

Just on the network which is something hardly ever discussed, I've got a dedicated gateway server (router, firewall, edge security, reporting etc) which has massive throughput. Ridiculous for home but works well. In the top pic is the UPS, also oversized for home use.

In the bottom pic you can see the gigabit switch, voip gateway, WAP and NAS with the old UPS underneath.

I'm a couple of weeks away from upgrading to a proper dedicated HTPC but I'll post pics and such when I do.
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Posted: Jan 6 2012, 03:11 PM
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Cool stuff dude.

Can't wait to see pics and more important, how the build and resultant HTPC comes out.

Now I understand about the lack of EPG data now that I see you live in Australia. I have seen others complain about lack of EPG data there.

I know that a HTPC does not need to be a powerhouse, but it depends on the purpose you have for it. Building a green low power consumption unit makes plenty of sense if all you want to do is feed a TV or Projector Blu-ray or play data from NAS or Server somewhere else on the network or attached to the HTPC. If you are like me and want to play with things then a more robust unit is needed and the i3 will fit that bill.

Good luck.


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W7(64) HTPC 16g ddr3 ram, i5 2500k cpu, GA-Z68XP-UD4 MoBo, Gigabyte 6770 gpu 1g ddr5, 2 Hauppauge 1250 tuners 6TB Storage, nMediaPC 5000B case, 2 Dual Silicon Dust HD HomeRun network tuners
WHS 2011, 8g ddr3 ram, i5 650 cpu, GA-H55M-UDH2 MoBo, Sapphire 5670 gpu 1g ddr5, 16TB Storage (My Movies Server)
WHS 2011 8g ddr3 ram, i3 2100, Asus P8P67-MPRO MoBo, 2 Hauppauge 1250 tuners, 4TB Storage(Sagetv Server)
(2) Hauppuage 1212 HD PVRs hooked to HTPC
2 (SageTV HD300)
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Posted: Feb 26 2012, 04:23 AM
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