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HTPC Upgrade - Enabling Full HD


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Hi All,

Just thought I would start up a little thread for my HTPC. For the last ~9 months I have been happily been running a Vista media centre and it has been doing the job nicely. I have recently got myself a very nice picture frame 40" 1080P LCD tv, and I now want to get my htpc fully up to spec.
I will also be building a low powered htpc for basically extender duties as it will cost me less than a stand alone extender with built in dvd (and the xbox 360 is a wee bit noisy) plus having wider video playback support will be nice.

Hardware wise it’s a bit of a mixed bag:


Case: Zalman HD160 Plus
Ram: 2 Gig
GFX Card – Ati 2600XT
7.1 speakers

Not Sure

Processor – might get changed current E6550

Going to get

Sound Card – ASUS HDAV1.3
Optical Drive – Most likely the LG HD DVD/ Bluray combo
Keyboard and mouse – Now its running at a nice screen res I fancy the new Logitech handheld keyboard thingy
Motherboard – Currently running a micro atx board and will need a bigger one for the new sound card – the gigabyte p43/p45 look nice

Any other suggestions? Was thinking about getting the black gold dual S2 tuner card so I can get BBC/ITV HD but may wait on that as I need a to fit a satellite dish


OSNN.net Adventurer
Defiantly :)
the Asus sound card comes with a full version of ArcSoft TotalMedia™ Theatre too which is nice helps offset the crazy £220 price of the sound card!

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