First time builder…
August 6, 2013 at 3:46 pm #26794
Alright, so I have been building computers for awhile. Mainly for gaming. Well, I’m bored with that now.
I just got my first house, so I am wanting to tech it out a little bit. Where is the best place to start when it comes to HTPC? (im pretty much clueless) I plan on having friend come over often, and would like an awesome home theater, without the hassel of needing a DVD or blueray player.
I would like to burn all of my DVDs onto my new build, and have it on a play list so I dont have to jump around to load new disc. I want awesome sound cards and HD going straight into the TV w/ surround sound and all of that, possibly even a projector for special ocassions.
I stumbled across this site while looking up some more information, so it is possible that by the time I get a reply, I may have found some answers. But either way, I hope to learn some information from here and build an awesome setup! My budget will probably be around $1000 , because like I said, I just got my first place so need to conserve money!August 13, 2013 at 12:23 am #33017lithium630
There are a lot of good sites.
Your budget is pretty high for an htpc, so I wouldn’t worry about that. I would start very simple. You shouldn’t need a sound card, or even a video card if you get a good motherboard (unless you are gaming also). Extra parts add heat and noise. Noise is a big deal if your PC is going to be in the livingroom. Take care to get quiet, good quality fans. For your budget you could add a cablecard tuner and ditch the crappy cable company dvrs.August 13, 2013 at 8:58 am #33018babgvant
Simple system would be a Haswell i5, 8GB RAM, 90-128GB SSD, and a couple large hard drives. As mentioned, adding a DCT is well within your budget.
If you don’t plan on gaming with the system, that will be more than enough.September 28, 2018 at 5:52 am #119143VinMikeParticipant
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