Is now a good time to build a HTPC

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  1. meduk1

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    Hi, I was thinking of getting the new popcornhour when it comes out and found this subforum in my searching. Never really considered a HTPC before but it does seem interesting, although would certainly cost more.

    Not knowing much about the various hardware involved apart from what I've read in the sticky is now a good time to buy - or is there any new technology coming out thats worth waiting for like Ion etc?
     
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    There is always new tech coming out on pcs. It is however a good time to buy as there are price wars going on with hardware developers and prices are low.

    You can build a media htpc very cheaply these days which will play all formats with no problems. :)
     
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    Instead of getting a Popcorn Hour I am thinking of building myself an Atom based PC to use an HTPC, probably cost about £300 - £400.
     
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    Any reason why atom?
     
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    I just want something that was small and low power consumption that I can leave on 24/7.
     
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    Atoms are very underpowered cpu's you would be better looking at another solution especially if you want 1080p HD.
     
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    Don't go Atom, you need a dual core to play Blurays and even if you don't want Blurays, you might some day. That AMD one mentioned above is quiet good and has low power consumption.
     
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    That board looks decent, I was looking at this one:

    Zotac ION Motherboard with Intel Atom N330 Dual Core Wi-Fi Mini-ITX Motherboard ( with 90w PSU ) - Ebuyer

    A bit pricey but should do the job from the reviews I read.
     
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    What the AMD version has over the Intel.
    1. PCI-E slot for TV card etc.
    2. 7.1 audio out.
    3. Optical out.
    4. Co-ax out
    5. E-Sata out for high speed external drive.

    What ever you do look here LinITX.com - Motherboards for a great selection of MBoards. Also before taking the plunge just think through.
    1. What it must do (TV, HDMI etc etc)
    2. Remember wi-fi can be too slow so do you need it (Needs to be V,Good to great for 1080p streaming).
    3. Choice of processors.
    4. Expansion, both internal and rear
    5. What is it going to connect to and how. Optical audio?, Direct 7.1? etc etc.
     
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    The AMD board is decent both boards have optical and co-ax output aswell as e-sata. The Intel only has 6 channel output and no PCI-Express slot.

    Thanks for the website link I will take a look.
     
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    An Atom processor will choke with HD content , thats not their purpose and it wont work.

    They are intended for small mobile devices , it is not a good choice for a HTPC.

    If you want a PC that can be left on 24/7 with low power consumption look into buying parts ( specifically motherboards ) that are S3 compatible.

    http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-6185330.html

    Quote from the above

     
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