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I want to build my own Media Center PC/Digital DVD database/DVR/server etc...

Discussion in 'Other video questions' started by kevin1024, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. kevin1024

    kevin1024 Member

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    I have been playing with the idea of making a media center pc/dvr for quite sometime now and i've decided to go forth with it and was hoping to get some advice.

    I am fairly familiar with backing up my current DVD's using DVD Decrypt/Fab Decrypt, and DVD Shrink. So I'd like to get a few large capacity hard drives ~500gb range and back up many of my more watched DVD's onto it so i can simply browse over to the preloaded files rather than get up and hunt through my DVDs. I was thinking of going with Divx for this, but would like to know what you all think would be best.

    I also was wondering what kind of interface would be best for accessing these files? I of course could simply browse to them, but i think it would be really cool if i could simply open up some form of graphical database (i'm not very DB proficient so this will be a big undertaking for me) that i can browse by title, category etc... So any advice here would be much obliged.

    I also want to use this as a basic Tivo/DVR device. Anyone have suggestions for the software and pci card? I was thinking about Corel's Home Theater 2: http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satellite/us/en/Product/1177441133768

    Also, I will need a new media center computer case, but i don't want to break the bank on this one. Any good suggestions hear will be appreciated too.

    Thanks in advance for your help.
     
  2. tripplite

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    its called Coollector and we have been raving about it recently
    http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/456031
    download from its site- http://www.coollector.com/



    computer towers- http://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-VA8000BWS-MicroATX-ExtendATX-Transparent/dp/B0007TFLO4




    I suggest a computer that has SATA connection, so that there is a fast file transfer rate, hard drive internal either a seagate of WD, and for external hard drives i only suggest WD, fire wire and usb2 is must have, no less then 4 pci slots, not including your usps cooling fan but 2-3 fans for your cpu and a.......
     
  3. _Hector

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    Hello, I'm the author of Coollector.

    I'd like to precise that Coollector can't play a file on your disk. At least, not yet... But it's a feature super easy to add ! Right now, I'm entirely focused on the new database, but I promise that I will add this functionality before Christmas (that is, if you've been a good boy this year ;)
     
  4. kevin1024

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    I'm thinking of using Linux Media center pc edition. Anyone use this?
     

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