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Building HTPC Help

Discussion in 'Home Theater PC' started by tctmr2, Jan 18, 2007.

  1. tctmr2

    tctmr2 Member

    Jan 18, 2007
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    I am starting my home theater pc and have a few questions. I hope to get input from others out there on things they have EXPERIENCED personally or have done extensive research on. Also I hope to provide help to others with what I have learned and how my system works out. Here is where I am at so far.

    Running HDTV (soon to be HD Projector)and DVI Monitor w/ logitech wireless keyboard and mouse. anyone know of a good rack to use by couch for keyboard and mouse instead of using my lap and couch cushion? Im lazy and no longer use a desk at all. Monitor sits next to comfy couch! :)

    Just bought new Gigabyte MB and CORE 2 2.13 CPU w/ 1GB MEM and 500gb Western Digital SATA II.

    I am about to place an order for an ASUS EN7600 GT Video card.
    I have only found a few cards that support HDMI vs. composite HDTV
    out and this is only one with a. good reviews and b. accompaniedby
    a DVI output vs VGA. Unfortunately these cards only come as high
    256 mb but I'm not really a big gamer so no big deal. (I do hope
    to be able to play Diablo with good res on my tv or projector)
    If anyone has experience with this card or similar, plz let me
    what you have found.

    Next thing I need is a sound card.
    I want to run full 7.1 surround to my existing Denon receiver.
    I have heard conflicting reviews of cards out there that they
    don't work well when meshing with home theater receivers vs
    pc surround systems. Is anyone currently running 7.1 card
    directly to 7.1 home theater receiver without any static, crackle
    or otherwise negative results? If so, what are you using and why?
    Also, if you have tried anything in regars to this that failed,
    that would also be good to know. thx

    The final thing I will need is an HTPC case. I am looking at either the thermaltake (or thermalrock) mystic and bach series. This will be my last purchase however and hope that some newer, better looking/ functioning models will be out in the next 6 months to year.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. 74sixpack

    74sixpack Member

    Mar 10, 2007
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    These cards are amazing. You can find them on ebay fairly cheap but make sure its brand new never know why someone is selling something so good ya know. anyway i have one of these in my htpc and perfection i tell ya. best sound i ever heard plus it has toslink optical options.

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