Let us know your HTPC specs

Discussion in 'AnyDVD HD (Blu-ray issues)' started by Nova935, Dec 2, 2007.

  1. Nova935

    Nova935 Well-Known Member

    I would like to know what other forum members are using for their HTPC. I think that this might give other members idea`s when building a HTPC. This will let them know what combination of processor, video card, video drivers, HD optical drives, and software player that should perform well when viewing High Definition content. Most of us have made many changes to our current systems to eliminate bugs or other problems and this information could help others save time and money when building a HTPC for the first time.

    My current specs are:

    P4 3.4 ghz, XFX 8600 GT XXX video card w/ 163.71 drivers, 2Gig memory, XBox 360 HD DVD drive, Pioneer BDC 2202 Blu Ray drive, C-Media audio PCI card, PowerDVD 3104a, Sony 60" LCD RPTV and of course AnyDVDHD 6.3.0.0
     
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2007
  2. tekmobile

    tekmobile Well-Known Member

    Antec Fusion Case Click to SEE
    AMD Athlon64 5000+ (Socket AM2)
    2GB DDR2
    Xbox360 AddOn Drive
    MSI Nvidia 7300 PCIe Graphics Card with HDCP enabled HDMI out
    Onboard Sound (cant remember which)
    Windows Vista Home Premium
    No AnyDVD installed because I dont need it to play movies
    PowerDVD latest version but wanting a better replacement

    My main Setup includes a standalone player though the HTPC is mainly used for TV Viewing and recording, Music etc

    Toshiba HDTV 42" dont know model without looking
    ONKYO TX-SR605 A/V Reciever
    Toshiba HD-EP30 HD DVD Player outputting PCM to the ONKYO
    Tannoy EFX 5.1 Speaker Package
    Xbox 360
    About 30 HD DVD movies and counting
     
  3. blingo

    blingo Active Member

    Silverstone case
    AMD 4200 X2 socket 939
    Asus A8N-E
    Corsair 2gb RAM Dual channel config
    ATi HD 2600XT Fanless
    Azentech Prelude 7.1
    80gb + 750gb Western Digital hard drives
    Toshiba HD-DVD drive
    Pioneer BDC-202

    Connected to a Sony Bravia 46inch (46X2000)
    Prelude connected via analog to a Sony 1200ES. DD+, TrueHD, DTS-HD working fine in PowerDVD.

    PowerDVD 3516
    ATi 7.10
    Windows XP SP2
     
  4. Iota

    Iota New Member

    My HT/HTPC setup

    Silverstonetek LC16M Case with built in Card Reader
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz w/Artic Freezer 7 CPU cooloer on an Asus P5B Deluxe
    XFX 7950GT Video card with 512MB / HDCP Enabled (Fanless)
    2GB Corsair XMS2 PC2 6400
    1 TB (RAID 5 - 3x500gb WD Drives)
    Samsung 18X DVD Burner w/LightScribe
    Xbox 360 Addon
    Spec Research RF Keyboard+Mouse
    Vista Ultimate
    AnyDvd HD + PowerDvD

    TV - Westinghouse 42" 1080p
    Receiver - Denon AV-2308CI
    Speakers - Bowers&Wilkins 600 series (5.1 Setup)
     
  5. SamuriHL

    SamuriHL Retired Moderator

    Antec HTPC case
    Gigabyte motherboard
    AMD Athlon X2 4200+
    2 gigs of DDR2 ram
    XFX 8800 GT
    Xbox 360 HD DVD drive
    LG GGC-H20L Blu-ray/HD DVD/DVD drive
    PowerDVD Ultra Remote
    PowerDVD Ultra

    Sony 50" LCoS SXRD TV
    Yamaha receiver and speakers
     
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2008
  6. Rathbone80

    Rathbone80 Well-Known Member

    Athlon X2 4600+ @ 2,7 GHz
    Abit KN9 Ultra
    2x 1 GB Mushkin DDRII
    Zotac GeForce 8800GT Superclocked (512 MB)
    HD-DVD: XBOX 360 Addon
    Bluray: Pioneer BDC-202
    DVD: Pioneer DVD-116 (codefree)
    Auzentech Prelude 7.1
    Speakers: Teufel Concept G 7.1 THX
    HDDs: 17 GB Maxtor for WinXP SP2 / 120 GB Seagte (Vista Home Premium 32 and Home Premium 32 SP1 BETA / 320 GB Seagate (Vista Home Premium 64)

    Software: PowerDVD Ultra or Nero SHowtime 4.1.0.1
     
  7. Nova935

    Nova935 Well-Known Member

    Forgot to add my audio equipment:
    Yamaha RXV-995 Receiver 100x5
    Yamaha MX1000U Amplifier 260 watt x 2 (pre-out from receiver for front ch)
    Yamaha MX800 Amplifier 170 watt x 2 (pre-out from receiver for rear ch)
    Yamaha GE60 Graphic Equalizer (used for front speakers via analog connection)
    2 Sony 400 disc DVD changer
    Toshiba HDA1 HD DVD player
    Definitive Technology BP7001SC Bi Polar front tower speakers
    Definitive Technology CLR2300 Center Speaker
    Definitive Technology BPX Bi Polar Rear Speakers
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2007
  8. kdssrugby

    kdssrugby Well-Known Member

    AMD X2 4600+ (AM2)
    4GB DDR2
    ATI 2600 XT 512
    Onboard Sound (7.1)
    Windows Vista Ultimate
    Latest PowerDVD and AnyDVD HD

    Sharp Aquos 42" LCD
    Harmon Kardon HKTS 15 (5.1)
    Onkyo TX-SR605
    xbox 360 HD DVD addon
    Sony BD100a drive
    HP wireless mouse and keyboard
    Cyberlink remote
    320GB, 250Gb + 250GB hard drives
    64 HD DVD's
    52 Blu-Rays
     
  9. erikt

    erikt Active Member

    AMD X2 4200+
    MSI K8NGM2-FID
    eVGA 8600 GTS
    2x1GB PC3200 DRAM
    A-Tech 5000 HP
    Samsung 80GB 2.5" HDD
    Seasonic 300W mATX PSU
    Zalman CNPS7000-AlCu HSF
    Panasonic slim-line slot-loading DVD/RW
    USB-UIRT
    Xenarc 700TS touchscreen
    Toshiba 50HM67 DLP RPTV
    Denon receiver
    PSB Alpha 5.1 speakers
    Vista Home Ultimate
    Meedio, Zoomplayer, PowerDVD, Girder
     
  10. tato68

    tato68 Member

    HP Pavilion e6300 1.87
    2gb RAM - 250GB SAT Int. - 1TB MyBook USB
    Pioneer BDC 202
    XBox HD-DVD USB
    nVidia 256MB e6600
    Vista Ultimate
    AnyDVD HD, PowerDVD 3319a, myMovies
    Onkyo 735 - HDMI 1.3
    Toshiba 63' DLP

    ... and I feel ashamed by looking at other people's gear!:bowdown:
     
  11. Dgephri

    Dgephri Member

    warehouseing PC:
    QX6700 CPU watercooled
    mATX Gigabyte board G33M-DS2R
    4X1Gb Crucial BallistiX DDR2-800
    8800Ultra
    4X1TB Hitachi Deskstar 7200rpm 32Mg cache
    XP Pro-32bit (not using all RAM, I know)
    Nvidia PureHD decoder
    Cyberlink upgraded to ultimate
    LiteOn BD drive/burner
    Xbox360 Add On via USB
    AnyDVD-HD registered
    CPU utilization about 5%?

    new front Room HTPC
    extra E6400 CPU on stock air
    Asus P5LD2-VM motherboard
    4X512Meg Corsair DDR2-675
    ATI 2600HD w/HDMI converter including Audio
    250Gig Western Digital Caviar 7200rm 8Mb cache
    LG combo BD/HD drive
    CPU utilization 15-20%
    CyberLink OEM, played both HD and BD via Network from folders on above PC.
     
  12. Cooler Master Stacker 830 with six 120mm fans
    Intel Q6600
    4GB RAM DDR2 800 Dual Channel
    ASUS 680i Model P5N32-E SLI Systemboard
    Thermaltake Toughpower 750W SLI 80Plus PS
    Dual BFG OC 8800GT
    Dual HP LP3065 monitors
    Westinghouse 47" 1080p monitor
    AVerMedia AVerTV Combo PCI-e HDTV TV Tuner (highly recommend)
    XBOX 360 HD-DVD
    Pioneer BDC-202BKS
    OS boot on SSD 64GB
    D: - Dual Seagate 500GB SATA II NS Series (RAID 1)
    E: - Quad Seagate 1TB SATA II NS Series (RAID 5+HS)
    Hot swap chassis for drives -Black AMS 5-IN-3 SATA to SATA Module DS-3151SSBK
    Logitech wireless keyboard/mouse
    Keyspan RF media remote
    Vista Ultimate 32-bit
    PowerDVD 7.3 Ultra release 3104a
    AnyDVD HD

    Also have the same system but with ATI 2600 Series (I don't recommend using the ATI 2600 series video adapter if you're going to connect to a HDMI monitor). The 2600 series card limit the resolution of their HDMI adapter to 1920x1080. You cannot go beyond 1920x1080 with their DVI to HDMI adapter.
     
  13. Dgephri

    Dgephri Member

    I am just going to hook the ATI card up to my 1080P Sony, not a Gaming monitor.
     
  14. mickemus66

    mickemus66 Active Member

    Mozart Media Lab Case
    MSI K9N Diamond Motherboard w/ onboard Creative Soundblaster 7.1 Audio
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+
    4GB Patriot PC2-6400 800MHz Memory
    XFX 8800GT 512MB DDR3 625MHz ALPHA DOG EDITION
    Avermedia HDTV MCE A180 Tv Tunercard
    3 500GB Seagate Sata 300
    LG Bluray/HD DVD Combo Drive DVDRW/DL
    Ultra Media Dashboard 16/1 Card reader
    Logitech Wireless Keyboard Mouse
    Microsoft Windows Media Center Edition
    AnyDVD HD
    Cyberlink Power DVD
    SAMSUNG 50" 1080P Plasma (Using DVI to HDMI Cable From Video Card)
    Onkyo TX-SR602
    3 Klipsch In Wall Speakers
    4 Klipsch In Ceiling Speakers
    1 Infinity PS-12 Subwoofer
    VIP 622 Dish HD Receiver With Seagate 750 GB External HD
    Viewsat Platinum 2000 FTA Receiver
    Home Theater Master MX-600 IR/RF Remote
     
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2008
  15. hotdog453

    hotdog453 Well-Known Member

    Machine itself is hidden, so no unique case need.

    Antec 1650B.
    Asus P5K-E
    Intel Q6600 @ stock.
    ATI Radeon 3870 (Recent addition, but can finally game.. yay!)
    8GB DDR2 PC800 (2GBx4)
    HDD:
    A) OS Drive: 150GB Raptor
    B) Storage drive for local machine: 500GB Seagate
    DVD-ROM: Liteon.
    Xbox360 HD-DVD
    Pioneer BDC-2202B
    Vista Ultimate 64bit.
    PowerDVD

    Irony of ironies, I built this machine, and promptly pretty much stopped using it, for one main reason: The inability to do TrueHD or DTS-HD with PowerDVD, and the lack of 36bit color, which my components can do. Until there's a way to do that, I'll be using my HD-A30 or PS3 for playback; the lossless audio is too much to lose, IMHO. So, for now, this machine sits unused, doing absolutely... nothing. At all. Ah well.

    Home Theater:

    130" Da-Lite 2.35:1 screen with 16:9 cutoffs.
    Pioneer Elite VSX-94TXH
    Optoma HD81-LV 1080p
    Optoma Asia BX-AL133 2.35:1 lens
    McIntosh MC252 * 3 for fronts, rears, and sides.
    McIntosh MC2KW * 4 driving 4 Dayton IB385s in an Infinite Baffle setup
    KEF XQ40s for the front stereo and rears, KEF XQ20s for the rear surrounds. KEF XQ50c for center
    Toshiba HD-A30 for the HD-DVD player
    Sony PS3 for Blu-Ray.
     
  16. scmeis1

    scmeis1 Well-Known Member

    coolmaster stacker 830
    10x wd7500aaks drives
    2x wd raptor 150
    1 x Fantom Drive firewire 800 external drive 1T
    2 x sata hot swap drive cages
    creative X-fI platinum
    qx9650 OC 4.6Ghz Water cooled
    Asus Maximus formula
    1 x promise fastrek Ex16350 Raid controller
    8G G.skill Ram
    SIIG firewire controller (3 port)
    Nero 8 ultra w/ blu-ray/Hd-dvd add in
    Koolance exos-2 watercooler
    LG GGC-H20L
    Vista x64 Ultimate
    Evga 8800GT SSC


    Gigabit home network over Cat 6. D-link Dir-655, 3x Netgear GS-608
    xbox 360 and Playstation 3 UPnP
    Samsung 46" DLP
    Toshiba 52"
    Toshiba A20 Hd-DVD player
     
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2008
  17. SamuriHL

    SamuriHL Retired Moderator

    I've updated my specs above. It's changed a bit. ;)
     
  18. tekmobile

    tekmobile Well-Known Member

    Mines also changed slightly

    Antec Fusion Case Click to SEE
    AMD Athlon64 5000+ (Socket AM2)
    2GB DDR2
    Xbox360 AddOn Drive - SOLD
    LG GGW-H20L Blu-Ray Writer / HD-DVD Reader Drive - NEW Addition
    MSI Nvidia 7300 PCIe Graphics Card with HDCP enabled HDMI out
    Onboard Sound (cant remember which)
    Windows Vista Home Premium
    No AnyDVD installed because I dont need it to play movies
    PowerDVD latest version but wanting a better replacement

    My main Setup includes a standalone player though the HTPC is mainly used for TV Viewing and recording, Music etc

    Toshiba HDTV 42" dont know model without looking
    ONKYO TX-SR605 A/V Reciever
    Toshiba HD-EP30 HD DVD Player outputting PCM to the ONKYO - Up for SALE
    Tannoy EFX 5.1 Speaker Package
    Xbox 360
    About 40 HD DVD movies and counting
     
  19. ajeffo

    ajeffo Member

    Antec Overture II Case
    Asus M2NPV-VM Motherboard
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ AM2
    Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 Fan/Heatsink
    Crucial memory 4 * 512Mbyte dual channel
    2 * Samsung Spinpoint T1333S 300GByte
    Zotac nFire Geforce 8600GT 256MB Zone Edition Silent
    Pioneer BDC 202 Blu Ray Reader 12X DVD±RWDL RAM
    Toshiba SD-H802A HD DVD-ROM Drive IDE (Internal)
    Netgear SC101T Network Storage 1.25 Terrabytes for DVD's
    Lacie Ethernet Disk Mini 320gb Nas drive for Musc, Photos and videos

    SOFTWARE

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium x32Bit
    CyberLink PowerDVD Ultra
    Slysoft AnyDVD HD
    My Movies
    This is all hooked up to the following Cinema Equipment

    Panasonic 37” TX-37LZD70 LCD television
    Sky HD
    Denon 1907 AV Receiver
    KEF 2005.2 5.1 speakers
    2 * Roku Soundbridge music streamers
     
  20. SamuriHL

    SamuriHL Retired Moderator

    NICE drive. I wish I could have found one when I was getting my GGC, but, I couldn't afford the extra for it anyway. That's ok, there's always the next HTPC I build for the bedroom. :D I'll PROBABLY take this one that I just built and move it to the bedroom. Then I'll build a new one from scratch for the living room. But, I need a tv for the bedroom first and that's not happening for a little while.