Description

This rig serves as our streaming device, blu-ray player, cable box, 6 tuner DVR, and occasional gaming console.

I originally completed the build in June 2013 to go with the new 55" Samsung LED I purchased. I added Corel WinDVD Pro so we could watch blu-rays.

The really came alive in January 2014 when I added an AVMedia AverTV card and started using Windows MediaCenter with my on-air RCA antenna. At the same time, I added the Radeon 6570 and set it up in AMD dual graphic with the CPU.

Towards the end of 2014, I was jonesing for more channels, so I upgraded to the Ceton InfiniTV 6 - PCIe and set up internet and cable service with Comcast. This set up works extremely well with Windows Media Center. Since no WMC in Windows 10, I will be keeping this system at Windows 7.

My latest addition has been a Rosewill remote control. Now this system really feels like a cable box.

I am looking next to use XBox 360s as extenders and upgrading the CPU. I will likely go with a Richland A10 chip so I don't have to change anything else.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 8 points

The Featured section needed something new other than a sick gaming build, and here it is.

+1

  • 47 months ago
  • 5 points

I have always preferred the creative builds over the I spend bunches of money builds.

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for family pictures. Try kodi.. a good media center too.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Greets, if I was still using the AverMedia Card, I would try Kodi. I had even messed with XBMC a bit. With the Ceton Card, it only works with WMC, but that is not such a bad thing.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

XBMC is now Kodi :) What were your thoughts? I've not used it.

http://kodi.tv/about/

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I couldn't get XBMC to see my tuner - call it operator error. It did look cool, though.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Media Portal says it supports Ceton cards. I haven't tried it yet ... but I will early next year.

http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/1_MEDIAPORTAL_1/11_Preparing_Your_System/01_Supported_TV_Cards

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

If they do that, that would be great. I know a lot of people are miffed there is no WMC with Windows 10.

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

nice build, and congrats on becoming featured!

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice to see a more humble build featured! Congrats!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a nice small build. :-)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 nice build

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

That's really cool. Great job.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Good call on the Enermax fans with the Enlobal bearings. I don't see them used a lot, but they're whisper-quiet and very reliable. All of mine are still going strong after seven years!

That HD6570 and mechanical HD might give you some noise, though. I might have considered a passively-cooled card and larger SSD instead. I regret that the hard drives are the loudest component of my HTPC, and it doesn't get quieter over time!

Good God that Cooler Master is a monster. How do you like it? Was it tough to install?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

With my system, the most noise I get is from my fans. As for the cooler, I installed it on the MB outside of the system before MB installation. Doing it that way, the install of the cooler was easy.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice choice of parts. +1

How is that touchpad working out?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The K400 continues to work just fine. I am really liking the Rosewill remote.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

looks like a vcr, streams like a champ

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I haven't seen that model PS2 in a long time. +1 for that.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow. Just wow... awesome!! +1.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Okay.... this is actually a genius idea... I love how you incorporated like 5 devices into one...

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Noice bro +1! It would be nice if xbox had a port for windows so you could play xbox 360 games on pc... But halo 2 should work, have fun with your htpc!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Us PC gamers have such an infinite amount of possibilities Xbox 360 is our least worry.

  • 47 months ago
  • -2 points

can you play halo 4 on pc? Can you play rocket league? No? Console still has exclusives, and is more appealing for those wanting a cheaper option. So called "console killers" arent that great when it comes to games.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

rocket league is on steam, and there are endless shooters on pc similar to halo. steam sales are where pc gamers make up the savings on the money most spent on their pc.

  • 47 months ago
  • -2 points

My point is that console is not completely out of the picture. While games may be cheap and the pc is fully customize able (btw alien ware alphas do not count), consoles are still cool to have and I got my first console (a wii) long before my first pc.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I've been a console gamer since atari, and would never recommend a prebuilt pc for gaming. I build pc's for my friends to help them save money and learned how to do my own when i was younger (windows 3.1 days). my last console was a ps3 that i played the heck out of, but current gen consoles aren't worth the cost, and the games coming out on them are far overpriced. The current generation is closer to pc than ever before, and the next gen may just become something you can upgrade like a pc.

Consoles will always sell like hotcakes because its a turnkey operation, but steam machines are trying to get to that same level of ease of use. For the rest of us, 600 dollars will get us a nice new computer capable of high settings on most games, with room to upgrade video card later to max everything out.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

First of all, I own rocket league on my PC. Second, if Halo is the game that keeps you playing an Xbox I'd say stay there. But, do you have steam ? Ever seen the availability there ? It's exclusives are more then every console ever made. Before you go blah blah blah I like zelda mario and retro games... http://dolphin-emulator.com/

Second, please prove the console killer statement and I will completely delete this comment.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

His first console was a wii (his comment on my comment) so i'm not sure he's seen the golden age of console after console after console, and all the rebuying it entails.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd say he's rather young, if his first was a Wii, which I'm no dinosaur. But, maybe a bit misinformed and biased ?? If he stays here long he will be CTRL + ALT + DEL 'd or he will learn

  • 47 months ago
  • 0 points

The golden age as in nes snes saturn genesis and god forbid the virtual boy? Just because i was born after the n64 doesnt mean i dont know this stuff

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats the unoffical Dolphin Website.

Offical: https://dolphin-emu.org/

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd seen both but was unsure..

  • 47 months ago
  • -1 points

First of all, I think that I have awakended a sleeping giant. Second, my laptop was 400 dollars. Third, did not know about rocket league on steam (Yes I do "steam". I have tf2 and thats about all the good free games that I can run.) I think that people can appreciate both, because pc and console both have ups and downs. So please stop being ******* sarcastic about zelda and ****. I have an emulator on my laptop.

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

If that is the case why are you speaking of your Wii ? XD

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I haven't tried Halo 4 on it. I have run Half-Life 2 on pretty high settings, but SC2 at lower resolution and settings. Go with one of the new Godivari APUs, and you can play BF4 at 1080.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

In addition, a console killer is not a 400 dollar laptop. A console killer is a built PC that actually WILL outperform the PS4 and Xbox One whether you want to argue with that or not, isn't a big issue to me. You can easily go to YouTube and find that for yourself

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  • 47 months ago
  • -2 points

That is very true, but remember that a: not all have the cash to spend up front for something that has a good upgrade path (Most of these console killers are above MSRP for the console and use a x4 or a10 cpu, which is low powered and basically you have to upgrade the cpu and mobo) and b: there are some great deals that come with the psn or xbox live deals. But all in all pcmasterraace

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

It is literally impossible to argue console vs. PC and it's an even worse idea on a PC BUILDING FORUM. If you're going to say stuff don't say it here. We bark and bite.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

i'm curious about this:

and cable service with Comcast.

doesn't comcast cable require some sort of key decoder thing or something like that?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Not at all. You just need to have Comcast activate the cable card, and that is done over the phone. WMC guides you through the set up.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

neat, i'll have to look into that for replacing our current X1 box, may even use a similar build to yours as the case looks a similar size to the x1 cable box we currently have

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

You may even like how WMC works over X1. Some Comcast techs who saw it commented they liked it over X1.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

why is the windows OEM 180 dollars lol.

  • 47 months ago
  • -2 points

did you really pay that much for windows 7? i can build something better than this for that amount, just saying.

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

did you really pay that much for windows 7?

Probably not, it's just ridiculously priced right now.

i can build something better than this for that amount, just saying.

Well, this was mid-2013, so you probably can.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh god, more spam...

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

No way did I pay $179 for windows. They are likely quoting a retail box price - I went with the OE version - more like $99.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Kodi works really well, kodi.tv

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

kodi works on hardware as lowly as this for power savings: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/cilvre/saved/k3JPxr

I have a similar unit to this and run 1080p video and 5.1 audio decoding off of it.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Plex is similar. Gear wise anything that can process hd video would be decent, or if you have a gpu for hardware acceleration. An htpc remote is also usually a good idea, i have a scavenged hp media center remote that works well with kodi.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

That cpu would be plenty powerful and 8 GB is good for an HTPC. I have read that Intel CPUs do not support audio over HDMI, so adding a video card would be good to do.

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