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  • @jc2mm2: sana inuna mo muna ang AVR at speakers bago ang recliner seats at sound proofing. with 10k budget, talagang limited ka to desktop speakers or small powered speakers. an entry-level AVR alone will cost around P10k na.

    how big is the room? in order to have a truly immersive viewing experience, you need to fill that room with sound. for small room, you need at least 2 bookshelf speakers with 6.5" mid-bass drivers.
  • @silentorange19
    I'll check the specs :) hopefully kung ok nga i'll look at king farmers branch :)

    @dm1197
    Actually, the renovation was due to a big crack in our house(shoddy foundation). We are already in the finishing touches when naisip ni bossing she wants the av room to look like a theatre. Hahaha. :)

    Hmmm... Then should i skip the avr first and get the speaker muna? I'm guessing its around 70-80sqm rectangular room.
  • @jcmm2: less than 20 sqm lang ang viewing room namin and we are using AVR + 2 bookshelf speakers + 1 center speaker already.

    70-80 sqm is a very large room to fill. you will definitely need an AVR and big speakers for that.
  • tanong lang po mga sir. mag set sana ko ng pc na tipid sa kuryente (and sa budget rin) para lang sa bata para sa

    flash games
    dota1
    counter strike 1.6
    facebook
    office works
    720p h264 cartoons

    may nakita akong AMD E1-2100 and AMD E-350D, na mura & matipid sa kuryente. ano po sa tingin nyo? kaya kaya sa requirements ng bata un? and meron akong generic power supply, makakatipid ba ko sa kuryente neto or malaki rin dahil sa generic PSU ko?
  • If you want a completely silent HTPC, try PicoPSUs. They work well. :)
  • my htpc/itx with logitech K400r
    using intel HD4K

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    -- edited by bobs on Sep 12 2014, 05:52 PM
  • Sweet! 1150 itx board.. :)
  • ^
    ayos hehe parang ampilifier lang. .
  • Ano po maganda na matx case para sa htpc build? Budget is 2k to 2.5k
  • ayos hehe parang ampilifier lang. .


    yes sir sakto nakapatong din sa AVR ko.:)
  • ^
    sir saan may available ganyan casing? parang nagustuhan ko para sa pc ko e landscape tapos ihahang ko lang dun sa table. . hehe
  • silvesrstone ML05 sir. nasa ifs search mo lang.
  • ^
    ayun salamat sir . .recommended pala for htpc chassis pero since mini pc lang 2ng skin p'pwede rin 2 diba?
  • mga sir anyone encountering buffering sa xbmc gotham using only local files. thanks
  • may nakita akong AMD E1-2100 and AMD E-350D, na mura & matipid sa kuryente. ano po sa tingin nyo? kaya kaya sa requirements ng bata un?


    may e350 ako..medyo lag sa fb games nung kasikatan pa candy crush at backyard monsters, may mkv files na anime din ako.. ilan sa kanila nag slow mo pag nag play.. try mo am1 mura yan...quadcore .
  • BitFenix Pandora more info: <click here for link>

    pwedeng pwede for HTPC

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  • ^nice. sana meron ITX version din.
  • Padaan lang mga paps...

    Just to show you my build, lumang mga components BUT
    It serves as an HTPC
    pfSense
    Plex
    XBMC
    Transmission
    Owncloud Server
    OpenVPN Server (Local and Remote Access/Road Warrior Setup)
    Git Repo
    ...at iba pa
    sa iisang box lang.

    Yes po... sa isang machine lang, using Linux.

    Kulang lang po sakin ang Hardware.

    Setup:
    Board - MSI 785G-E53
    Proc - AMD Phenom II X4
    RAM - 2x4GB TEAM
    Data Drive - 2X2TB Seagate in Raid0
    Boot Drive - 80GB Seagate
    LAN - 1 on-board + 2 add-on

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    -- edited by lanie_barbie on Oct 07 2014, 10:17 PM

    -- edited by lanie_barbie on Oct 10 2014, 05:59 PM
  • ^

    wow ayos yan sir. .panu yan? may mga virtual machine?
  • @lanie_barbie
    I got a somewhat similar setup. Built a home theatre/content delivery system which is composed of storage layer, virtualization layer and network layer. My ESXI box contains xbmc for organisation and playback of media files.

    HW setup on my esxi1 server. USB, GPU, and pcie nic has a vt-d dedicated to win8 virtual machine for gaming/htpc functionality:
    -Ivy xeon e3-1245v2
    -MSI h77 matx board passthrough of the onboard usb controllers
    -Radeon R7 for the gpu passthrough
    -Samsung evos for datastore
    -32gb ripjaws
    -6 nics, intel server quad port, intel pro, realtek onboard
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    ESXI also houses UTM (untangle) and Routing (pfsense) for my 2 subnets.
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    Will post more details pag natapos na yung infra upgrade...
  • Great share!

    Puro OpenSource ang gamit kong applicaiton. Im using KVM para sa virtualization, Linux based ang banat ko kasi walang pambili ng Windows. At ayaw ko namang gumamit ng patch/cracked version. Napaka un-secure.

    Yung setup ko, proof of concept lang.

    Pag may budget na, gawa ako ng bagong build.

    Pero nakakainggit ka Davidx23... kung ako lang ang may ganyang budget at hardware.... hardcore ang magiging setup ko.

    -- edited by lanie_barbie on Oct 10 2014, 06:00 PM
  • Boss, planning to convert my apu build into an htpc. Ano kaya maganda na matx chassis na htpc form para sa akin?
  • @lanie_barbie
    Thanks.

    After working for more than 40 hours during the weekend, natapos ko na yung hardware upgrade for my home DC/ home theatre system:
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    4th revision ng home dc project with dual nas (primary/secondary), dual esxi boxes, dual smart switches:
    -primary nas is openindiana main vmware datastore; media files storage; haswell xeon 1245v3; 32GB ram; raid0 wd black pools for esxi direct gigabit connection, raid0 green pools for media; dual ibm serveraid cards; quad port intel pro server nic.
    -secondary nas is win 2012r2; 'will' be the primary AD; hot site backup of media and esxi virtual machines; haswell refresh xeon 1246v3; 16GB ram; ibm serveraid card; quad port intel pro nic; wd greens in diff raid configs
    -esxi1 is networking (untangle and pfsense) and main gaming/htpc virtual machine; ivy xeon 1245v2; 32gb ram; intel pro quad port nic, intel pro nic, realtek on-board nic
    -esxi2 will be the application and database layer for the home theatre system; will be running a bunch of win 2012r2 for mysql, plex server, itunes server, etc; haswell xeon 1245v3; 32gb ram; quad port intel pro, dual port intel pro, single port intel pro.
    -dual gigabit cisco smart switches sg200-18

    Tapos na yung hardware infra, next step will be to configure everything and make them sing in harmony. ETC probably by xmas and I should have activated my technet licenses before expiry.
  • Boss, planning to convert my apu build into an htpc. Ano kaya maganda na matx chassis na htpc form para sa akin?

    depende sa gusto mong orientation, either horizontal or vertical (tower). madami choices eh. browse ka sa website ng Lian-Li, Silverstone, Coolermaster, etc.
  • Mga sir sa gmgamit po dto amd 5350 kaya po b ang nba2k15?
  • Guys pa suggest naman ng VC for HTPC and can still run games . I'll be playing racing games like Grid, NFS and the likes.

    Gamit ko ngayon is AMD HD5450. Kaya lang sobrang baba ng FPS. Nakaka bad trip.

    Syempre habol ko pa rin na VC is low power consuming.

    Sana matulungan niyo ako.
  • ^for HTPC, ang common VC talaga are AMD HD5450/HD6450/R5 230 and next step up are HD5570/HD6570/R7 240.

    now for gaming and higher FPS, you should get higher VC model. if you want low power consuming, stick with models that don't need extra power cable. i think that the highest you can go are AMD R7 250 and HD7750. higher than these need 6-pin PCIe power cable already.

    if you prefer NVIDIA, you can go with 750 Ti.

    -- edited by dm1179 on Oct 27 2014, 08:19 AM
  • guys, ok naba set up ko for htpc? suggest naman ano pwede idagdag.

    intel pentium G3240
    asrock h81m-vg4
    2x2gb g.skill eco 1600
    ATI radeon HD 5770 (ref card)
    250gb hdd + 160gb
    hexa+ 550w 80plus

    malakas ba sa kuryente to?
  • Mga sir sa gmgamit po dto amd 5350 kaya po b ang nba2k15?


    yes you can play 2K15 at low settings :)

    im only using an A4-4000 paired with 4gb DDR3-1333...

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