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  • sorry i really have no idea, ano po ba difference ng htpc sa standard na pc? tia

    HTPC = Home Theater PC. Generally requires less graphics power than Gaming PC. Actually enough na latest integrated GPU tulad ng gamit kong Intel HD 3000. If lalagyan mo ng gaming video card ang HTPC mo, considered Gaming PC na siya.. and if gagamitin mo ang Gaming PC mo as pure HTPC, lalabas na overkill ang spec nito but nothing bad about it.
  • thanks alot!
  • @Raian

    Just to add to what dm1179 mentioned: HTPC's are mostly used for watching movies and listening to music and the HTPC is often connected to a dedicated sound system or home theater setup :-)

    So they have to quiet and discrete and not cause any distractions which can lessen your movie watching or music listening experience. A noisy PC with lots of buzzing fans and LED lights is not the ideal HTPC because it will be very distracting whenever you watch movies / listen to music in a quiet dimly lit room.

    That's the reason why many don't recommend powerful gaming videocards or overclocked CPU's because they produce a lot of heat and use many fans. Making such a setup into a quiet HTPC will also be very expensive and need specialized cooling. Many of the good HTPC setups I have seen are PC's using small Mini-ITX cases so they can fit inside the TV cabinet and are cooled by just 1-2 fans or sometimes have no fans at all (passive cooling).

    Regarding your components:

    You can still use your GTX 580 for your HTPC if you want play games on a big screen TV. But making it run quiet while watching movies or listening to music will be difficult. You can also reuse the SSD and harddrive as they will be needed when building your HTPC. I'm not sure if the Corsair H100 will be useful as it can be noisy (2 fans + pump) but should be OK if you can dial-down the fan speed and pump speed to their lowest speeds. If you are using a Core i3 or Pentium processor then the stock Intel fan should be fine :-)
  • Hi guys

    Meron na ba sa inyong gumagamit ng Intel NUC na Celeron for htpc?

    Plano ko kasi kumuha nito with 4gb ram + hdd

    Gusto ko lang malaman kung nakaka stream siya ng movies wirelessly without stuttering?(local network only)

    NUC will be wired to the router. But occassionally will access the videos via phone / tablet
  • Gusto ko lang malaman kung nakaka stream siya ng movies wirelessly without stuttering?(local network only)

    The speed of your wireless network will be the determining factor. Since Intel NUC will act only as media source, the Celeron model would be just fine.
  • Hi guys

    Meron na ba sa inyong gumagamit ng Intel NUC na Celeron for htpc?

    Plano ko kasi kumuha nito with 4gb ram + hdd

    Gusto ko lang malaman kung nakaka stream siya ng movies wirelessly without stuttering?(local network only)

    NUC will be wired to the router. But occassionally will access the videos via phone / tablet


    Depends on the content you want to stream.

    For 720p BDRips, 5-8GB (not YIFY)
    I have tried:
    100Mbps
    1000Mbps
    Wireless N

    on average router/switch. No problems. For 1080p BDRips, imo 1Gbit is a must. Take a look on your network.
  • There is also an Intel Giga NIC available in the local market. Either single or a dual NIC PCI card.
  • mga bossing pa-help naman para maka-build din ng sariling htpc

    around 10-15k sana..

    mostly watching films, browsing and light gaming (tycoon-type games, city-building like Banished games)

    kaya ba ng budget to?
  • @jazzantriah
    Check if those games can run on Intel HD graphics.
    If not, you'll end up with an AMD A6/A8 build.
  • @awakeruze

    can you suggest sir ano ok na AMD build

    cpu
    board
    case

    around 6-7k budget?
  • pa check naman po mga masters..

    3,300.00 GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XM-HD3
    4,600.00 AMD A8-6600K (3.9HZ)
    1,700.00 CORSAIR VS450 450W
    3,400.00 GSKILL RIPJAWSX 8GB 1600MHz (F3-12800CL10S-8GBXL) memory
    4,000.00 SEAGATE 2TB 7200RPM

    ano po ba ok na case dito na kasya lahat ng ito.. Mas maliit po mas ok since sa living room gagamitin. Mas discrete mas ok.

    Saka pasuggest naman po na pwedeng mabago para mas makamura (exempted yung RAM and HDD kasi yun talaga need ko).

    All in all nasa 17k na siya wala pa kong case saki mga fans. Ang ideal budget ko lang talaga is 15k.

    Ano ba mas ok na katumbas ng specs nito sa Intel, baka sakaling mura.

    -- edited by jazzantriah on Mar 15 2015, 12:53 AM
  • oks po ba ang mga NUC for HT?
  • @zubtechnicalities

    Two concerns:
    1. cooling -- CPU cooler is not upgradeable; It's a good idea to use an oversized (larger than normal) heatsink when the CPU is used for extended periods.

    2. HDD storage -- limited to laptop HDDs; this can be alleviated by using USB 3.0 HDDs.
  • Thanks, sir.

    I am planning to build an HTPC using my spare i5 bundle;

    i5 2500k
    Asrock H61m-u3s3

    Will this be okay since it I will only use the built-in vga of my proc; Intel HD 3000?
  • ^yes, more than enough. i use i5-2500K in my HTPC as well.
  • how do you set up torrent downloading on Kodi? Nahihilo na ako hindi ko mapagana :-/

    Kaya din ba remotely adding torrents via browser?
  • ^ Yup kaya. Setup mo muna transmission daemon, tapos yung addon.

    Kaya din ang adding of torrents remotely via browser. Iport-forward mo lang sa router tapos yung router naka ddns (noip, dyndns, etc.)
  • ano po masuggest nyo for 2.5k graphics card?

    kaya rin po ba nya i-support 1080p (full BD). 3D?

    Thanks!
  • Heto balak kong gawing kodi media player

    Pipo x7

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