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  • How all here also has a HTPC?

    I usually download TV ep's that I miss and then burn them to VCD... Well last night I was out of CDR's so I thought to myself... Why not just output the video from my laptop to my TV... The picture was way better then a VCD and 10 times easier.. So then I thought I should just build a HTPC for a permanant solution..

    Questions.. Who all here has one? What are the specs (components and what not)? Did you build them inside a shell home theater equipment (receiver case or what not)?

    Now I know there are a lot of HTPC forums but I just wanted to get some info from everyone here first...

    Thanks!
    Current Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Nitro

    Second Vehicle: Sold it :( 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab

    First Vehicle: 2003 Ford Ranger

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    heck I have 2 of them, but mine are just normal pc cases, one of them is a P4 1.5 with a ATI Radeon 9800 all in wonder, the 2nd one is a P3 1Ghz which I am just using a scan converter on. The P4 records DVD quality movie perfectly. The P3 is pretty much only good for playing mp3's and movies.
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    • #3
      Me! Just to match the car.

      Silverstone case, AMD64 processor / ASUS Mobo, 1GB RAM, Radeon 9600, SB Platinum, WiFi.

      Got my Laptop back from my ex and the desktop was going to waste, so shelled it for the HTPC.
      2000 Vauxhall Vectra SXi
      EPIA M12000 / 256MB RAM
      PW-120 + ITPS
      Slot Loading CDRW/DVD
      30GB 2.5in HD
      Lilliput 7" VGA + Touchscreen
      GPS Nav
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      • #4
        Now that I've got the bug for carPCs I'm starting to talk my g/f into HTPC. I'm glad you started this thread. I'm gonna start looking into forums for HTPC to get my info like I did in here. Any suggestions for a good, informative forum like this one?
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        • #5
          http://www.avsforum.com
          http://www.meedio.com
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          • #6
            Thanks for the links. Looks like I'm gonna be up for a few nights of reading.
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            • #7
              yeah it's very addicting, it's about as bad as carpc's
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              • #8
                I use my modded Xbox, works great
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by migel628
                  I use my modded Xbox, works great
                  I will be using my XBox for a while until I can save up for a HTPC. The CarPC stole the contents of my wallet

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                  • #10
                    Are there any other links or forums for HTPC? The meedio link is just software and the AVS link is TOOOO much... It talks about EVERYTHING under the sun... I was wondering if there was a website like this that is strictly about carputers...

                    How much of a PC do you need to record TV shows or play MP3's and what not??
                    Current Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Nitro

                    Second Vehicle: Sold it :( 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab

                    First Vehicle: 2003 Ford Ranger

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                    • #11
                      google htpc http://www.htpcnews.com/
                      Alex
                      90 300zx twinturbo conversion
                      Epia C3, 512 ram, syntax mobo, 80 gig WD, Mediacar, GPS w/Routis, all behind drivers seat, 7in Lcd Lilliput VGA with Touch, wireless adapter for stumbling, Consult ODB1 adapter and data scanner.

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                      • #12
                        What does everyone use their's for? I'm thinking of using mine to possibly record TV shows and then play them back.

                        How good of a sound card do you need? Then do you just get a cable that plugs into your line output of your soundcard and then turns into RCA's to go to your TV?
                        Current Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Nitro

                        Second Vehicle: Sold it :( 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab

                        First Vehicle: 2003 Ford Ranger

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                        • #13
                          I use mine for recording shows, playing MP3's, playing divx movies, checking the weather and getting movie showtimes for the theater. I use a Live 5.1 card in mine only because my receiver has a dolby digital input and I watch alot of divx movies that have 5.1 sound. But you could just use a regular sound card with a 1/8" to RCA adapter.
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                          • #14
                            Do you have yours output to a TV?
                            Current Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Nitro

                            Second Vehicle: Sold it :( 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab

                            First Vehicle: 2003 Ford Ranger

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                            • #15
                              Yeah, thats why I use the ATI AIW 9800 because it has video in and out. Some people say it sucks compared to some cards but i've been more than happy with it.
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