[geeks] Home Made STB/HTPC
lionel4287 at gmail.com
Mon May 4 19:09:35 CDT 2009
On May 4, 2009, at 2:50 PM, Sridhar Ayengar <ploopster at gmail.com> wrote:
> I just got a 67" TV. I'm interested in playing stored video on it.
> The machine needs to be fast enough to decode 1080p video compressed
> with a variety of algorithms, with the most processor-intensive
> probably being H.264. It needs to talk to my TV at its native
> resolution of 1920x1080. Being able to output unaltered Dolby
> Digital and DTS sound over a digital pipe to my receiver would be a
> huge plus.
> It doesn't need much storage, since I'll be streaming the video from
> a file server. A single PCI slot would be convenient for various
> reasons I don't need to go into. Low power consumption would be
> nice. Silence is golden.
> Anyone have any pointers or suggestions for me? I'm more looking
> for hardware tips. I'm reasonably familiar with the software.
SuperMicro makes a very nice ATX MB, C2SEA, IIRC - intel's latest
chipset, including their latest integrated graphic w/HDMI and supports
all current intel CPUs. DDR3 RAM, about $150 w/ 2 gigs RAM at
Microcenter.com, I think...
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