Review: Building a HTPC V2.0
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Reviewed by Ryan McLaughlin on 01/13/2009
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  • Doug

    I like your Kill-A-Watt EZ. Where did you get it? I looked up in amazon and it’s $26.

    Doug

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    • I have had it for a couple years and I don’t remember where I got it. I usually buy from NewEgg or Amazon so I am sure it was one of those. If you can get it for $26 then you are getting a good deal. When I got mine they were quite a bit more expensive.

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  • Mark

    Are you able to get ATSC sub-channels with this tuner and software?

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    • I have not had any trouble receiving any ATSC channels, including the sub channels. I have not used the Hauppauge software because I use Windows Media Center for TV watching and recording.

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  • Phishfry

    I wonder if the Antec /Imon IR system(like Fusion remote case/ Multimedia Station-(Front Panel Bay Devices)) works with Microsoft MCE remote keyboard. I see mention of MCE2005 support but that could just mean the OS/driver. I know the earlier Imon IR reciever did not do RC6 /MCE 2005/Phillips remotes/keybrd but later ones did, from Imon(as per their site). It has made me unsure and i can find nothing to help me. I have tried adapting several Microft IR recievers from remote kits and modding them into 3.5 inch SD/CF/MMC card readers with a handmade internal usb cable (ugly and no nice fits). I see enlight UK had a similar design the unit must be out of production or vaporwear.. I want to use several older htpc cases with the nice antec front panel vfd/ir reciever for some bling.. Any thoughts?? Have you tried an RC6 microsoft remote with the fusion remote case? I think the Xbox360 uses the same remote i speak of, as well. Thanks and sorry to stray of topic so much.

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  • Jason

    How much RAM do you have in the system? Also, it appears from your Windows 7 review that you installed it on this machine. Are you still using it at all? Any impressions now that it’s been out for a while and download servers are presumably turned on?

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    • I put 2GB of RAM into my HTPC.

      About Windows 7, I am thrilled about some of the new features, like raising the tuner limit to 8, but I am frustrated by others, like the WTV file format. If Microsoft updates older operating systems so they can also play WTV files then that issue will go away.

      I am not using it at the moment because of the WTV issues. I often will watch the TV programs that I record on other computers, and with Windows 7 that is not possible.

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  • MadDog

    Hi Ryan,

    I’m building an HTPC with the Antec Fusion case and wondering what hard drive you used. I’m considering the Western Digital 1TB drives (Black-WD1001FALS vs Green-WD10EADS) and am trying to resolve the speedier vs cooler tradeoff.

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    • If I were you, I would choose the green drive. Since HTPCs are usually left on 24/7 I think the savings in power would be well worth the slight loss of performance.

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  • MadDog

    Agreed. Just wondering if the cache and speed on the Black drive makes any diff when using the hard drive as a dvr for recording off the tv

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    • If you have more than one tuner or you plan on streaming to multiple devices at the same time then the extra cache and speed will be useful.

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      • MadDog

        OK, that’s what I figured. Going to explore a bit more on the Black model’s heat levels. I probably WILL use a double tuner card or the equivalent, and it will be quite possible that 2 displays might be involved. I’ll let you know if I get useful add-on info about this. Thanks again.

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