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    HTPC Building

    I'm preparing to design and build a HTPC system in the near future. I've already experimented some with Media Portal and MythTV (actually Mythbuntu), but haven't fully explored all that out there. I know of sagetv, and

    Has anyone setup their home with a HTPC setup, and what software/hardwares did you use?

    My main goals of the project are:

    1. A Central Server that will store all Media, and likely TV tuner cards.

    2. Multiple Front End's (preferable as silent as possible, with no HD's at all in them), with the media/video streaming from the server to the front end.

    3. The ability to be able to access and webstream both LiveTV, recordings, and dvd's to a remote PC (ie, laptop) when away from the home. Also, would like to at least be able to stream Hi-Def content within the home. But webstreaming of hi-def is not important.

    4. I've already assembled an Antec 900 case with an intel e8400 processor, a dfi bloodiron MB in it, 750 power supply, and ati HD tv capture card in it. (although have not read that nvidia card is probably a better choice).

    Any thoughts or suggestion on the software configurations to use?

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    I have a HTPC setup using mythtv, it is actually second one. I upgraded it a few years back, it ran MythTV before that. I've been using MythTV since around version 0.17 and it has come a long way since then.

    My video archive is stored on a seperate computer than my HTPC, it has a 1.5TB RAID 5 array (which is slated in June to be replaced by a 4TB RAID 5 array). And I just mount the drive over the network on my HTPC.

    My HTPC hardware currently is:
    2.4 Pentium 4 Northwood Core
    512MB Dual Channel DDR400 memory
    80GB SATA1 HD
    Hauppage PVR-150 TV Tuner card
    128MB nVidia GeForce FX 5700 Ultra
    Antec Sonata 1 case

    It used to have a GF4 MX 440 video card, I only put in the FX card because I needed a DVI port to connect it to my HDTV when I got it. The machine is pretty much dead silent, I have it in my living room and you can't tell it is on from the noise alone.

    The hauppage cards work the best under Linux. However one thing that I highly recommend is making sure your capture card has a hardware MPEG encoder onboard. It will seriously reduce CPU overhead and allows the audio to be multiplexed in with the video stream. They [haupapge] has some pretty nice HD capable TV tuners that will do ATSC and QAM, they are reasonably priced as well.

    I am planning this year to upgrade my HTPC again because my setup cannot play H.264 720p video. Since Linux does not have (but it is close to arriving) direct rendering support where a lot of the video decoding can be offloaded to the CPU.

    I use a remote control for my HTPC that uses LIRC. I blogged about it when I build the receiver module: http://www.oracleguy.ws/entry.php?entryid=90 The stuff at the bottom of the post was for trying to get the IR receiver to work on a laptop (it works fine on my HTPC directly).
    OracleGuy

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    Based on your setup is sorta of where I get myself confused a little bit.

    Is your backend running the MythTV? Or is the backend just a place with an OS and holding your media drives?

    It sound like you have MythTV installed on the front end machine, and then accessing the media drives on the back end. But the TV capture card is connected to the Front End machine?

    I've been reading that you would typically have 1 or multiple TV capture cards on the backend machine. And then TV, video, music, etc is all thanstreamed to your front end machines. I'm pretty sure with this type of setup, you can run your front ends with out the use of HD in them, and get them pretty darn quiet, even fanless.

    Or I am thinking backwards here?

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    Sorry for the confusion. My HTPC is running the MythTV backend and frontend on the same machine. But I archive video for long term storage on my server. Then I watch those videos using the MythVideo plugin which lets you play videos stored in a specified folder on the machine (it is separate from the recordings viewer in myth). And that folder is where I mount the server share.
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