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Posted 20 December 2012 - 20:31
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I have a very similar setup with almost the same machine specs, except I have a Radeon HD 5770 and run CentOS. I love it! Also, I vote for XBMC as your media center.
Posted 20 December 2012 - 22:36
He's lookingfor a HTPC not a Media Center. XBMC has no tuner so it's useless.
A Home Theater PC (HTPC) or Media Center computer is a convergence device that combines some or all the capabilities of a personal computer with a software application that supports video, photo, music playback, and sometimes video recording functionality.
also XBMC's absolutely useless requirements for how to set up series in folders and naming for the library to show them properly makes all the other good things about it invalid.
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Posted 21 December 2012 - 17:07
Not to hijack this thread, but is there a way to get a tuner to run on a Windows 2012 Server Essentials VM (with WMC addon, haven't attempted to install it yet) that is hosted on ESXi 5.1?
Posted 21 December 2012 - 17:13
I use the following for mine:
Used for Media File Server, XBMC (Hooked up to 42" Toshiba LCD TV), Hyper-V (running Linux, XP, Win7, Win8, Server2012), web server, domain controller, active directory, DNS, DHCP, backups, file server, software repository, ISO library, LogMeIn, RDP/RDS, media transcoding, audio encoding, Steam (Big Picture Mode).
- Server 2012 Standard (Hyper-V Enabled)
- Silverstone Grandia GD06 case in black
- AMD Phenom X4 2.2Ghz / 8GB DDR2
- 2x 1Gbit LAN (1x onboard, 1x PCI)
- GeForce 650 GTX 1GB
- 2xWD 3TB
- 2xSamsung 1.5TB
- 1x Samsung 1TB
- Fortuna MCE Remote
- Xbox 360 Wireless Controller Adapter
Sits next to the Xbox 360 under the TV and isn't too loud at all (certainly a lot less noisy than starting up the Xbox).
I recommend Silverstone cases if you want it to look great in the living room whilst providing a good balance between noise and cooling.
Posted 21 December 2012 - 17:45
Thanks for the feedback guys!
TPreston - I live in an apartment. I did think of moving the server to my 2nd bedroom but it really isn't a big deal to leave it in my living room
Hawkman - I don't personally distinguish between HTPC and Media Center. And I actually used both WMC and XBMC in Windows 7. With Windows 8, I only really need WMC for TV viewing. I've also never really had any issues with setting up XBMC for metatags. I do use Metabrowser for tagging / media info though which I think makes a huge difference
Current beta of XBMC also supports tuners but I'll more than likely stick with WMC till it's final
So looks like I have a project to work on this weekend But first, I need to image my current setup in case I decide to go back
Posted 21 December 2012 - 18:16
I actually have 4 2TB drives with intentions of adding more at some point
Hyper V - why do you have all those OS's?
My server is in this case...
In Black. Aesthetically I think it's fine. Just that it's a full tower
EDIT - didn't realize you have 5 drives. Do you have room for more? I should have room for about 8 drives I think