wattershed wrote:Hi everyone,
4. Processor, I'd prefer Intel just because I'm more familiar with their processors and get their naming structures, if suggesting AMD processors I'd also like to know the Intel equivalent just so I know what level of hardware we're talking about
5. Motherboard with HDMI-out on it. Considering it's the processor and bandwidth which are the biggest strains on streaming 1080P over a network, I don't need a standalone video card, and having HDMI-out on the mainboard would be a nice perk.
6. RAM, I suppose, but I'll get whatever's popular and reliable.
7. I don't want to worry about overclocking, using heatsink paste (I suck at arts & crafts), RAID, NAS boxes, or Linux. I'll be running a flavor of Vista on this machine. Lastly, I can currently stream with my laptop (wirelessly) through my router to my (wired) PS3 in 1080p - Planet Earth looked wonderful. I'd just like a no-fuss media box for all my goodies that I don't have to worry about, which won't have a monitor/keyboard/mouse connected to it, that starts PS3MS as a Windows service and handles all my content without hassle or errors.
So, guys, what sorts of hardware should I consider that won't break the bank?
wattershed wrote:Looking to avoid a PCH because I already have the PS3 and if I'm going to serve media, I'd like to do it on my terms as far as media types go, and let PS3MS be the intermediary in the bunch doing the transcoding. Also, it's only got room for one internal HD, and I have well over 1TB of data spread between my drives which get swapped in & out of my external enclosure for temporary service to my laptop.
The board I think I'll be going with, "ASUS M3A78-EM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard," seems to support HDMI audio...and if there's any problem there, I'll do what I do now with my PS3, run the HDMI to the TV for video and the optical out into my receiver.
That scenario though, on the whole, is one I don't expect to utilize often if at all because I'll be routing everything through the PS3.
Here's a question - the processor I'm eyeing, "AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Kuma 2.7GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core" - that should be able to do what I'm doing, yes? Or should I go up a level in quality?
butler360 wrote:You're probably on the right track with your choices, although I'm not sure what the minimum for 1080P transcoding is for AMD. The author states e6750 I think in the readme for 1080P with Intel.
I've been checking out the same stuff as you and I'm currently at about $420 with MB, CPU, PSU, RAM, and case.
MB (Nvidia 9400 IGP): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813128363
CPU (E7400): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6819115206
Case (Silverstone LC10B): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811163118
RAM (Wintec 2GB PC6400 kit): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820161172
PSU (Rosewill 430W 80+ rated): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817182159
I was checking out the AMD side but tests seem to show the 9400 motherboards as more power efficient and more powerful (the more powerful integrated GPU lets you offset some of the video processing/transcoding from the CPU to my understanding). The tradeoff of course is price. The Intel CPUs are supposed to be more efficient, as well.
And my plan would be to run Windows Home Server with PS3 Media Server as a service, along with uTorrent, eMule, SlimServer (or SqueezeCenter or whatever they call it now), up to possibly 8 HDDs, and full redundant backups for a house of three people, so that's why I'm opting for the more powerful 9400/e7400 combo. It sounds like you might be able to get away with a bit less.
Jagged wrote:The PCH supports many more formats than the PS3. No need to transcode anything. In fact a friend recently got one and has had no problems w/ some of the 1080p content that a PS3 would refuse to play (large reframe's). It also costs a lot less than a PC capable of transcoding everything to something the PS3 can handle. Now, if you want to do something besides serve media to the ps3 with it, then I would say sure, setup a server/htpc. However, what you've said so far suggests all you want to do is play media from it.
The processor should be up to the task of playing anything. However, when it comes to transcoding, you might want to look at a quad-core (if you plan on having to transcode 1080p). Though, with tsMuxeR, you can play most 1080p content without transcoding.
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