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building a media centre using a shuttle barebones?

techguy
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building a media centre using a shuttle barebones?

Hi
This is my project for tail end of 2009.
I intend to include a blu ray drive of some description
An X-fi sound board
A TV tuner card to allow use as a PVR
A decent graphics card such as one from the Nvidia 8000 series
An i7 Core chip
Anyone done anything similar and can give me some advice on whether it'll accommodate all that and what you'd recommend in terms of quiet fans.
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Re: building a media centre using a shuttle barebones?

Nah, PS3, PlayTV and a larger hard drive.

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techguy
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Re: building a media centre using a shuttle barebones?

should have said, intend to be able to surf the web too.
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Re: building a media centre using a shuttle barebones?

which I can also do on my ps3, also have a mac in another room serving up other media such as mp3.

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Re: building a media centre using a shuttle barebones?

I know its not all you want but haxe just been reorganasing my Maplin Media Box, 3/4 full now 4700 Jpegs,  2140 MP3 and 116 hrs of video., connects to pc via USB and tv via scart, AV or composite, has remote control and full on TV menu system cost less than £100 and its small
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Re: building a media centre using a shuttle barebones?

Forgot to say, I'm a PC (trhough not necessarily Windows based) and I hate Macs!!!
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Re: building a media centre using a shuttle barebones?

Nothing like limiting your options...  as my other option would have been a mac mini as it is practically silent and has good media servers.
Other option would be Linux running mythtv.

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Re: building a media centre using a shuttle barebones?

I'm thinking of doing something similar:
Shuttle/media pc style.
MythTV compatible.
Must be silent (or very quiet), preferably low power, and of decent spec.
Does anyone know if MythTV and *nix is happy with Bluray?  I should have a look at that.
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Re: building a media centre using a shuttle barebones?

Er maybe in a round about sort of way  Roll eyes
http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/index.php?title=Bluray

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Re: building a media centre using a shuttle barebones?

I thought Blu-ray wasn't taking off?
Isn't it the new Betamax  Cheesy

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Blu ray is doing just fine thank you  Smiley
I'm certainly doing my bit for it. It has about 4% of the market at the moment but it's still early days.

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techguy
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Re: building a media centre using a shuttle barebones?

Before its demise I'd have put my weight behind HD-DVD (as I do like Toshiba kit) but alas it is no more so blu ray is my only option now.
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Re: building a media centre using a shuttle barebones?

Can you actually tell the difference between blu-ray and DVD in normal film viewing?
I don't recall hearing any complaints about video tape when VHS was the only thing in town.  Cheesy

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I can, but I would say that wouldn't I  Smiley

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Re: building a media centre using a shuttle barebones?

I'd love to see both so the blind person can give a view Smiley