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- poofyhairguy - 2011-03-10 21:45

superorb Wrote:unless they want to bitstream audio to the receiver, then they need use software other than xbmc


- ph3arth35k1llz - 2011-03-11 10:51

cheers for all your help guys

is that just for DTS-HD/MA?
will I need to go optical to get any sound to my receiver e.g say i have a 1080p mkv file with a AC3/DTS 5.1 track will XBMC pass the track to my AV receiver to decode?

- poofyhairguy - 2011-03-11 21:06

ph3arth35k1llz Wrote:is that just for DTS-HD/MA?

yes. Normal DTS/AC3 bitstreams fine.

- ph3arth35k1llz - 2011-03-12 11:03

awesome thanks.

- zenbane - 2011-03-14 19:00

Excellent post, I am just starting out and this guide is exactly what I was looking for. I will post updates when I pull the trigger. Any thoughts on NAS? Do you have a similar guide? Thanks!

- eskro - 2011-03-14 20:46

sweet zenbane, good luck with your Build!

theres no really NAS guide yet Tongue


- T800 - 2011-03-15 10:48

I'm going to attempt to build the Intel i3 build at the start of this thread.

Would I be correct in thinking that the video outputs don't matter on the motherboard because the ones on the graphics card will be used (HDMI)?

- eskro - 2011-03-15 16:09

yes correct T800

- T800 - 2011-03-16 11:28

I'm steadily collecting my parts and should be ready to build in a few weeks.
Does the case (Antec Fusion) come with installation instructions or are there any other guides I can follow?
The most I've ever done is replaced a HDD in a iMac.

- eskro - 2011-03-16 15:19

installation instructions?
what do u wanna know?

- T800 - 2011-03-16 15:45

Everything!Big Grin

Where everything goes in the case and in what order?

What extra cables do I need?

I've read things about thermal paste....

When it's built do you just run a Windows 7 installer and install XBMC?

Full on newb here! Rofl

- bmcclure937 - 2011-03-16 16:21

Not to be rude... but there is far too much to cover here! Wink

Check this link

Some quick pointers. PSU first. Mobo second (be sure you are screwing into spacers, not directly into case).CPU. RAM. GPU. HDD/SSD. power cables from PSU to all components. mobo headers for USB ports, lights, fans, etc.

Thermal paste is used for the CPU. If you are using the stock cooler, it should come with some thermal compound pre-applied to the cooler (or sometimes in a little tube). Any cables should come with your mobo!

Once it is built, install your OS and get it running as desired. Then install software (including XBMC).

- eskro - 2011-03-16 16:27

well theres no really instructions per say..
yes theres a booklet but, barely says stuff...

i've installed the CPU + its Heat Sink Fan +RAM sticks
on the motherboard before placing it in the case.

then installed motherboard securely on the case....

the rest is pretty much plug and play from there....

u dont need xtra cables, everything u need is there...

if u bought a BOX'ed CPU it means everything is included...
no need to buy thermal paste as its already applied under the HeatSink....
makes the job easier Tongue

- T800 - 2011-03-16 17:34

Thanks guys!

No doubt I will be back when I'm ready to assemble.

- grnerd - 2011-03-16 18:49

My head spins at all of the possibilities. I would like to tell you all my situation, and have you recommend a build for me.

I would like to build a dedicated XBMC appliance, that works seamlessly as possible with my current AV equipment. I am dealing with a wife and two young kids that will be using this as well, so simplicity is the key. I feel that XBMC live on a SSD is the right way to go for me.

I will not be using it as a DVR, I will be streaming Netflix, I will want to rip my DVD collection to hard drive and be able to play it, my TV is only 720p, and audio will be piped to the reciever via optical cable.

So much to choose from.... what do you recommend?