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#46
What's the consensus on GT 520 as opposed to GT 430??

In this guide GT 430 is recommended for 3D, but I believe GT 520 also has HDMI 1.4a and is cheaper and there are fanless low profile options. I guess it is supposed to be less powerful (64bit vs 128bit), but for an htpc, are there any advantages in going with a GT 430?

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#47
if your going to record live HDTV,
GT430 is better in de-interlacing 1080i content...
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#48
Oh no, I won't have anything to do with live tv :-P

I cut the cable two years ago, and I have espn3 for international soccer (xbmc addon works really well) :-)
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#49
then GT520 is perfect!
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#50
Hi,

I'm in Group 3 but additionally I want:

- A responsive XBMC-UI on Eden with many skins
- Be able to browse the web and play flash and/or HTML5 movies (like southpark.com)
- Emulate N64 and SNES

Would that match group 5 then?
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#51
i'd say yes, better to go GROUP #5
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#52
I am running a Foxconn A7GM-S AMD 780G 5.2GT/s assisted by a Radeon HD 4670 with 1gb..what group am I in

Thanks
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#53
GROUP#5 to me
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#54
I'm a Group #2:
Mostly SDTV with occasional 720 content..

Mostly just looking for a Kitchen HTPC, getting a little bored and frustrated by XBOX's limitations. My main question is does ATV2 handle lightwieght/medium skins like Confluence/Focus/Carmichael/Alaska well?
Image

Check out The Carmichael - A Skin For XBMC

Check out Night - A Skin For XBMC

Check out Unfinished - A Skin For XBMC
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#55
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I appear to be in group #1, as I don't own a HDTV. I just have this old thing with only two SCART connections. It serves me well, so I'm not immediately planning to buy a new TV. However I understand that XBMC no longer supports Xbox, so what would be the recommendation these days?

A second thing I would like to ask is that maybe I would prefer to find a solution that prepares me for the future, i.e. it might very well be that my trusty old TV dies on me within the next year, so I would like a solution that I can use on my current TV with just the SCART connection (a S-video to SCART adapter is no problem) and that I could use in case I get a new HDTV. (I guess I would be in group #3 if I had a HDTV.)

BTW, I have a set of USB hard drives that I liked to keep using, but I guess most solutions will have some USB ports.
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#56
Group #69 Wink
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#57
Beer40oz Wrote:Group #69 Wink
That's very funny...no, s-video should be in group #68 and older! Laugh
>Alienware X51- do it all HTPC
>Simplify XBMC configurations
>HOW-TO Bitstreaming using XBMC
I refused to watch movie without bitstreaming HD audio!
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#58
Beer40oz Wrote:Group #69 Wink

Eek
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#59
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Hi eskro, thanks for the awesome guides!

I think I fall into Group #6. I plan to run Linux (XBMC Live, or GeeXboX, or OpenELEC).

I am thinking the Zotac ZBOX-AD02-U would suit my needs well. The main thing I'm wondering about is if it will be able to handle 1080p Flash video (flv/f4v) without tearing, skipping, artifacts, out-of-sync, etc. Can it do this in XBMC on Linux?

Also, I'm not sure if I want to spring for an SSD, or cheap out and try a USB thumb drive for the OS. (I will have bulk storage on the gigabit LAN.) Will the thumb drive be sufficient for any of the distros I mentioned above? Would there be a noticeable performance hit? Will swapping kill it?

Thanks very much for any help.

eskro Wrote:Group #6
* HDTV possess HDMI ports
* wants to play SD movies (DivX, XviD)
* wants to play DVD movies
* wants to play 720P movies
* wants to play 1080P movies
* wants to stream 1080P Hulu content
* wants to stream 1080P Netflix movies (Windows only)
* wants to Bistream HD-Audio

Best Served By?
* any of eSkRo's Builds + HD5450 (Windows only)
* Zotac ZBOX-AD02-U
* Zotac ZBOX-AD03BR-U
* Foxconn NTA350-0H0W-B-A-NA
* Jetway HBJC200C85-350-B



Group #7
* HDTV possess HDMI ports
* wants to play SD movies (DivX, XviD)
* wants to play DVD movies
* wants to play 720P movies
* wants to play 1080P movies
* wants to stream 1080P Hulu content
* wants to stream 1080P Netflix movies (Windows only)
* wants to Bistream HD-Audio
* wants to play 3D 1080P movies

Best Served By?
* any of eSkRo's Builds + GT430
* any of eSkRo's Builds + HD6450 (Windows only)
* Asrock Vision 3D
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#60
http://www.viako.com/viako/product_view.asp?idx=398

what you guys think about this.. ?

asking around 600 dollars here in Korea.
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