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Hi Eskro

Great topic. Very usefull!

I'm fairly new to XBMC and I think I'm in group 6/7

Group 6 because I'm thinking of buying the Zotac ZBOX Blu-ray AD05
And group 7 because I would like to view full hd 3d movies.

Is it not possible to watch 3d movies with the Zotac ZBOX Blu-ray AD05 then? If it's possible you should move the Zotac ZBOX Blu-ray AD05 to group 7 :-)
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(2012-08-28, 10:54)casteunis Wrote: Hi Eskro

Great topic. Very usefull!

I'm fairly new to XBMC and I think I'm in group 6/7

Group 6 because I'm thinking of buying the Zotac ZBOX Blu-ray AD05
And group 7 because I would like to view full hd 3d movies.

Is it not possible to watch 3d movies with the Zotac ZBOX Blu-ray AD05 then? If it's possible you should move the Zotac ZBOX Blu-ray AD05 to group 7 :-)

I think you are missing the point............decide what you want the HTPC to be capable of and then buy the required hardware. Don't buy the hardware first and then try to jam it into your preferred group.Confused

David
HTPC1: Intel Pentium G620, 4GB RAM, AMD HD6570, Samsung 830 SSD, Silverstone GD05 case.
HTPC2: AMD Athlon II X2 255, 4GB RAM, AMD HD5450, Western Digital HDD, Silverstone ML03 case.
HTPC3: AMD E350, 4GB RAM, AMD HD6310, OCZ Agility 3 SSD, Akasa Crypto case.
Media Server: i3-3220, 8gb RAM, WHS 2011, 8tb capacity, Fractal Design ARC Midi R2 case.
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* 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 run atop linux
* wants to play almost exclusively LOCAL media / [LAN]

* wants to stream The Blaze TV in 1080p HD
** functional GBTV plugin available but not yet HD



+ Discovered that astraweb costs less than hulu plus.
+ Is not a media pirate, but doesn't judge others.
+ does not believe in wifi for HD media [or otherwise], and does not desire discourse with fanbois
+ neither AMD nor ATI are acceptable. Again does not desire discourse with fanbois.

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Group 7 here. God, I am such a whore to consumerism.
HTPC Specs
NAS Server Specs
Home Theater: Mitsubishi WD-73C10 73 inch 3D DLP | Onkyo TX-NR515
Consoles: Dreamcast | Playstation 2 | Xbox | Xbox 360 | Playstation 3 | Playstation 4
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Hi, I've just started doing research on my XBMC needs, and while I'm quite tech savvy, I'm quite confused.

What I want:
- HD 1080P
- HD Bitstream

Options:
-nettop
-android set top box

My confusion regarding capabilities regarding my needs is due to the several configurations available, eg, Linux, windows, android..etc
and with new machines like the G-box on Android and/or nettop machine conbined with latest XBMC version have me very confused.

Can someone please help me to find the absolute cheapest easiest solution?

Note that I want 2 machines, one for living room home theater where my receiver will do the bulk of audio decoding, and other machine for bedroom where just connected to TV via HDMI.

I think I'm group 6 because of the bitstream, but in reading, the latest version of XBMC can bitstream audio.....also why is it that the zotox boxes use AMD for bitstream and intel for the lower group?

Thanks everyone....looking forward to respones
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(2012-10-09, 20:29)dmeinder Wrote: I think I'm group 6 because of the bitstream, but in reading, the latest version of XBMC can bitstream audio.....also why is it that the zotox boxes use AMD for bitstream and intel for the lower group?
Intel HD1000/newer and AMD HD5450/newer should be able to playback 1080p video and bitstreaming HD audio....

>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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Just out of interest for a newbie, as this was posted over a year ago, how would you change it today?

Thanks

Stram

(2011-09-11, 03:07)eskro Wrote: get something like this

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[CPU] Intel Pentium G840 Dual-Core 2.6GHz LGA-1155 65W ($85 + $0)
[MOBO] GIGABYTE GA-H67N-USB3-B3 LGA-1155 SATA-III mITX ($95 + $0)
[GPU] PowerColor HD6450 1GB DDR3 64-bit Low Profile ($47 + $0)
[CASE+PSU] Apex MI-100 Black mITX 250W ($55 + $0)
[FAN] SilenX IXP-74-09 120mm 800RPM 38CFM 9dBA ($13 + $0)
[RAM] Kingston HyperX 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz CL7 ($38 + $0)
[SSD] Corsair Force 40GB 2.5" SATAII Trim Read:280MB/s Write:270MB/s ($90 + $0)
TOTAL: $423

* 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

enlighten'ed enough!?

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If you wanted to stick as close to this as possible but be more up-to-date (Ivy Bridge)

Pentium G2120
H77 motherboard
No video card (integrated GPU is good enough for 95% of features and can always be added later)
Apex MI-008, MI100 or Rosewill RS-MI-01
Silenx IXP-76-18, EFX-12-12 or EFX-12-15
Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR3-1600
Crucial m4 or Samsumg 830 64GB SSD (or 128GB when on sale for $20 more)
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Will a Core i5 / HD 4000 enough for 3D 1080p (Group #7)
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(2012-11-03, 22:51)audio.addicted Wrote: Will a Core i5 / HD 4000 enough for 3D 1080p (Group #7)
It's more than enough......or this cheaper AMD A6-5400K....

>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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What is the best HTPC option for a truly #7 group having the size of a ZBOX?

I read about the ZBOX ID82, but it looks like the HD 3000 is a little short for some video formats.
I also want to use it for console emulators like Dolphin.

So it must be a SFF like ZBOX, enough power for FULL SBS 3D movies and console emulators.
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(2012-11-10, 10:27)Emisand Wrote: So it must be a SFF like ZBOX, enough power for FULL SBS 3D movies and console emulators.
If 3d is your main concern, you might want to check out "ASRock's Vision HT 321B", and this guy tested several mini HTPC- The HTPC Experience. It's the most consistence with all the tests they threw at it.....

Or this beautiful "Arctic MC101 Barebone (A10)"......it's equipped with the most powerful iGPU of all all-in-one CPU...

>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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Group 8 ??

all of group 7 plus add:
wants to stream & record (up to 3 streams) live TV with HD Homerun Prime

Is that a viable group here?

Edit, after reading thread, I see that is a viable group as this post reveals: http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid...pid1077622
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(2012-09-07, 22:26)UsefulbitsNet Wrote: * 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 run atop linux
* wants to play almost exclusively LOCAL media / [LAN]

* wants to stream The Blaze TV in 1080p HD
** functional GBTV plugin available but not yet HD

+ Discovered that astraweb costs less than hulu plus.
+ Is not a media pirate, but doesn't judge others.
+ does not believe in wifi for HD media [or otherwise], and does not desire discourse with fanbois
+ neither AMD nor ATI are acceptable. Again does not desire discourse with fanbois.

I think the device I have fits the bill. Shuttle XS35GTv2 (2nd generation ION platform: Intel Atom with onboard NVIDIA card) running xbmcbuntu with full vdpau acceleration.

CPU usage during video playback is <10% because everything gets offloaded

* Concerning the streaming of The Blaze I can't advice you. I think it might clash with your preference for linux.

+ Why use deragatory terms on this forum? You could have just stated you do not want/prefer not to have AMD or ATI processors in the system.
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Will the Giada Slim i33 fit into group 6? I'm specifically interested if it will bitstream hires audio with frodo.

Thanks.
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