Prestige Worldwide wrote:I'm extremely impressed and pleased with the temps I'm getting @ 4GHz with the Hyper 212 evo
Prestige Worldwide wrote:Going into setting it up in the living room, what problems should I expect? I.e. overscan issues through HDMI, DPI feeling strange compared to a monitor, aliens stealing my babes, etc...
Chrispy_ wrote:Most TV's have one or more HDMI inputs specifically labelled as DVI or HDMI/DVI; use this one if you can. On some TV's this is the only input that allows unmodified, 1:1 pixel mapping - with the other inputs going through a scaler with overscan.
Also look for "modes" for that specific input. Often you will want to avoid things like "game" or "DVD" because they add noise-reduction, contrast enhancements and edge enhancement which can ruin picture quality from a PC. The ideal setting is one that does nothing at all (let your graphics card handle it) and is usually called "PC" or "DVI".
I also find it much better to let the GPU do resolution scaling, if you intend to run at anything other than native res. Your HDTV will probably screw up aspect ratio at some resolutions, whilst your GPU won't. Set the TV to 1080p60 or 720p60 and do everything else via the graphics driver.
Migustus wrote:Hahah, I did the same thing a week ago. As I've gotten older, I've realized I don't play games... except for ruzzle on my phone. In my bedroom I have a rig I built idk 4 years ago? Anyway I use it for TV and movies, I didnt even have a monitor connected anymore, just a TV. So I decided to take out the crossfire setup completely, the fan noise was a KILLER, and replaced with an with a fanless Radeon HD6450. I've also added a small SSD for the OS and use the spinners to hold media. For video capture I use a Hauppauge HVR-2250 with IR blaster to control a Motorola DCT700. I use windows media center under windows 8 to watch and record TV. For a remote control, I don't use the receiver/remote that came with the Hauppauge because the range I found to be no bueno. Instead the IR receiver from a Azend Group MediaGate GP-IR02BK I got from amazon. For the remote, I use a Logitech harmony 300. FYI, idk if Logitech makes that remote anymore b/c I don't see it on the website. The only reason I got it was because it was cheap and can control both the TV and PC. I also liked how you can custom map the buttons using the Logitech website. Overall the setup works well. The CPU is an AMD Phenom II x6... T1055 I believe.
I own two HTPC's both in different rooms and set one up for my parents. These are my experiences encountered with the different setups. In my original HTPC I had an AMD Athlon II x2, and yeah buddy, it worked... but don't count on using third party software to compress and remove commercials from recordings in the background, because the thing slowed a lot. Even with an SSD and ample ram. I used the same video card in that build, a Radeon HD6450. After I upgraded to a Quad core Athlon II X4 the background lag issues went away. I went Athlon instead of Phenom because they don't get nearly as hot, and dislike fan noise when watching TV.
On my parents HTPC I took a different approach. It was an old first gen Phenom X4. I upgraded it to 8gb ram, added an SSD for windows, with the spinner used for recording. I used a Radeon HD5450 (time was short on my visit, so a quickie Office Depot purchase). Instead of a Hauppauge card I used a Three Tuner HD Homerun prime, with cable card. For them I used this premium route, since they pay ALOT more than I do for TV and hence should be able to get their HD. Even though the Phenom was older, it works fine for background compression and removing commercials. I've experienced no lag what so ever, when watching full HD TV on it. The homerun prime is also nice because it can be used to send TV signal to any PC in your home. One thing I recommend however, is a good rounter. Not one of those cheapo 600N deals from Walmart, but something that can handle multiple HD streams. This is important if say someone is watching TV in the family room, and someone else is doing Youtube in another etc...
And one last thing. I have experienced a this same problem in all my HTPC builds, and I think its because of the AMD driver. In windows media center for some reason the digital cable advisor test fails, even though the hardware is more than capable. To get around the issue I found a third party program on the internets that basically forces the test to pass. I have read Nvidia GPU's don't experience this issueas often. So you may want to consider a fanless Nvidia Geforce as an alternative.
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