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I am in the process of building my HTPC with an RS482. I am looking for suggestions in regard to PVR and case choices. I am stuck with Direct TV(Hughes net) satellite dish reception. I do not have the option of cable, so as far as I know everything has to go through the Satellite receiver. I do have component out (R/G/B) from the receiver that will give me a high def signal to record. Please do not confuse this with component out.

 

Unfortunately most of the mAtx boards that I have seen only have a component in that goes through the sVideo with an adapter. Doesn't that sort of defeat the purpose of trying to record from an HD Receiver? I am still looking for a PVR with component input at well. I certainly would like a dual tuner such as Nvidia has to offer, but of course I would like to have the component inputs. If I am mistaken in what I am looking for here, then someone please correct me.

 

Cases, are another animal. Currently I am running windows MCE but I may be moving to Vista. I do have RC1 running on another machine and we are exploring that possiblity. I know I want a case that will hold several hard drives, and allow full height video cards. I certainly do not want a case I have to mod and I would like it to include the sensor so I can use the MCE remote and keyboard.

 

Any suggestions are welcome.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Jason

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I like it. Looks clean and the price is right too. Much better price then the link I provided.

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As for the PVR it just depends how wild or mild you want to go...

 

right now I am using/testing this one.... so far it works great..

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16815153002

 

for a budget price it's worth it..but for quality you may be better suited for something else...

 

I am Not saying the quality isnt there... but is a basic card that can be used for PVR ans works rather well doing it....very easy to set up and use...

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Comicdom, that's a decent looking case you linked to, but I just would like to point out that it's using dual 60MM fans for cooling.

 

I built an HTPC rig in a case which used a single 60MM, and had quite a time trying to keep a balance between cooling and quiet. It's difficult to find a 60MM that has decent airflow and low noise due to the RPM's necessary. I wound up using a Zalman "Fanmate" on mine, and settled for higher temps than I would normally like in a rig.

 

I believe Antec has an HTPC case which uses 2x120MM fans on the side panel for exhaust, but I don't remember the model. Might be worth checking out!

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What kind of satellite receiver is it? If it has firewire, it may be possible.

That Nextcom looks like a scam to me. First they take your 500 dollars then they steal the STB you sent them. Notice how they recently changed their address. lol.

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I have a Toshiba DST-3100 Hi Def receiver. People have complained about the fan noise, but to be honest, I have so much other stuff running including an air conditioner, I do not really hear it.

 

Jason

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For an inexpensive HTPC case, I'm rather partial to the Antec NSK2400.

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16811129014

 

Sure it's not brushed aluminum, doesn't have a VFD or TFT, but it does the job exactly as required, has quiet 120mm fans, and looks quite nice as far as I'm concerned.

 

The nMedia is also a nice option, but I find the front cluttered. The Antec Fusion is a few bucks less, has a VFD and 120mm fans and comes with a silent 430W PSU - generally lots enough for an HTPC.

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16811129131

 

Frankly, I also wonder why more people don't just buy a junker case and hide it in the closet. I can't imagine many reasons that one would really need to interact with the actual case (my KB, mouse and remote are bluetooth/RF). How often do you actually load a DVD into your HTPC? I imagine 99.9% of people will be streaming audio and video and don't need optical drive functionality - except maybe to install windows.

 

I run a watercooled P180 that is literally stuffed in a corner. I can still access it if I need to, but honestly it's been running 24/7 for about 5 months now and I haven't had a need to.

 

I mean if you absolutely must put your case into an AV rack, then by all means buy a pretty one. Just don't be surprised if the only time you touch it is to wipe the dust off it.

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Ah, thank you politbureau!

 

That's the Antec case I was thinking of mentioned in my earlier post with the 2x120MM fans!

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