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nekoangel Avatar
2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
Hi all.

Finally have some cash to put down on some pc parts to replace the vga out laptop that handles my windows 8 xbmc set up.

This machine is as cheap as possible but with possible upgrades and I feel like it will do the job great.

Any further suggestions or bits I may have missed would be much apprecitaed.

Here goes:

G1820 1150 Haswell cpu
MSI h81 e33 micro atx motheeboard
4gb 133 ram (whatever is cheap really)
Apex 318 case with built in250watt psu.

Now I won the case on eBay recently and it's about right for what I was after so please bear in mind the psu and form factor when suggesting parts.

I'm curious as to what people think I can do with a set up like this as im doing very well off an under powered laptop atm.

Upgrades for the future may include a 750ti or similar low profile card. A TV tuner or possibly a sound card.

Sorry for the wall of text but I value your options very much.

And to give you an idea of what I'm using xbmc for atm its mainly 1080p TV and movies only.

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2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
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#1
Have you considered the microservers that have popped up in some recent deals?

http://www.hotukdeals.com/search?action=search&keywords=microserver&category=0&type=1&date_range=30&sort_type=relevance

Very robust and there's lots of them about. I've found this option was best, added a cheap graphics card for £25 and I've got a HTPC, file server, web browsing machine able to do light gaming and emulation to boot. Loads of expansion space for your library to grow into and cheap to run it.

Another plus point for my decision to buy one is the sheer volume of people that do, so it means that a lot of things have been trialled and tested, there's custom bios files, mods and tweaks to keep you busy tinkering and making it better for years. I'm still tinkering in mine over 2 years after getting one. And of course that volume of people means that if you have an issue there's likely a few others that have come across it and resolved the problem before you.
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Astec123
Have you considered the microservers that have popped up in some recent deals?

http://www.hotukdeals.com/search?action=search&keywords=microserver&category=0&type=1&date_range=30&sort_type=relevance

Very robust and there's lots of them about. I've found this option was best, added a cheap graphics card for £25 and I've got a HTPC, file server, web browsing machine able to do light gaming and emulation to boot. Loads of expansion space for your library to grow into and cheap to run it.

Another plus point for my decision to buy one is the sheer volume of people that do, so it means that a lot of things have been trialled and tested, there's custom bios files, mods and tweaks to keep you busy tinkering and making it better for years. I'm still tinkering in mine over 2 years after getting one. And of course that volume of people means that if you have an issue there's likely a few others that have come across it and resolved the problem before you.


I was actually going to get one of these separately anyway.

I'll have to see how far they can go. Media wise.

Thanks For the suggestion I'll look into it!
#3
Just throwing another option out there, particularly for tv and movies. I picked up an n36l microserver (2 generations old) sealed for £60 setup with whichever OS you are happy with, put plex on it and configured to start without user login and to auto refresh libraries and got a chromecast from here for £22. The most simple setup possible and if you get a chromecast with unused code that pays for plex on play and money left over. No noise whatsoever and if your TV has a usb port the there are no wires that even leave the TV.
#4
Just to add the only thing that can hold you back if its not up to scratch is your router.
#5
That option also sounds good.

I have bt fibre optic with all there standard gear.

I'm really trying to stay in the Windows format for options further down the line and have not personally used plex.

Will the set up above play 1080p with issues?

I think I the end I want a file server and a separate htpc box.

All these options do make me wonder if I've made the right choice though. The only thing that concerns me is that with older gear or thing like small chromecast boxes is that they lack the grunt to do anything other than small media.
#6
I get 1080p over my rubbish virgin not so super hub. BTW my server has WHS11 on it with plex on top, you could do the same on top of your htpc box and stream to other receivers if you have the need. Have also been able to stream to my hard wired smart tv downstairs and to my chromecast upstairs at the same time. Not tried 2 via wireless as the router won't allow that, upgrading it soon.

If it's just tv and movies chromecast and plex is perfect. There is also stuff like iplayer. Really hoping more apps get behind chromecast soon.
#7
Added bonus with plex on a server, you can log in via a browser or mobile app and stream off of your server anywhere. I have watched tv on my mobile on my lunch at work. :)
#8
Woukd you really rate plex over xbmc that much?

Not that it's a major issue but everyone in the flat has the xbmc remote on the phones and plex would then cost us all some money. Not a huge amount but enough for them to give me grief for chasing lol.

It's super tempting to get just a sever now and a discrete card. I can always make an htpc later and switch the card out I guess.

You have given me some real food for thought here.

I was contemplating making it to retro gaming machine too and it will be used for music also but gaming is non essential I think as I have a gaming pc in the bedroom already.
#9
I have had limited use with xbmc and that was on a android tv box. Plex literally so slick and easy all you have to do is point it at the media locations and it does the job for you. Finds all the info for the media, updates itself gets covers etc. I don't see a reason why you couldn't run both and see what you prefer. My girlfriend has zero interest in tech but is able to launch and cast through plex.
#10
I've been reading a bunch about it all again and there are just as many people saying set up one box as two. So I think I'll set up the htpc from home built parts as it would be more powerful and customizable in the future and for now I may run it as a server too via plex. Then I think a nas is needed so I'm not making one box do all the work.

I really need to try plex out I think as ive just got my xbmc library sorted right and even the Mrs can use it ok.

I am still very tempted to build an all on one nas htpc though.

So for general htpc duties does what I have above seem strong enough?
#11
Easily, if the microserver can do the job, that will be more than enough.

Just keep in mind power consumption, that is the main reason for the HP, very low consumption. Your choice of cpu is rated at 53w alone, that's more than my entire server idles at.
#12
Yeah I agree power consumption is an issue but I plan to boot the machine on when needed. Going to pop a small ssd in there.

I'm still having issues understanding transcoding and how much grunt the server would need to ship the info to various machines. But it seems any hp server should do the job.

I think I'll run the plex server and use xbmc on the front end as it's much more powerful than plex by my understanding. The i can also connect outside the flat as im using plex sever too if I understand it all ok.

Woukd you make any changes to the htpc itself?

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