HTPC MCE upgrade

ryanjg11

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Current HTPC Setup:
  • OS: Windows 7 Pro
  • Media App: Windows Media Center
  • Tuner: Hauppauge WinTV DCR-2650 Dual Tuner CableCard TV Tuner
  • Case: Silverstone Tek GD05B MicroATX HTPC Case
  • CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 B50 (garbage)
  • Motherboard: Biostar A880G+ Socket AM3
  • Video: Using integrated ATI Radeon HD 4250 built into motherboard (also garbage)
  • Television: Pioneer Kuro 50" Plasma

Outputting to an older Denon receiver (both video and audio over HDMI from the HTPC).

This setup has been just good enough, but I have noticed the system really lags when recording through MCE in the background. Also, it overheats during re-encoding (I've started using MCEBuddy to remove commercials, but it reboots every 15 minutes).

The HTPC is located in a entertainment/media console, with an open-back design for better ventilation. I understand this isn't an ideal situation, but I would like a new, more efficient setup that doesn't put out as much heat, but has plenty of processing horsepower for re-encodes in the background while watching TV.

The only components I'm attached to in the new setup are the case. I do like the SilverStone GD05B. I would be willing to consider a water cooler such as the Corsair H100i or similar. I think I would also like a dedicated graphics card.

Any recommendations? How about...

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150
CPU Cooler: CORSAIR Hydro Series H50 120mm Quiet Edition Liquid CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock H97M Pro4 LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI MicroATX Motherboard

Won't be playing games, nor be overclocked, so not sure whether a video card like a GeForce GTX 750 Ti would be beneficial? Or would that cause more issues than it's worth with HDMI audio/video output to the plasma?

Thanks!
 

Verge

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Video card is unnecessary if you aren't gaming.

New cou is light years better, make sure your disks aren't lagging everything.
 

fluke420

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An i5 would be overkill for a HTPC if you are not gaming. Go with the cheaper option, i3 or Celeron.

To give you an idea, I've got a Celeron G540; it allows me to record 3 shows from a HDHomerun Prime while watching a previously recorded show.
 

FnordMan

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An i5 would be overkill for a HTPC if you are not gaming. Go with the cheaper option, i3 or Celeron.

To give you an idea, I've got a Celeron G540; it allows me to record 3 shows from a HDHomerun Prime while watching a previously recorded show.

This, if you're not using something like Plex to do real-time transcodes in the background you don't need much for a HTPC. I had a rock bottom dual core AMD FM1 that served me for a long time. Handled Blu-Ray playback on the odd occasion that I needed it to. Only got retired because something goofy was going on with the hardware or something. (would not accept video codecs under 8.1 after a reformat)
 

1911Shootist

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The i5 is overkill, and discreet graphics are no longer needed in the HTPC. i3 does just fine without wasting extra bucks or electrons.
 

quiktake

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The i5 could be useful for PLEX when sending 1080 video or if you ever install any 24/7 software for security camera's, running servers, etc.
 
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