Originally Posted by n737nc
I've been interested in building a home theater computer for quite some time now. The main reason I want to do this is to store all of my movies(I have about 400+ movies). I'm not afraid to get external storage.
Couple of questions that I have;
1-How good of an upconversion can I get through a computer? Right now, I'm just playing disks through a Toshiba HD DVD player, and the upconversion is amazing! There are quite a few SD disks that come accross as good as HDTV(not as good as HD DVD's, but close). I want the computer to do the same or better.
2-Sound cards. How good are sound cards on computers?
3-How cheap can this be done?
Like I said, the main reason for doing this is to have a place to store all of my movies and be able to lable them in catagories. It's a pain in the butt trying to flip through 400+ movies and find what I want to watch. It would be so much easier to do it through a computer.
I am building my second HE computer now. My first one just got taken from the living room and became my wife's office computer. I'm building a micro ATX machine this time. Here's a couple of things I did if it's of any help.
BOXDG33TLM LGA775 Intel G33 MATX motherboard: It has DVI and VGA outputs on board along with optical output for 8 channel sound. Connections are 8 USB 2.0, 6 SATA (1 external), and firewire. I was more board than I needed, but it's room to grow. ($126.99)
Dual Core 1.8 GHz processor: I did lots of reading, and this seems to be the best bang for the buck because it's very stable overclocked to 3.2+ ($93.50)
Thermaltake 500W power supply: ($45 after rebate)
Rosewill CPU cooler: $10 after instant rebate
ATECH 11-in-1 flash reader to go in the floppy bay ($19.99 after instant rebate)
Corsair XMS2 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 800 speed ram ($67 after rebate)
PNY VCG8400SXPB GeForce 8400GS 256 MB GDDR2 PCI-E 16x vid card ($60 after rebate): The board has on board video, but I got another vid card so I can send one signal to the LCD tv and another to the DLP projector.
Seagate 320Gb SATA 3.0 Gb/s hard drive ($80 -- I already have a 500 Gb drive to go in it).
Samsung DVD-RW 16x dual layer light scribe drive ($30 after rebate a few months ago).
I got a nice case at Fry's for $10 after rebate a few months ago to hold it all and I already have an XP license at home from an old machine.
I already have a TV tuner card from the old machine to go in it as well.
Now, as for upconversion, the only way to accomplish that is with software. I researched several months back and couldn't find anything that was worthwhile in my search, but maybe someone else can come back with more info. I'm saving one optical drive bay for whenever Blu-ray or HD-DVD drives come down.