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THG Build 4 HDMI-Based Home Theater PCs

Join a a Sony STR-DA5200ES receiver, a Xbox 360 HD-DVD player, a Pioneer BDR-101A Blu-ray drive, a Microsoft MCE remote and IR transceiver, two Graphics Card Asus EN7600GT and an AVerMedia AverTV HD MCE A180 HDTV tuner card and create from the scratch the ultimate Home Theater PC.

They also talk about HDCP, with workarounds and various alternatives of hardware components.

The impetus for this story was to explore the workability of building one's own HDMI-and hi-definition DVD player equipped PC. While THG were ultimately successful in our quest for this goal - and wow, is this landscape changing daily as new HDMI-equipped graphics cards and motherboards hit the marketplace - they learned numerous interesting things along the way as they groped toward both Intel and AMD implementations for a mid- to high-end media-capable system.

In this story, they'll provide benchmarks for both AMD- and Intel-based solutions and report on our experiences in pulling benchmarks together. They'll also discuss some powerful and potentially disturbing trade-offs would-be system builders must face, and some newly announced products (which alas, they were unable to obtain and review in time for this story) that may come to the rescue when putting your own DIY HDMI- and high-definition DVD media system together.

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