I am finally getting a 1080p tv and would like to be able to get some 1080p content to it and this project seems like what i want. I currently use an xbox with xbmc on it to grab files off a windows home server and play them on my sd tv and love how it works. From what i understand they are porting xbmc to linux but it wont be ready for a while...so i was hoping this mce will do what i want. Would any users please tell me there experiences with linux mce and playing 1080p video encoded in x264 using a .mkv wrapper. I understand that i am going to be needing a hardware update as well to handle 1080p content so could you guys/gals(gotta be politically correct lol) give me some hardware recommendations, i would like to do it on the cheap since the tv already took most of my upgrade budget...but hey couldn't pass up such a great black friday deal.
This is what i have researched already(please correct me if i am wrong) and have chosen as possible parts:
Well first for the core i am planning on converting my windows home server. The specs on it are:
CPU- Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Windsor 2.2GHz
Motherboard- BIOSTAR TForce TF7025-M2
Memory- 1gb corsair ddr2 800
Video card-uses the integrated geforce 7025
2 hard drives
Will this be ok for a core computer, it is just going to stream the file to the media director right? Its not doing any decoding locally is it?
For the media director(1080p on the cheap
CPU- Athlon 64 X2(haven't picked a speed yet, hopping to get some feedback on one that would do what i want, and if the 4200+ is adequate i would probably pull it from the server and use a weaker one there, sempron should be ok for the core right?)
Motherboard- BIOSTAR TForce TF7050-M2 (this board has got hdmi output and decent specs overall)
Memory- 1gb corsair ddr2 800(almost a shame breaking the set apart but this should be enough right?)
Video card- i am hoping to use the integrated geforce 7050 as this will keep the costs down, i was also looking at the amd 690g boards but from what i understand ati graphics are not that well supported in linux and the hardware accelerated video decoding that they both have (720p on the geforce and 1080p on the amd) is not supported, is my understanding correct?
Hard drive-was going to use the network boot so no hd....should really check and make sure the board has it though
Linking the whole network with gigabit so bandwidth between computers should not be a problem. But would also like peoples input on 802.11g wireless for the media director as a possibility so i can move the computer between rooms in the future.
I will continue doing research on my own and post what i find but would love some input from this community, especially hardware recommendations and if this setup is at all possible. Oh and sorry if this is a long post but i like getting everything out at once.