Advice building a Home Theatre PC.
First of all I want to thank PJPro for introducing me to WASAPI, EAC with Accurate Rip and Foobar2000. I have a Marantz SR4200 with a pair of Mission M70 speakers perched on a bookshelf above my computer desk. I was using iTunes with all my CD's ripped at 256kb AAC plumbed via a Realtek onboard soundcard digital coax. I recently bought Depeche Modes 'Sounds Of The Universe', at the end there is a hidden ditty and I enjoyed the sound of distant spooky background noise until I realised that the noise should be silence. After following your article I ripped the CD with FLAC and enabled WASAPI through Foobar2000, my jaw dropped with the improvement in clarity. I've now ordered a Terabyte hard drive to store my larger reripped CD collection. As usual reading WhatHiFi costs me money
This leads me onto the above question. I want to build a HTPC incorporating DVBS-2, BluRay and Wireless Internet. I like the look of the Antec Fusion case as a place to start as it will not look out of place with present A/V gear. I have surplus at the moment an E8500 cpu and 2gb DDR3 memory. So my shopping list should be the following;
- PC case
- Micro ATX motherboard (with BluRay decoding and DDR3 capability)
- DVBS-2 card
- Wireless Internet
- CPU cooler
- Graphics card
Can I have advice on what to buy, my budget is approx €800?
Secondly am I wasting my time?
My amp won't support TrueHD decoding so my only option would be to interconnect from the motherboard and I fear this would sound awful.
I want to plumb my music via optical/digital interconnect to my Sony STR-DA1200ES hoping for an upgrade in musical quality, would I be better to risk divorce and buy the DACMagic as well?