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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: April 23, 2014, 05:15:16 PM
Yeah, sucks tho that GoT wont be on Amazon until 3 years after air date...  Roll Eyes
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 22, 2014, 12:27:31 PM
I'd get one of these http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Synology/DS214play/ before I spent that much on a HTPC, then just stream content to all TV's with the Plex app on Roku's.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 21, 2014, 05:30:22 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 21, 2014, 05:18:23 PM

Since I work for Directv I probably shouldn't be helping you guys cut the cord lol.  But...  as far as OTA is concerned, it's really all about your physical location (including things like trees, etc) and the antenna you use.  This is a great website to get you started:

http://www.antennaweb.org/

Signal strength is generally not an issue, but depending on what's around you where you live, you could get crazy interference.  Or if you're lucky, even a super cheap indoor antenna will work fine. 


Yeah I got a ~$10 indoor one from Amazon to try first. I need to give it a try but I've been tied up for the last month working on my sum bitch bastard car  mad mad Head meets wall Head meets wall
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 21, 2014, 04:27:25 PM

Quote from: naednek on April 21, 2014, 03:46:29 PM

Quote from: naednek on April 18, 2014, 10:12:07 PM

So this October my Directv contract expires.  I'm cutting the cord then... 

What I want to do is to use my spare PC as a media center/DVR.  The thing is, it may require some updates to the hardware (I think it's a Intel E3500 with 4 or 8 GB of ram, and a GEFORCE 6900? Video card) I'm thinking I'll need a new video card because it's only DVI.  I think ideally I want an HDMI type of card.

Couple of questions...

1: Do you think I should upgrade this a little?  Obviously I'll need a tuner card.
2: I have some SATA HD's but they're not fast.  Should I get a SSD card for it?
3: What OTA should I be looking into?  I have an attic, but don't really want to run cable down the wall, and we're planning on moving in the next year and I don't want to put much effort.  What OTA should I consider getting?  I don't have a budget yet, so I'm open to anything. 


What we're planning on watching


1: OTA TV shows (recorded to DVR and watched later, having kids and trying sit for 10 minutes, is nearly impossible at the moment.  We really need something that we can pause at any time)
2:Sports (mainly football, and baseball.  I don't watch baseball religiously, but football, mainly the niners are broadcasted OTA, but I know I won't be able to watch TNF or MNF)
3: Some cable shows. (TNT, FX, TLC(Wife)  I'm assuming hulu might carry some or some other video service. 
4: We have Amazon Prime, and might consider Redbox or Netflix for streaming movies.  Hulu will more than likely be used as well.
5: I have ahem movies on my hard drive that we could use as well.

So, is going with a media center the best route, or should I be looking at Chromecast/Roku instead?  Our obvious goal is lower the bills.  Tivo probably won't do that.  I'm ok with buying the hardware upgrades up front because it's a one time charge.  Hulu is cheap a month, and Prime is technically free.  So I'm assuming our monthly TV/Movie bills would be under $20 a month.

Anyone have a good site for home built DVR?  I saw someone link to one, but I can't find it.

So back to my question from the last page.  Didn't get any responses and would like to have some input for those have gone away from subscription TV

Bad thing IS WMC isn't being supported anymore so you'd need to research other offerings. That said I'll be using roku's on the TV's for streaming and then the CM DVR+ to DVR the OTA channels. We currently sub to Netflix, Hulu+ & Amazon Prime.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 21, 2014, 11:10:34 AM

Quote from: naednek on April 21, 2014, 04:28:30 AM

hmmmm that looks good.  I wonder if they other services than VUDU... like hulu, amazon prime, netflix, or redbox?  Could I get chromechast and have that intergrated into that for DVRing?

I don't think so atm, but it says they are working on others. I also did read somewhere they are working on something for it to enable whole home DVR functionality.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 20, 2014, 11:47:07 AM
For an OTA DVR, I'll be getting one of these http://www.channelmaster.com/Products_s/329.htm when I cut the cord when my DTV contract is up in August. The CM DVR+ doesn't have a sub which I really like...
87  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need a new router. Help Please on: April 08, 2014, 03:03:18 PM
An Asus RTN16 with tomato firmware on it is the way to go.
88  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New gaming computer? Where to buy? on: April 01, 2014, 02:56:21 AM
Yeah lee its a shame most of these gaming PC's are sooo bling on the case now days, I love my plain ole black Corsair 550D case (and its REALLY quiet too). Another good gaming PC builder is doghousesystems.com but as with Falcon NW they aren't cheap.
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: AT&T Wireless New Mobile Share Plan - Really? on: March 25, 2014, 06:30:08 PM
I switched to this plan and my bill went from 230/mo to 160/mo for 4 lines. Catch is like someone else said, have to use Next to get a new phone.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I bought a Wii U on: March 06, 2014, 10:08:44 AM
Heh, I picked one up too last week specifically for Tropical Freeze. Daughter has been hogging it tho playing the crap out of Mario Cart...  mad
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bitcoin explained on: March 06, 2014, 10:04:05 AM
Saw a news story the other day where some guy in Wisconsin (IIRC) that is offering to sell his house for 100,000,000 Dogecoin...
92  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Specs for a new gaming computer on: March 03, 2014, 10:25:25 AM
The WEI benchmark isn't terribly accurate to gauge a high end pc these days, my current rig (2yrs old in May) gets a 7.6 (processor, i5 2500k), 7.7 mem, and all 7.9's for graphics and I have a lowly 660 TI.
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: March 02, 2014, 11:11:26 PM
Breaking Bad Remix
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: March 01, 2014, 05:59:44 PM
Just picked up a 32gb referb Wii U and Tropical Freeze today, traded the daughters Wii in on it. Didn't think the setup routine was gonna end lol.
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Godzilla to return to American shores on: February 28, 2014, 10:56:36 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 28, 2014, 10:41:11 PM

Either Bryan Cranston is slumming or this is going to be much better than the average monster movie.

Or him being in it as Godzilla was created by the finest Meth he ever made  icon_lol
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [WTF?!] Man loves pizza, gets burned junk on: February 28, 2014, 10:54:28 PM
Twitter trollin at its finest lol!
97  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need a new video card and looking for help on: February 28, 2014, 09:17:35 PM
First things first, whats your budget? Breaking the bank can vary widely..
98  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Asus router warning. on: February 28, 2014, 12:24:25 AM
Yeah. Been meaning to try out the media server stuff but I need to convert my USB HDD to a supported format since NTFS isn't mountable... The previous build I used (Toastman) didn't have media server.
99  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Asus router warning. on: February 27, 2014, 09:20:16 PM
Caine, you give that FW a try?
100  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Asus router warning. on: February 21, 2014, 11:32:51 AM
This would be the firmware you want then. I had tried a few other variants but the others had a niggling problem where after 4-5 days up the wireless would get really slow (rebooting the router in the evening while the son and I were playing WoW was getting annoying due to daughter griping...). The second link below is the simulator so you can see what it looks like and feature set.

http://www.victek.is-a-geek.com/

http://www.victek.is-a-geek.com/virtual/tomatok26/status-index.html

101  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Asus router warning. on: February 20, 2014, 11:13:25 AM
Which model do you have? I have a RTN16.
102  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Asus router warning. on: February 19, 2014, 04:08:56 PM
You should try a tomato build on your router, so much better than the Asus firmware....
103  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Asus router warning. on: February 18, 2014, 06:33:15 PM
http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/02/dear-asus-router-user-youve-been-pwned-thanks-to-easily-exploited-flaw/

Luckily I run tomato on my asus router...
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How long is your average gaming session? on: February 17, 2014, 10:47:30 PM
Depends on if I'm playing WoW....
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: House of Cards on: February 17, 2014, 10:45:46 PM
Lessons-In-Ruthlessness-From-Frank-Underwood-S2-Spoiler-Free
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: House of Cards on: February 17, 2014, 10:43:01 PM
I finished up season 2 yesterday... And yeah loved it!
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 17, 2014, 10:35:42 PM
I though she was gonna off that baby too  icon_eek
108  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW 5.4.7 tomorrow (2/18/14) on: February 17, 2014, 10:33:49 PM
Big thing is PvP Season 15 begins, new Prideful gear is iLvL 550. Should help reduce the world pvp pwnage PvE geared players have been dishing....
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 17, 2014, 10:29:19 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on February 17, 2014, 07:32:53 PM

Quote from: Mystic95Z on February 17, 2014, 07:22:28 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on February 16, 2014, 06:41:02 PM

The settings that msduncan is using sound great to me.

What settings? Control settings? I'm wondering if this has controller support on the PC. Downloaded it and went thru the training missions last night and I'm thinking I'd rather play with a controller. And no I don't have a xbone yet so that isn't an option.

I'm pretty sure he was looking at the wrong post as msduncan is on XB1.  The game supports controllers on PC, and it doesn't seem very system intensive.

Cool I'll have to order one and give it a try. Already have the wireless transceiver.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 17, 2014, 07:22:28 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on February 16, 2014, 06:41:02 PM

The settings that msduncan is using sound great to me.

What settings? Control settings? I'm wondering if this has controller support on the PC. Downloaded it and went thru the training missions last night and I'm thinking I'd rather play with a controller. And no I don't have a xbone yet so that isn't an option.
111  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ted Cruz: The Alienator on: February 17, 2014, 12:13:37 PM
Edited and replaced with stupid, or is that to harsh for you guys too???
112  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ted Cruz: The Alienator on: February 16, 2014, 02:42:36 PM
Also gotta love the retards stupid people that voted that clown into office....  @#$(*&%
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 11, 2014, 06:55:48 PM
Who cares, boobs rule.  nod
114  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: radeon or NVIDIA ? intel or AMD ? (New PC) on: February 10, 2014, 12:12:32 PM
Anandtech Bench is a good place to look if you wanna compare CPU's and GPU's.
115  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: radeon or NVIDIA ? intel or AMD ? (New PC) on: February 08, 2014, 05:03:56 PM
Intel i5/7
Both the current gen AMD / nVidia cards are good. AMD's Mantle API shows promise.
Windows 7 x64
116  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Specs for a new gaming computer on: February 08, 2014, 12:30:23 PM
For the vid card might wanna check this one out: PNY GeForce GTX 780 OC XLR8 and the review of it here: http://realhardwarereviews.com/pny-gtx-780-xlr8-oc/

It runs as fast as the TI's but is priced much better.
117  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Xbox Live - 12 month code, 20 bucks off on: February 04, 2014, 05:29:27 PM
Grr... Looks to be dead already... $59.90 now.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 04, 2014, 04:07:48 PM
Looks like this one has gone GOLD.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: February 04, 2014, 03:54:32 PM
WTF... Goat Simulator
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: January 31, 2014, 03:21:12 PM
GTA IRL...
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