An old PC to be used as Home theater PC

Hi,

I've an old PC AMD Athlon 3000+ Processor and some good Gigabyte motherboard (don't remember the model number), 2 GB RAM and 500 GB HDD, Altec Lansing ATP 3 speakers, wireless keyboard and mouse.

I want to use it as HTPC connected to my Sony Bravia, here I've few queries:

Please suggest an HDMI card so that using one cable I can send the audio and video to the TV.
What is the best? xbmc vs openelec vs plex. I would prefer a physical remote over wireless keyboard and mouse

Thanks
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tailoreddigitalCommented:
Audio through the HDMI port on video cards is not common.    If your old system is truly old, you might try something like this,
http://www.amazon.com/HDMI%C2%AE-External-Multi-Monitor-Adapter/dp/B004KM0B08/ref=sr_1_77?ie=UTF8&qid=1379036758&sr=8-77&keywords=hdmi+display+card+with+audio

Getting a HDMI card with audio for old motherboard slots might be challenging.


For a IR Remote,
http://www.amazon.com/SANOXY%C2%AE-Windows-Infrared-Receiver-Ultimate/dp/B00224ZDFY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379037015&sr=8-1&keywords=usb+ir+remote+multimedia+xbmc

These work fine but take note of the comment at Amazon,
"Will work for MythTV or XBMC if configured as a VRC-1100 remote June 2, 2012"


I've used XBMC for years.   It's been a solid multimedia system.   I have 1000's of media files in the system and XBMC runs everything perfectly.    


Good luck and enjoy you new media system.
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practitionerAuthor Commented:
Thanks tailoreddigital,
It's a clean bowled, very precise.

Do you see any problem if I do not install Windows and use xbmcbuntu instead?

I didn't find the Ubuntu driver for HDMI to USB device.
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RartemassLife CoachCommented:
Just as an option here, you can run a DVI to HDMI cable into the TV. I've run my system like that for years and as the signal is digital DVI and HDMI are the same quality for video.
http://compare.ebay.com.au/like/121175512567?ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&cbt=y&_lwgsi=y&lpid=45&item_id=121175512567

For audio as well you can get something like this:
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/New-Video-S-Video-Hot-RGA-Game-Adapter-DVI-R-L-Stereo-Audio-to-HDMI-Converter-/110781121318?pt=US_Video_Cables_Adapters&hash=item19cb11c326

Might save you some dollars instead of getting a new card.

I've tried Plex and XBMC and have to agree with tailoreddigital in the XBMC is the way to go.

You have identified the main issue I have with using Ubuntu, in that you have to find the drivers. The ecosystem has matured a lot since I first set up a HTPC on Ubuntu so it isn't as big a problem as it once was. Assuming you can find the drivers then there won't be any issues using XBMC on Ubuntu.
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practitionerAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys
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