Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: St. Paul, MN, US
They play prettymuch anything now, even raw flvs pulled from youtube or what not. Not sure about mkv's though if thats your thing.
Sure, you can put a PC at every telly, but its another set of libraries to manage, an operating system to maintain and update, keep clean and lets face it, if you have kids its going to be harder for them to toast the software on the xbox than it would a full-blown windows PC. Dont get me wrong, the full PC has its merits, but the Xbox has come a long way over the last few years. Part of the problem is with a PC is the temptation to tweak and tweak, add functionality and soforth and you end up just spending time tweaking instead of enjoying media with the family.
You cant have two instances of media center running on a single PC. I'd reccomend that you build a single PC for all the media and work from it. Use an SSD for the OS as it will speed up the general peformance of the extenders quite a bit, including launching media center. When you launch MC on an extender it log into windows on the PC and starts a psuedo RDP session so the SSD can help noticably with that. Other improvement wil be seen when you are searching a library or whatnot, or when you want to "play all" the video in a given folder. If you like, you can modify the file permissions on the Windows 7 box so that the extenders cannot delete certain (or any) content. CPU doesnt need to be all that spiffy, the xbox will do the heavy lifting for decoding a core2 in the Windows 7 PC would be just fine. Ideally you will want a 1Gb NIC on the PC hosting the media and the clients confgured at 100Mb/s.
I have one of the newer xboxs and they are very close to being silent. Of course its different when you slap a disk in there!
Last edited by SouperComputer; 31-01-2012 at 04:13.