Getting a Mac Pro, would like to use it as part time "HTPC"

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by leeroy, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. leeroy macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2008
    I've been looking at getting an octo core 3.0ghz Mac Pro, and was wondering if I get the new ATI HD3870 video card could I still use a LCD monitor via DVI and use the component out to my television (1080i) at the same time? Also from what I understand the optical audio only works in 5.1 when viewing a dvd or ts folder correct?
  2. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    It would work, but it is probably a bit loud for a home theater environment. You might prefer having it as your video server and then feeding content to the TV via a connected :apple:tv or Mac Mini.
  3. mpshay macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2008
    I second that. I've got 2 mac minis that I'm using to pull movies off a NAS (an some occasional web browsing on a 50" screen). :apple:TV is a slightly cheaper, but less flexible way to achieve the same results

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