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(another) newbie HTPC help please!

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by kev00, Aug 28, 2005.

  1. kev00

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    Been into pc's for years, but have no idea about media centre :eek:

    Basically this is what i'm looking to buy:
    CPU: AMD XP 3200+ Barton 400 512kb cache & Alaska copper silent cooler
    RAM: 2x 512mb Crucial PC3200 DDR 400 CL3
    Hard Drive: Maxtor DM10 200gb 8mb ATA133
    Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon 9550 256mb 128bit DVI (AGP)
    DVB Card: Un-decided
    Motherboard: Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe
    Case: Silverstone LC13 (silver)
    PSU: Antec Tru Power 380w
    Optical: Pioneer 110 DVD-R
    As the board has the N-Force chipset, intend to use on-board sound

    Will be connected to a largish LCD via dvi (when I decide which one to buy)



    And this is what I want to use it for:
    Web browsing
    Playback of what few WMV-HD discs I have
    Gaming (nothing Very High End though, RTCW is about as far as I go)
    Music Server (HTPC will have sound routed thru my Pioneer AX5)
    Digital TV Playback & Recording Via a DVB card

    Basically will the components i've chosen be up to the job, or should I look at a AMD 64 cpu? Been using a Barton 2500+ now for 18 months and it's still more than up to the job.
    Any thoughts on a DVB card? Have seen alot of good reports on many cards, but basically would like to have a twin-tuner card if possible and it will have to be compatible with media centre.

    help needed :lease:

    cheers,

    kev
     
  2. lisag

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    Hi,

    I think you may use up 200gb of HDD space quite quickly - bigger may be better.

    DVB-T cards for MCE - the Black Gold cards have a good reputation, also available at the Sweetspot MCE, can get two PCI cards for dual tuners. Nebula also have a good reputation there was discussion about them making a twin tuner MCE compatible on a single PCI card, but not sure if that came to fruition.

    The graphics card is quite a low spec - if you do a search on this forum for 'purevideo' and the gigabyte 6600gt passively cooled card you will see that lots of us like that card combined with the nvidia dvd codec for GPU accelaration during video playback and hardware post processing.

    lisa
     
  3. probedb

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    I agree you probably want a better gfx card but the rest of the spec is fine.

    If you intend on keeping all your music/vid etc on the HTPC then again a bigger HDD will be needed realistically, maybe look to a quieter model like a Seagate as well.

    I use a USB Nebula DigiTV which is excellent but they're only at beta stage as far as BDA drivers which is what you need for MCE.
     

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