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HCPC newbie needs advice

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by dek1965, Oct 19, 2003.

  1. dek1965

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    hi,
    I have just bought a panny 200 pj (arrives tuesday, cant wait)

    so i have decided to route everything through a hcpc, as i have a spare pc gathering dust upstairs

    specs are

    xp2000
    512 ddr mem
    geforce 440 64 ddr
    soundblaster live 1024value
    60 maxtor 7200 h/drive
    12x dvd drive
    40x cd burner
    running xp pro

    i intend to play dvd's,divx's, and the odd pc game

    is this soundcard good enough, can it be connected to my marantz 4300?

    if not recommendations will be appreciated

    is the graphics card up to it?
    will be using powerdvd and powerstrip or dscaler

    i also want to connect sky and xbox to pc, and was thinking of a x-capture card

    all help much appreciated
     
  2. Gary Lightfoot

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    Radeons are generaly considered the best cards for DVD playback, so you could get one to replace the Gforce card. The 9600 or better models are the ones to go for, but you won't be dissapointed with a cheapo 7000 or VE model.

    Not sure about the soundcard, but if you want spdif out, the SB 4.1 model will do the trick - ebuyer do the OEM version for around £12.

    HTH

    Gary.
     
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    thanks, was leaning towards a radeon card.

    had a look at the back of soundcard and it looks like it has a digital out, so wwould i use a toshlink cable to connect it 2 the amp?
     
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    If it's an optical connection, then toslink is the correct cable.

    My 4.1 has just three 3.5mm jacks, and I have to use a mono 3.5mm jack to phono adaptor to take a phono to phono cable to connect one of the jacks output to my amp. I have to enable the spdif in software to get a digital output.

    Gary.
     

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