Hello from a new member, and My HTPC so far

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by prbeard, Dec 29, 2001.

  1. prbeard


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    I don't know why its taken me so long to find this forum! I've been a member of the US AV Science forum for ages... They're not always helpful there because most of them are Americans living in the US! Don't get me wrong, I like Americans fine. But they know nothing other than NTSC, HDTV and what you can buy in the states that you can't buy over here! "DVB - what's that?"

    Anyway, hello everyone.

    I'll describe the hardware of my HTPC so far:

    - Silver coloured ATX mini-tower case. Big. Ugly. Its got to go...
    - ABit SE6 motherboard. I'm going to need a MATX...
    - PIII 667Mhz, 128MB Ram. Perfectly adequte for the job.
    - IBM 40GB 5400rpm hard drive. Not too noisy.
    - ATi Radeon VE AGp graphics card. Resoluion problems...
    - Hercules Fortissimo II Sound card. Just got this. Some teething proiblems, but seems OK.
    - Hauppauge WinTV Nova-T PCI digital TV card. Doesn't work in this setup, but is fine in my other PC.
    - IR Keyboard with "pointing device" thingy.

    The rest of my stuff:

    - Sony KP41-DS1 widescreen rear-projection TV. Excellent picture but digital tuner on the blink.
    - Samsung DVD-709.
    - Sony STRB1070 Amp. You won't believe the bargin I got there - a pricing error in the store - I was lucky that day...
    - Good quality front stereo pair speakers, miniature bookshelf rear speakers. Using TV's speakers as centre. No subwoofer (yet?)

    I've got the house wires with 100MHz ethernet. Well, OK, the study and the living room.

    So, what do you think so far? Anyone got any advice for me?

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