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HTPC advice


Standard Member
First off, I'd like to say HI :hiya: , first post on these forums, been reading many a thread here for a while but now decided I need to post.

I need some advice on a HTPC project I got going, and cannot decide what to do.
(need to note that I am on a budget)

I got a good deal on the following system
Shuttle XPC SK21G
AMD64 3200
1.5 GB of PC3200 RAM
250 GB HDD
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Music
Asus 6800GT
Windows media centre edition.


I would love to get a freeview card, that preferably has HD support and all those bells n whistles, BUT I would like to use my Logitech Z-5500's for the sound (i know seperates is the way to go, but as stated, im on a budget)

My question is, will onboard sound suffice, and I get a PCI TV tuner card, or is there an AGP alternative TV tuner card that can replace my GFX card in stead.

Much appreciated.

(can only check on your replies tomorrow morning, stupid ISP woes:( )


Established Member
i would get a cheap soundcard (£30ish) it wil sound miles better than onboard sound!

i have not heard of AGP tv cards,if you want it better than PCI go with PCI express

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