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Please advise me on PC reqirements

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by John Watts, Aug 12, 2003.

  1. John Watts

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    Hi all.

    OK, I now have my Sanyo PLV-Z1 installed and i want to start using a PC with it.

    I dont need it for DVD as i'll use my DVD player for that. All i want is something that will play media with software such as windows media player.

    What sort of specifications should i look for? Bearing in mind i dont need a moniter etc just a tower with an operating system installed. Like i said the PC is only for playing cd roms/ dvd-r etc.

    Thanks for your help folks,
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    John.
     
  2. John Watts

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    Anybody???
     
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    Well, I guess the basic spec I was using for DVD playback should suit for mpg files, vobs (trailers ect) and other video files, and basic music:

    Radeon VE or 7000 graphics card (9600 reccommended, or the Pro version if you play games).
    1.3 Duron is fine for standard stuff, but an XP2000+ will do for general gaming.
    Soundblaster 4.1 for digital output if needed (ordinary stereo can be found on many all-in-one mobos now).
    ECS K7S5A is a cheap mobo that seems to work well with the systemas I have used them for (including this pc).

    Windows XP seems pretty stable to me, though I was using ME for a long time with my htpc without problems.

    I get a lot of stuff from computer fairs and ebuyer.com, as you can save a lot of money that way.

    A basic system not including software can cost as little as £200.

    HTH

    Gary.
     

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