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XP media centre edition 05 ?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by homethx, Oct 31, 2004.

  1. homethx

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    I'm going to build me new hcpc using windows media centre edition 05
    what are the recommended parts ?

    so far I've got
    cooler master atc 620 case in silver
    asus p4p800-vm motherboard
    pentium 4 3ghz
    Crucial 1GB DDR PC3200
    2x NEC ND3500 dvd rw
    ATi Radeon 9800 Pro

    and that's it so far, need advice on rest off the stuff, who makes the quietest hard drive in a large capacity these days > 160 gig x2 needed

    Do silenx still quietest active PSU ?

    What about a freeview card that works with MCE ? anything else i need.

    Will this set up do justice to my Sony vpl-HS-20 lcd projector using DVi .
     
  2. Spacecat

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    get an mpeg2 decoder card, PVr 250 Hauppage works very nicely

    i can see no real difference between it and my cable Tv input
     
  3. homethx

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    Why do i need mpeg card ? I thought i would be using dvd software
     
  4. cavemnking

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    Not sure whan spacecat means by mpeg2 decoder card since the PVR 250 would be acting as an encoder for MCE

    However in answer to your original question:

    For TV/PVR functions - you will need to use either an analogue mpeg card mentioned above or a digital one such as the Hauppage Nova-t or Black Gold DVB-t. If you buy the Nova-T just ,make sure it is the MCE/90002 version.
     
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    For decent tv capture in mpeg2 format get a PVR 250 if you have Sky or cable, or digital if you dont. I meant encoder not decoder
    Use the NVDVD dvd software 1.00.58 for best results (only MCE official dvd software)
    works superbly. Get the radeon MCE drivers and the latest hauppage MCe drivers
     
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    :confused: Is this thread dead? I already have MCE 2004 running as I would like it. My problem is that I'm running a 32"CRT as a monitor and although the results are acceptable through MCE, as a PC monitor it sucks (understandable). I thought I would upgrade to a plasma or an LCD so I scoured this (and other forums) for advice and I'm more confused than ever? I'm afraid of screen burn on the plasma and I'm totally confused on the LCD front. Can anyone help? which plasma's or LCD's are the popular choice? Any help would be much appreciated, bearing in mind that I'm Scottish (living in the NE of Scotland, so I just can't pop out and preview your recomendations, I will be buying on your say so) and careful with my money. Again guys any help or personal experiences would be great. :thumbsup:
    Cheers Zoobs
     
  7. stuartmc

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    Don't know if this helps. When looking at LCDs, MS recommedation is to look for a sub 16ms response time.
     

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