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Tuner:http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...ture=HAUPPAUGE
CPU:http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...ufacture=Intel

1GB of DDR2 667 RAM is fine, as is a cheap-o motherboard, that CPU doesn't need insane bus speeds.

Get a lot of Hard Drive space if you don't plan on burning to DVD. Save money for a Wireless KB and Remote!
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I was thinking also about letting go of the Core 2 Duo and spend more on other parts.

Maybe even an AMD rig with a Biostar tForce mATX board (overclocks nicely) and a 3500+ or 3800+ would do nice.
    
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Originally Posted by Chozart
I was thinking also about letting go of the Core 2 Duo and spend more on other parts.

Maybe even an AMD rig with a Biostar tForce mATX board (overclocks nicely) and a 3500+ or 3800+ would do nice.

You think I could get away with single core? I mean...I don't want any glitches in DVD playback...it would be my new primary DVD player probably....so it better not hiccup..ya know? Along with recording...that could get a little busy, no?
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post #44 of 77
Could get a bit busy yeah... that's true.

Too bad dual core AMD is a bit pricy also.... in that case you might as well go Core 2 Duo.

The D805 is a good pick though; maybe a D915 would be nice, but then you'r only $50 shy of Core 2 Duo...

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dude, you dont need dual core to watch DVD's. If you have the correct drivers installed then the gfx card should do all the decoding you need.
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The TV encoding was why I got Dual-Core, also, the tuner i picked out has two inputs, so you can download and encode two shows at the same time!

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post #47 of 77
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Originally Posted by The_Jester
dude, you dont need dual core to watch DVD's. If you have the correct drivers installed then the gfx card should do all the decoding you need.
A 1GHz Pentium III with 4MB on board graphics can play DVDs fine. I think most modern day computers is insain over kill and software companys should stop making bloated Eye candy products that consume all avalible resources.
Oops I was kinda thinking of the stupid system requirements of Vista.

I run a 1GHz Pentium III a 2.4GHz Pentium IIII and a C2D. I think a P3 is powerful for all the task most non gamers and non video encoders use a computer for. Like Office apps old decent games (Need For Speed Hot Pursuit II springs to mind).

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cany you use linux instead of mce to save some more money, that is if you arent wanting to game
    
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Originally Posted by MindOfChaos
A 1GHz Pentium III with 4MB on board graphics can play DVDs fine. I think most modern day computers is insain over kill and software companys should stop making bloated Eye candy products that consume all avalible resources.
Oops I was kinda thinking of the stupid system requirements of Vista.

I run a 1GHz Pentium III a 2.4GHz Pentium IIII and a C2D. I think a P3 is powerful for all the task most non gamers and non video encoders use a computer for. Like Office apps old decent games (Need For Speed Hot Pursuit II springs to mind).

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ya, but that's my point dude... realtime video encoding! lol...think about it...I'm watching a DVD, and recording a TV show in the background...I don't want to have my DVD drop the FPS...that's all I'm saying.

Cause then my dad will be like "I told you this was a waste of money"...and I probably won't get to build any more stuff like this on their money.
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post #50 of 77
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Originally Posted by biatchi
cany you use linux instead of mce to save some more money, that is if you arent wanting to game

I'm wanting to game....not severely...just occasional, and light gaming

....just I'm wanting this to be as user friendly/idiot proof as possible...windows MCE is just that. (oh, and compatible..aha)
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