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Ok noob here. Have built my own pc but would now like to build a media centre. Using for playing Itunes via home theatre system, viewing photos, and possibly watching and maybe even recording HDTV (im in australia). I have a P4 3.0ghz with at this stage 512 mb ram (do i need more) obviously will throw in DVD burner but what else do I need. As this is not going to be a gaming system dont want to spend too much.
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Sounds like a good start. I would probably bump up to 1Gb, load xp media edition for the os, maybe a pair of 300-400GB HD in a raid configuration, nice video card for pushing video content to your TV and to connect everything together with Media Center Extender. If that is too much in terms of what you want. Go with AirTunes to push music to your home stereo and skip the Media Center Extender.

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Sounds like a good start. I would probably bump up to 1Gb, load xp media edition for the os, maybe a pair of 300-400GB HD in a raid configuration, nice video card for pushing video content to your TV and to connect everything together with Media Center Extender. If that is too much in terms of what you want. Go with AirTunes to push music to your home stereo and skip the Media Center Extender.

Raid? Why raid? I think the space would be useful for saving moveis ect. Also, you do not need an awesome GPU at all because TV has a normal resolution of 640x480.

HDTV? Doesn't only the Ten Network have it?
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Not sure what you aussies have for HD service. I push to my 42" LCD tv with DVI to HDMI cable and would recommend a nice video card....not high end top of the line card. Not sure what the OP has for his own setup.

As for the raid, it was for redundancy. I'd hate to see 300GB of video, pictures and music burn up on a disk. With the price of HD space it wouldn't be a bad idea to protect your investment.
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512MB ram is plenty for a HTPC if you're not gaming on it. My HTPC now consists of my Newark 3700 (oldie but goodie), 1 gig TCCD, X850XT PE, SB Audigy2, and wireless card. Works great for me!
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You dont need much for a good media PC..

I have a 2.4 Celeron, the Asus Pundit-R chassis(and mobo that comes with it), like 512 RAM and 2 Hauppauge PVR-150MCE Tuner Cards..

Works great.

The Mobo comes with S-Video out, and i have it hooked up to my network.

With MCE loaded it records all the TV shows i want, and watch movies either streamed too it over the network or from the MediaPC itself..

Works great, cost about 500 bucks total(mostly the TV tuners + 300gig HD) several years ago...

I am not too up to date on recording HDTV though, as personally..i cant see the difference atleast on my TV..
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