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Thanks for the replies.
I am definitely going to go with the SABERTOOTH-990FX for the processor. That is a great find, so thanks for finding it truckerguy! I also think I might switch out the video card like Pavilion 650M said and get his case/cooling fan as well. Some of his components look like they might be better.
My cable provider is Cox Cable. I plan on recording tv shows through windows media player. I still need to do just a little bit more research to see what TV card is the best. I have seen some that will encrypt the signal from the cable company if you get a card from them. That is something I might want to do.
Thanks for the replies!
I also have cox communications and was wondering about the whole encryption thing. I made a thread about it about a month ago and got a good bit of information about the encryption thing. Looks like you will need a card from cox. I would recommend you read over the following thread. It has a good bit of information about how to get it to work. It's a bit pricey for me but it may interest you. If you don't want to read the whole thread I would start with the second page of the thread. That's where it gets more in depth about the encryption stuff

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Yah thats why I asked. If you want to get all the channels you get on your HD DVR you will most likely need a cable card tuner. I have the Ceton myself it has 4 tuners. Cost $199. Instead of renting a DVR and then paying the DVR fee. You rent a cable card for about $3 a month and stick that into the tuner.

Then like you said you would use windows media center.

With the tuner you selected you can only get what Cox sends over the coax "in the clear". Which these days is usually locals, sometimes in HD, and if your lucky the basic package usually in SD.

Good luck.
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Yah thats why I asked. If you want to get all the channels you get on your HD DVR you will most likely need a cable card tuner. I have the Ceton myself it has 4 tuners. Cost $199. Instead of renting a DVR and then paying the DVR fee. You rent a cable card for about $3 a month and stick that into the tuner.
Then like you said you would use windows media center.
With the tuner you selected you can only get what Cox sends over the coax "in the clear". Which these days is usually locals, sometimes in HD, and if your lucky the basic package usually in SD.
Good luck.

Yea that's pretty much spot on. If you want to get the encrypted channels you have to rent the card from them which isn't too expensive. The expensive part is the part you put the card into. Those can be pretty pricey for what you get. I don't record enough TV for it to be worth it but it may be worth it for the OP. Here are a few that I was recommended but they are pretty expensive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815706001
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815116072
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815345006
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815706002
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Yup those are all the main ones right there. The thing is most people already rent a HD box for $9.99? And then they charge you a dvr service fee for $7.99? So the upfront $100-200 investment is paid off pretty quick. Plus you don't have to deal with their crappy slow dvr. biggrin.gif
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I think I want to go with the Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815116072&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Video+Devices+++TV+Tuners-_-Hauppauge-_-15116072, but had a couple of questions.

If I had an Xbox 360 with the windows media center in another room, would I be able to watch live tv with this tv tuner since it is a dual tuner? Could I be watching live tv in there and live tv in my room where the computer is at? Or does this mean you can only watch one item live and record one at the same time? Do either of you have either of the quad tv tuner cards and do you use all four tuners? Lastly, can this TV tuner run high definition through a USB connection? Thanks!
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