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Alright i plan on going AM2+ when it comes out in Q3 and want to use my sig rig as a PVR and am wondering what will i need? I will not use the GFX card and know i need a bigger HDD and maybe an audio card? what do you guys recommend? I dont really want to spend more than about $200 so i need some pretty cheap parts, also is there a program i can use from Windows XP Home or am i going to have to buy Windows MCE?
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Also will i need an internet connection?
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Larger drive, tuner card and you are all set.
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Lots of good info at PVR.net
    
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Larger drive, tuner card and you are all set.
That's really it.

For the tuner, you won't want to cheap out. go with the Hauppage PVR-150. Outstanding quality, and a great feature set. Best value out there, IMO.

The hard drive is pretty obvious if you want to record a lot. That 80-giger will fill up fast if you'll be recording shows. Don't bother changing drives if you'll primarily be watching though.

You won't need MCE. In fact, I don't care much for it. It has some nice integration features, but 3rd party programs like BeyondTV will do just as good a job.

You won't *need* an internet connection, but it's nice to have for downloading TV program guides and such.

For the sound card, that depends on what you'll be hooked up to. Can you provide any more info there?
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Well for sound ill mostly be using my Sony Wega's integrated speakers for for movies i might want to use my 5.1 surround sound system, and for the 3rd party programs which one's do you suggest?
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Well for sound ill mostly be using my Sony Wega's integrated speakers for for movies i might want to use my 5.1 surround sound system, and for the 3rd party programs which one's do you suggest?
Personally, I'd use MythTV as I'm a linux nut. However, BeyondTV is just as good if you want windows-based.
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Personally, I'd use MythTV as I'm a linux nut. However, BeyondTV is just as good if you want windows-based.
If i get the Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150 can i use that software? Also what cable(s) will i need to connect from the TV to the computer AND if i get the a 160GB HD, how many hours of video could i record (SD)
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Yes just use the software that come with the Tuner card...

I didnt get a sound card with mine I just used the onboard audio and patched it into the audio unit I use with my TV...

the local Wal-Mart has the 1/8 earphone RCA splitters that you need and they are cheap...

I would build the box with what you have and add as you feel you need to..

I built mine with a 80gig h/d then added 2x160gig drives for backing up what I record....

I dont like program clutter so i just use the Tuner card software and Nero Showtime to watch the movies (dvd's) the tuner card will also come with a player and everything else you need...
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Alright, i just have to order the HDD and the TV tuner and im set
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