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post #11 of 13
They are cheap to build for starters.
You do not need industrial strength Godzilla components. I.E.,,the
latest&greatest&most expensive.

If you choose to make one,,Left over parts from previous upgrades to
your main rig is a good place to start. The key parts would be
1= Big HD,,at least 120GB.
2= Video Card with at least one DVI output. Where is that old FX5500 AGP anyways?
3= Big enough monitor or TV to make it worthwhile. recommend at Least a
19" crt or lcd.
4= DVD drive of some sort.
5= TV tuner card,,to plug in your Cable,,Cable Box,,Satelite Box,,or even
good old over the air TV antenea.
6= a sound card with at least 5.1 output. a Sound Blaster Whatever for example.
7= a good set of 5.1 speakers,,,Creative Labs,,Logitech or Altec Lansings,
something of reasonable quality.

First step,,,find those old parts left over from previous upgrades,,don't
just let them collect dust or be used for landfill! If they are still in working
order,,put them back to work! Recycle!
Second Step--Figure out what parts you don't have and order them.
Third step--once new parts arrive,,Build!
Fourth Step--All together now? pop up some popcorn enjoy a good movie!


Great way to recycle those old PC parts!
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80 Gig WD something or other 1:Dvd Rom 2:CD burner WinXP sp2 19" Realsync crt flatscreen 
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d'ya think? geezzz! 450w Sunbeam Raidmax Elite ATX-208 Microsoft Basic Optical 
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post #12 of 13
Will WinXP Home work for a HTPC, or would I need WinXP Media?
post #13 of 13
i have WinXP MCE 2005 and a dual TV tuner that came with my old Dell Dimension 8400. the TV tuner has one coax and two S-Video inputs - i was never impressed with the picture quality. do they have high def TV tuner cards on the market now?
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640 - 2x320 Samsung RAID-0 Dual DVDs XP MCE Acer 22" + Dell 19" LCDs - 2960x1024 rez :D 
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