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I'm going to build one, cause, well, my moms obsolete, still using a VCR. So, I'm gonna build one, what should I put in it? It'll be used to record video, play music and videos, and occasionally surf the net.
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Price range? Do you care what it looks like? Will you be running any HD video?

For a HTPC, you just need a few big HDs for data, a TV tuner to input video, and a cool CPU so you won't need loud fans. A video card can help improve the image quality if you are running HD.
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For software, do you want Windows or Linux based?
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Not talking about software right now, just hardware, but whatever looks better will be used. Duckie, I really dont care for budget, I'm thinking a brisby 3600, looks, it'll be in a cabinet, so no, hd, not now, but eventually yes.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Xero. View Post
Not talking about software right now, just hardware, but whatever looks better will be used. Duckie, I really dont care for budget, I'm thinking a brisby 3600, looks, it'll be in a cabinet, so no, hd, not now, but eventually yes.
Knowing what software it'll be based on will help me find hardware that's known compatible.
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I'd like Windows to be used if possible...
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X2 3600+ EE, 2GB Value DDR2, 8500GT, PureVideo codec, 2x500GB 7200.11 (upgrade if you want more space)

Jam than into a case and it should be silent yet more than enough power.
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PureVideo codec? Link please? and thanks Duckie.
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post #9 of 11
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X2 3600+ EE, 2GB Value DDR2, 8500GT, PureVideo codec, 2x500GB 7200.11 (upgrade if you want more space)

Jam than into a case and it should be silent yet more than enough power.
I just realized, wont I need a TV capture card?
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As far as I know, there aren't any true HD TV Tuners out yet - or if there are, they're expensive.

The best 480i TV Tuner I know of is the Vista View Saber 2020. Stunning quality, apparently. Rivals and beats the better known names, but costs more too. Last time I checked it out, there was no extra software for the card; it just worked with the native MCE interface.

The Purevideo Codec is a thing you buy from nVidia. It enhances the detail levels of everything. The resizing they have in there accurately sharpens while resizing, so the amount of blur when going from 480i to 1080p is much reduced.

Edit: Old links, but they explain what PureVideo does.
http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/...out_spring_06/
http://www.firingsquad.com/news/news...searchid=10035
     
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