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Parts: (please tell me what I should change around)

Ahanix Black Aluminum D-Vine D4 Case with blue VFD screen
P4 socket 478 2.4Ghz cpu
3x512Mb PC3200 DDR sticks
MSI 865PE Neo2-V mobo
I need suggestions on a good card for video
need suggestions for a good tuner card (keep it cheap please)
250Gb IDE WD2500 hard drive x 4
Silent 350Watt PSU (came with case)

Basically all I need is the sound card, the video card, and a great tuner card...

Keep in mind, that I need suggestions on whether this will be good for my secondary tv. I have an old Phillips silver 52 inch projection HDTV in my bedroom. I'd like to have HTPC capabilities, but am unsure as to whether this tv will handle it, or vice versa, as I know the tv does 1080i, just unsure as to how to get the clear picture from the dvi port in the back. Thanks for all replies.
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E8400 XFX 780i A2 SLI EVGA 8800GTS Core 92's Crucial Ballistix 6400's 2Gb 
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2x 500Gb 7200.10 LG 18x Super Drive Dual Boot XP SP# and Vista Ultimate 24inch 245BW Samsung 
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E8400 XFX 780i A2 SLI EVGA 8800GTS Core 92's Crucial Ballistix 6400's 2Gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x 500Gb 7200.10 LG 18x Super Drive Dual Boot XP SP# and Vista Ultimate 24inch 245BW Samsung 
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G15 Rev. 2 OCZ GameXtreme 850Watt CM 690 G5 
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post #2 of 6
Looks like a decent setup. From the parts idk if you want to do any HDCP playback, but if you do, get a 3450 or an 8500-8600 to avoid the playback issues.
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i5 2500k @ 4.5GHz ASUS P8P67 PRO MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition  2x4gb Ripjaws@1866MHz 
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840Pro 128 | 3xWD Vraptor | 1.5TB Green LG 6X Blu-ray /HD-DVD combo Win7 Ultimate 64bit 2 x U2311H 1920x1080 
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840Pro 128 | 3xWD Vraptor | 1.5TB Green LG 6X Blu-ray /HD-DVD combo Win7 Ultimate 64bit 2 x U2311H 1920x1080 
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lol I dunno about a p4, I trying to change over my wife old rig to htpc when i fire it up, it so slow i cant even use it
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I don't know about 1080i, and p and all that jazz. But my 32" CRT TV is being powered by an AthlonXP 2400+ rig with a Radeon 9500 (maybe 9800)PRO in it and 1GB RAM, running Vista x32. I have no complaints. I'd say AGP or PCIe, shoot for the ATI HD2600 series for video card. Tuner, I couldn't tell ya, I haven't ventured there myself yet.
 
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Kingston HyperX 16GB (4x4) DDR3-1600 Crucial MX100 512GB RAID0 (2x 256GB) CoolerMaster Liquid Pro 240mm Windows 10 x64 
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(Fut.) Crossover 34" 3440x1440 Curved (Cur.) Dell 20/30/20 PLP Eyefinity Razer Chroma PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK II 950w 
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Windows 8.1 + Steam Big Picture / Plex HT 50" Insignia LED 1080p Logitech Rosewill Green 530w 
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(Fut.) Crossover 34" 3440x1440 Curved (Cur.) Dell 20/30/20 PLP Eyefinity Razer Chroma PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK II 950w 
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60GB Kingston SSD 1TB Seagate Samsung DVDRW CoolerMaster Gemin II 
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Windows 8.1 + Steam Big Picture / Plex HT 50" Insignia LED 1080p Logitech Rosewill Green 530w 
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post #5 of 6
i found the 8600gts plenty of card to push 1080i

as for tuner, you have to decide if you want analog, digital, or both. look into the hauppauge tuners. they are priced nicely and do a good job (IMO)

for sound, do you want to use digital or analog connections and will you be hooking it to a receiver or just to the tv?
    
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phenom ii x6 1100t gigabyte ga990fxa ud5 gigabyte 480gtx gigabyte 480gtx 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveHard Drive
evga 480gtx corsair vengence ddr3 1600 ocz agility 3 sdd ocz agility 3 sdd 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
maxtor hdd asus blu-ray reader/burner xspc ex360 rad (x2)  swiftec mcp655 pump w/bitspower pump kit and v2... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
laing d5 pump w/bitspower pump kit and v2 pump top heatkiller cpu block koolance nv480gtx full vga blocks ek northbridge block 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
lamptron fc5 bitspower 150 black ice reservoir vista ultimate 64 bit asus s248h-p hdmi led 
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acer x183h acer x183h corsair k60 mechanical silverstone strider 1000 silver 
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post #6 of 6
well I take it since your TV is older and a CRT that its HiDef inputs are limited to only component which means nothing above 480p on HDCP protected content like blu rays. Wait, now that I think about it you could watch 1080 HDCP content by using AnyDVD HD to strip off the HDCP. So to hook it up to yer tv I would get a video card that has a VGA output and buy a vga to component cable. If you only plan on watching regular DVDs I guess the cheapest VGA card you can find would work, if you want to do blu rays, which means a $130 drive then get the HD3450.
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