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Originally Posted by psik0.k1m View Post
9600gt is a great budget card if your system can run it
9600GT is a great budget card, but I think for HTPC use, the ATI HD cards are much better. The 9600GT is more of a budget gamer card, not HTPC card. I could be wrong though....but that's just what I always read about.
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post #12 of 22
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9600gt is a great budget card if your system can run it
9600GT is a gaming card... not HTPC
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If you're motherboard supports PCI express, then yes that video card will work fine. Now I would personally feel better suggesting this card instead, however DuckieHo knows his HTPC stuff....so I'd trust what he has to say. But yeah, if you're motherboard supports PCIe, then that card will work great.

Also....don't know if this matters to you or not, but you may want to look into an HTPC case as well. Just a suggestion.
Wow, good find on the 3650. I think that will be the one. And yes, this mobo supports PCIx16 and PCIx1. I always wanted to use the PCIx1, and was hoping I could find a good TV Tuner for it, but I know nothing about this area and am relying on you fellow OCN'ers for help in that area.

Of course, I could go with the "All in Wonders" from ATI as suggested by ian209, but the decent Chipsets on them seem pretty high priced compared to the price of buying a better video card and tuner card separately. But I only did a brief search on it.
    
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post #14 of 22
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Wow, good find on the 3650. I think that will be the one. And yes, this mobo supports PCIx16 and PCIx1. I always wanted to use the PCIx1, and was hoping I could find a good TV Tuner for it, but I know nothing about this area and am relying on you fellow OCN'ers for help in that area.

Of course, I could go with the "All in Wonders" from ATI as suggested by ian209, but the Chipsets on them seem pretty weak for the price of buying the video card and tuner card separately. But I only did a brief search on it.
I could be wrong, but I do believe the All in Wonders are old and outdated now days. I don't know ANYTHING about TV tuners yet....I will be researching those myself once I find the funds to buy one (or two). And I also believe the most used TV tuners are usually either USB or PCI interface. I haven't really looked MUCH, but I don't remember seeing many PCIe x1 TV Tuners.
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post #15 of 22
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I'd like to use the PCI, but I just realized that the Soundcard and Wireless Internet card will fill both PCI slots in the mobo, leaving me with only PCIx1 or USB.

Edit: HERE is 16 of them from Newegg, they are kinda pricey, though.
    
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Where will you be feeding your TV from? Will it be cable, set top box, or over-the-air? If OTA, you will need a digital tuner.
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
Where will you be feeding your TV from? Will it be cable, set top box, or over-the-air? If OTA, you will need a digital tuner.
I haven't fully decided on that one, probably Cable for now. But I guess I should get a digital tuner just in case. Thanks for the heads up!

Edit: I hate to shell out over $110 bux for THIS, but seems like the best option since I would like a remote control for it as well.
    
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post #18 of 22
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I haven't fully decided on that one, probably Cable for now. But I guess I should get a digital tuner just in case. Thanks for the heads up!

Edit: I hate to shell out over $110 bux for THIS, but seems like the best option since I would like a remote control for it as well.
I have that M780 without the remote.
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I could be wrong on this as well....DuckieHo, correct me if I'm wrong....but isn't a wired LAN connection MUCH better than a wireless connection for an HTPC rig? I know on mine I couldn't go wireless because I stream 99% of my content from my file server....so wireless couldn't give me the bandwidth I needed. If you're going to be streaming content from a different computer in your house, I would suggest wired LAN myself. That also saves you an extra PCI slot .
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post #20 of 22
If you're not streaming HD, wireless is fine. For HD I would recommend wired or wireless N.
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