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Hi,

I'm planning a build and my list includes a quad core CPU and NVIDIA 8600 video. It won't be for gaming, just for OTA/QAM TV and playing/recording Blu Ray movies. I don't see cooling/noise as a big issue with the proper fan/heatsink selection.

However, after reading many of the posts here it seems that you can do all the above with a real basic unit even utilizing integrated video. I may eventually want to operate 2 TV's with media center but I don't like dedicated extenders for various reasons. So if you set up a second media center, is it a good idea for one of them to be a high end unit? Perhaps because it will operate 2 tuners and play ripped video from the HDD of the high end unit? Is this even possible? Or does it make more sense for them to be totally independent? I haven't played with Vista media center yet so I don't know what it's capable of.


Thanks for any comments.
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post #2 of 7
if you want to play hi def you may need a dedicated video card, and i don't see why you couldn't install 2-3 tv tuners as well. i think a quad core might be overkill though
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Agreed,

And I think you can set up a second generic computer to run Media Center as an extender. This is from the MS website -

"About Windows Media Center
New Extender products are powered by Windows Media Center, which is available in Windows Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate. Learn more about this versatile and dynamic set of features that allow you to use your computer to store, organize, and stream your digital media for a whole-home connected entertainment experience. "

Am I reading this correctly that the second Media Center can be set up as an extender? I'm not sure that there's a real big advantage to this as compared to just having another, independent media center but it's nice to know it can done.
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Most TV cards only require about 2.5G of processing power so any mid range dual should do very well.
    
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post #5 of 7
If you want to run multiple tuners, they generally have to be identical and do hardware based encoding of the MPEG-2 stream. CPU performance doesn't really matter for these type of tuners since the work is done onboard.

The 780G/790G/790GX, 8200/8300, and G45 based motherboard can handle BluRay fine with onboard video.

I don't understand what you mean by two TVs....
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Personaly I would go with a Q6600 or the AMD equivolant. The Quad core may help if it has to control streaming to your other computer or any other interactions with your other computers.

It may be overkill for playing movies but you may have to do things such as editing files, extracting and compressing files and such.

As far as the video card goes you should get a 9600GT, its a relativly cheap card but you still have extra juice if you ever should need it.

As far as high end goes I would say go with a 9600GT and a Quad Core. Sure your paying a bit extra, but the 9600GT is worth it. Even if its not for games you can use it to play the odd game that you may find interesting down the road, and you will have some leg room for when you watch blu ray/high def video files.
    
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post #7 of 7
I would think a E7200 would be more than enough. Especially if you get cards that use hardware encoding. Which is preferred.
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