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Ok guys, I am a real noob in this section so I need loads of help put in the simplest terms possible...

The girlfriend and I are getting our first apartment together and are a bit strapped for cash, so instead of buying a tv I want to add HTPC capabilities to my sig rig. My Questions:

1/ what tv card would bets suit my needs? (uk links please)
2/ do I need to plug a freeview/set top box into a tv card to receive free digital channels?
3/ I would like to underclock my CPU and graphics card to save money on the bills and to reduce noise... any tips or thoughts on this?
4/ my monitor doesn't have an HDMI socket, is this a problem?
5/ any other thoughts or recommendations welcome.
EDIT:
6/ what is the best media centre programs? (free preferably)
7/should I make more than one thread to answer these question?
Thanks in advance guys.
Edited by pyra - 6/8/10 at 11:10pm
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4/ my monitor doesn't have an HDMI socket, is this a problem.
5/ any other thoughts or recommendations welcome.

Thanks in advance guys.

4 are you using your monitor as a tv?


5 overclocking is all and fine, you should just be able to install a quieter cpu fan for cheap. make sure amd quite and cool is installed. this helps with idle sound alot
    
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4 are you using your monitor as a tv?


5 overclocking is all and fine, you should just be able to install a quieter cpu fan for cheap. make sure amd quite and cool is installed. this helps with idle sound alot
yes, the monitor will be used as a tv.
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since your strapped for cash you could trade some things and get some quite fans... just a suggestion

srry i dont know UK TV stuff,
but i do know you can watch stuff online or rip your dvds to your computer and compress them, thats what i did. works very nice , esp with online radio. would do this over having cable ANY day. freakin commercials.....

you video card doesn't use too much power
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since your strapped for cash you could trade some things and get some quite fans... just a suggestion

srry i dont know UK TV stuff,
but i do know you can watch stuff online or rip your dvds to your computer and compress them, thats what i did. works very nice , esp with online radio. would do this over having cable ANY day. freakin commercials.....

you video card doesn't use too much power
....
the case fans are not too bad when turned to low but the processor fan needs to be at high at the moment for cooling reasons, and the graphics card fan is well too loud while under load but underclocking everything should sort all that out. as far as ripping DVDs to the comp is concerned, I think it is illegal and against the TOS. thanks for all your suggestions +REP
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You OWN the dvd are can legally make a backup.
quick edit- just dont share the rip...
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You OWN the dvd are can legally make a backup.
quick edit- just dont share the rip...
Well, it's a grey area. You own the DVD, but you simply pay for a license to the DVD. The license for the film prohibits copying and breaking copy protection is illegal. Yet, as you said, making a personal backup is legal.

This is why there is such a legal grey area. No one knows what is right or wrong.
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As a quick fix go back to stock clocks, and enable cool 'n quiet. As long as your tuning and media software doesn't put your cpu under a heavy load, you should stay under 2ghz, maybe above.
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I am using my gaming rig as a mini HTPC for my movies and such, i use a program that fits in with Windows Media Centre - its free and works great, i just cant remember the name of it off the top of my head - when i get home (if no one has mentioned it) i will find out what its called, it has some great plugins and everything for it as well
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I am using my gaming rig as a mini HTPC for my movies and such, i use a program that fits in with Windows Media Centre - its free and works great, i just cant remember the name of it off the top of my head - when i get home (if no one has mentioned it) i will find out what its called, it has some great plugins and everything for it as well
I remembered what it was called, MediaBrowser!
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