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So I'm new to tv tuner cards, and I want to hook up a cable from my dorm room to watch/record shows on my sig rig. I also NEED it to integrate with Windows Media player on Windows 7.

Budget maybe $20? Or just anything close to that.

This look good?
Edited by kaivorth - 12/18/10 at 5:17pm
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Yeah that looks good.
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What kind of tv? Standard def or hd? For standard you will need a ntsc/analog tuner. for HD don't bother looking for your budget.
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What kind of tv? Standard def or hd? For standard you will need a ntsc/analog tuner. for HD don't bother looking for your budget.

standard.

Whats the cheapest option for HD though, outta curiosity?
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You get what you pay for. I made the mistake of buying a cheaper model and discovered it was software encoding putting extra stress on my single-core Sempron 140. Drivers will be buggy too. Your best bet would be to spend the extra now so you won't be spending more later.

I have the Hauppage 2250 and it works great with Win7 You won't necessarily need a tuner with dual inputs (watch one show record another at the same time) but you'll get the idea that hardware encoding makes a huge difference.
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Does the HVR 1800 do hardware encoding? I believe it does..
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