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Well I have to say I feel dumb for selling my Q9550 and my Asus P5Q Deluxe which did 4Ghz on air. Also sold my GTX 8800.

This is what I'ms tuck with right now which I think should be enough for a HTPC, specially since I don't have HD satellite.

Here is my setup people


-1.86Ghz Core 2 Duo
-Intel Desktop Board DG965SS or something like that so no overclocking
-3 Gigs od DDR2, I believe it runs at 667Mhz
- Geforce GT 220 (Crazy, but this little card has 1GB of memory, but it's crap compare to a GTX 8800)
-This TV Tuner card http://support.gateway.com/s//vidcard/asustek/6008116R/6008116Rnv.shtml
-A 1000GB Sata II HDD, 120GB for OS and the rest for TV, partitioned with 64K blocks
-Lates Nvidia drivers
-Windows 7 Pro
-Nvidia Pure Video Codec installed
-SageTV Media center


Well I don't know if these specs are just too low but according to the requierements for SageTV. Mine should be more than enough. I'm using the best quality settind which is about 6.5GB per hour of standard definition recording. I'm having SageTV scale the picture to 1080i, I'm using hardware acceleration, I'm using the Nvidia Pure Video Codec which gives me better picture quality and better speed than the other codecs that come with SageTV. I have vsync enabled in the drivers.

Here is the problem, everything looks pretty good and plays smooth, there is no tearing. But every now and then I get like frame skips and in sports for example it just stutters like crazy.

Apparantely it's all about using the right codecs with SageTV. But could it be the video card or the processor that can't handle it?

I have a Popcorn Hour and it plays DVDs and mkv files perfect and I think it has a 300Mhz processor and only 256MB of Ram so I'm not sure if it's just that my PC can't handle SageTV.

Does anyone have experience with SageTV, any recommendations?


I love SageTV because it gives me PVR functions much like a Tivo does, it's very configurable, it has a great looking TV Guide and I'm able to control my satellite receiver with my IR Blaster that came with my Media center Remote. The stutter does anoy me though. It's almost never noticeable, except in some scenes and very noticeable in sports.

***Update***

I guess it was raw power. I picked up a cheap mob and a Core 2 Duo 3.06 Ghz and added 1 more Gig of memory. Reinstalled Windows 7 pro 64-bit to use the 4GB of RAM.

Using the same Nvidia Nvidia Pure Video Encoder. I did overclock the Geforec 220 GT though. Now video plays smooth. SageTV rocks! it has a very nice interface. I love the EPG and is nice to control my STB using the IR-Blaster for my MCE remote and my Logitech Harmony 300 remote. But SageTV costs $80 which is on the expensive side.

Anyways it's good to know that just a 2Ghz core 2 Duo and very cheap video card won't cut it for some software if you are thinking about building a HTPC
Edited by saulin - 2/10/11 at 11:40am
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I7 920 @ 4.3Ghz Asus P6X58D Premium Zotac GTX 480 6GB CORSAIR XMS3 7-7-7-20 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2X Vertex LE 100GB SSDs/RAID-0 & 2TB Barracuda XT Samsung SH-S243D 24x DVD-Writer Windows 7 LG Flatron W2242TQ & LG Flatron W1942TQ 
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Corsair TX750W Cooler Master Haf 932 
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