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Recently rerouted the cables in our house so now I have a cable wire in the computer room. What I would like to do is be able to hook up the TV cable to my computer(either through a PCI card or though an external box; not the cable company box). I do not want the comcast cable box in that room as I would have to pay comcast every month for owning an extra box. I want to be able to watch HD(1080p) and record. The thing I am curious about is, would I be able to play crysis 2 AND record TV at the same time? From what I have read, you have to actually be watching the TV to record. I want to be able to do my work at home(miscrosoft office) and game while my TV shows are recording on a separate hard drive.

Is that possible with current technology, and if so, which product do I need? Would prefer to spend no more than $500, but wiling to pay more for a permanent solution.

Thank you in advance for the help.
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Well essentially what you need is a TV tuner. I know you can record shows with the, but I'm not sure if you can multitask at the same time as well. This is as far as I can help you with that. My knowledge of them is limited since I never used one.
    
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Yes, I need to be able to multiple task.
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I would be ok with having it minimized while I record.
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post #5 of 14
You will oly be able to record the channels that your tv can see.
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post #6 of 14
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Well for instance, say I had a top of the line tv tuner card installed and I'm doing some work on Microsoft office or playing crysis 2, would I be able to record a show in 1080p if I had media center minimized ? If so which tv tuner card would allow me to do that.
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Or how about if I had crysis 2 on my main monitor and tv on the second monitor.
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post #8 of 14
Well
1. Broadcasts are in 1080i or 720p
2. You need to see what channels you have in clear Qam, hook the coax up to a hdtv and see what channels you get w/o a box
3. You can multitask.
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post #9 of 14
I can telly you from experience that if you use WMC for TV recording it doesn't actually have to be open for it to record a scheduled program. It will however potentially slow down gaming performance. I found out the hard way one night during a raid in LOTRO, WMC started a scheduled recording and my game slowed down noticeably.
    
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post #10 of 14
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Do you think that even with my high end components that I have in my sig I would suffer the same performance decrease?
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