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Old 01-24-06, 12:58 AM
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Building a HTPC

I am just starting to think about using my pc for a HTPC. Would my current system be a good enough starting point ?

My current spec is

AMD 64 Athlon 3000
DFI Lanparty UT N4 Ultra D
Leadtek PX6600 GT Extreme TDH
1GB RAM
200GB HD
DVD-RW
XP Professional


I dont have a sound card but use the onboard one from the Motherboard.

I only have a regular 4:3 tv but want to use the pc mostly for playing back AVIs onto it and hopefully soon as a DVR.

I think my card can output HD (not that I have a HD TV )


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It looks like it will do the job. Can your TV accept component input? S-video output from an HTPC pretty much sucks. As does onboard sound unless you don't have a receiver to decode DD or DTS.
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No, my TV only accepts Composite and S-Video.

I have a AV Receiver so hopefully can output via spdif to that
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I disagree that s-video sucks. That's what I use on my HTPC and I've been using it for over a year and am VERY happy with the quality.

I also use the onboard audio and I have no complaints with it either..

Your PC specs are more then enough (especially if your not capturing and encoding video).

My HTPC is one of, if not THE, favorite toy of mine. I use Meedio for the front end..

My specs are similar:

Ahanix D5 Media Center Case // AMD Athlon XP 3000+ // MSI K7N2 Delta2-LSR Motherboard // 512MB PC3200 Memory // ATI 9600 Pro // 120 GB, 80 GB 160 GB HDD's
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Id like to capture video eventually since i dont have a VCR or DVR.

Any recommendations on a decent card ?
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i've been looking at the hauppage 500 -- 2 tuners on one card. check it out at newegg.
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not sure if i need 2 tuners as I have a digital cable box and i think it only outputs one channel at a time.

I looked at the haupagge line (the 150 and 500) and they look good. I couldnt however see any outputs to the TV from the card though. Do they rely on your existing graphics card to output back to the TV ? Im not interested in watching tv on my pc just a way of recording / pausing live tv etc.
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Originally Posted by kms_md
i've been looking at the hauppage 500 -- 2 tuners on one card. check it out at newegg.
Would that work with MythTV?

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