Purchase date: In the next month
System usage: HTPC, DVR, light surfing
Parts not required: Monitor keyboard mouse
Prefered purchase site: Newegg.com
Ok guys Ive decided to convert my old gaming rig which is just collecting dust right now into a HTPC, and I need a little advice.
I want to try and use as many of my current components as would be feasible. Ram and HDD should be perfectly fine for the new build, although I plan to add a 250g Seagate HDD for storage and use the old 80 gig purely for OS. The PSU works perfectly, but it is not modular and I had trouble routing all the extra cables in my mid tower case so this could be a real issue in an HTPC chassis. I'm also worried about the sound output of the PSU fan as well. I believe the GPU should be ok unless there are any issues performance wise I might be missing, although it is not HDCP compliant which is a definite negative. I would like to reuse the proc and mobo as both seems to be working perfectly. I believe the only positive I could get from replacing the mobo would be a smaller form factor, but the few HTPC cases I like all support ATX mobos.
PQI TURBO 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667
Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 ST380817AS 80GB 7200 RPM SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive
The Chassis, CPU fan, PSU, and TV card put the price of the build at just under $350 bucks. Im willing to spend about $500, so I have a little room to play with if you guys see something that should be added/changed. So there are the basics of the build. Ive built 3 PCs for my own personal use, but im completely clueless when it come to the TV tuners. I definalty want to be able to record and watch 2 separate channels, so I guess that means I will need a dual tuner card. I would also like to be able to pause and rewind live TV, I dont know if that would require anything special or different so I wanted to throw it in there. I have windows XP64 Pro, and im planning on using Media Portal. Ok guys so thats basically it. Please give me any advice/critisim you have
Sorry the HDDs should say 2 250s. If im not mistaken the Hauppauge would handle the video in as well as the DVR functions? As far as outputting the video to the PC I just remembered I have a 4850 that I loanded to a frind when his card went out, he has since replaced his so the 4850 is going to go into this build. It has 2 dvi ports so i will use a DVI to HDMi adapter and use the card for video and sound passthrough into my TV a 46 b610 samsung