Important Component List:
CPU - Celeron E3200 Dual Core
Motherboard - BIOSTAR G31E-M7
RAM - 4 GB (2GB x 2) DDR2 800 RAM
Hard Drive - 1 TB WD Caviar Green
Video Card - GeForce 9500 GT 512 MB 128 bits
TV Tuner - Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250
A couple questions I have for right now. I want the system for two major purposes (Play DVD's and eventually Blu-Rays...once the price of Blu-Ray Burners goes down), and then as a DVR.
1.) Is this system powerful enough to do everything I want (can it record/play back high def video, and can it play blu-rays (possibly both simultaneously) with good quality?
2.) Are there any components I could downgrade without damaging the system (i thought about going down to a single core 35W celeron processor, so that I could make it a little quieter...not sure if that's worth it)
3.) I am unfortunately stuck with comcast cable...i know their digital signals are encrypted. What limits does that put on what i can do with this system?
3) as for encrypted channels, you would be able to get the ones that are clearQAM (which usually are just local broadcast channels)
is there any way to get around this? For instance, if I run my cable through the HD receiver and then into the computer, will the HD system unscramble the channels for me? I know that would mean i'd have to select the channel on the cable box... but i need to have some way to tape games that come in on espn hd etc.
Honestly, Comcast (and the others) is making changes throughout their network - dunno where yours stands. Last month they shifted my area over, requiring everyone to get the digital descrambl . . . er, set top boxes that output only the channel selected on that box.
While that does not affect any analogue channels carried in my area (eg. those remaining on Basic Cable) - yet - it does mean that without an analog tuner, or a cable card, you won't be able to use your PC as a tuner.
Until that deal Microsoft struck with Big Cable spreads and allows Cablecards on home-built HTPCs, their usefulness is . . . low.
As an aside, this changeover has blown some of the filtering/splitting/modulating I used to do for my own whole house TV setup, actually destroying components lol. Bah!