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HTPC Atom-ION - Help me with few things..

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April 4, 2010 12:10:18 AM

Here is what I am thinking to buy.

ASUS AT3IONT-I Deluxe Intel Atom 330 PBGA437 NVIDIA ION Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo - Retail (it have free PCIE slot)

WD Caviar Green WD20EADS 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

CD-ROM (I have one somewhere)

Tuner: Can someone recommend me something? I plan to use that PCIE slot for good Tuner.
I was looking at this one, but I am not sure if its good:
Hauppauge WinTV HVR-1250 Hybrid TV Tuner

Case (possible case modification): Can someone recommend me something good?

Since motherboard combo already have it's own PSU (Power adapter), I was thinking to buy this one:
APEX MI-008 Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 250W Power Supply - Retail
Remove the PSU from Case, and put extra fans or something like this in it's place.

Somewhere I saw someone doing similar modification, but I don't think I remember where I found it before.

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April 4, 2010 4:04:06 AM

For a tuner, I would highly recommend that you get a dual tuner rather than a hybrid like the one you linked. The difference is that a dual tuner can pull two broadcasts at the same time (record one show while watching another for example). A hybrid tuner can only switch between ATSC and NTSC broadcasts, but cannot record or display two broadcasts at the same time.

Here are some dual tuner PCIe cards:

Hauppauge HVR-2250

AverMedia A188 Duet

I personally have the A188. There are some of these cards that have a problem with disappearing. I had that issue and had to RMA for a replacement (around Nov. '09). The new card is GREAT. Just thought I would warn you because I'm not sure if the stock of defective cards has been depleted yet. I hear good things about the HVR-2250, but it is more expensive than the A188.

Here's a good resource to do some reading:
April 4, 2010 5:28:34 AM


What do you think about Case?
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April 4, 2010 5:50:30 AM

you dont seem to have ram selected
April 4, 2010 7:16:46 AM

to be honest i wouldn buy the atom+ion combo

i would get
amd athlon II x3
785/885 board
April 11, 2010 12:06:09 AM

Best answer selected by kdar.