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HP Pavilion Slimline Desktop

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November 24, 2012 4:29:28 AM

Hello. Could you tell me which tv tuner will give the best quality picture for a HP Pavilion Slimline Desktop? I listed below all the specs.

Product Features
Intel® Pentium® processor G640
Features a 3MB cache and 2.8GHz processor speed.
6GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM
1TB hard drive
Intel® HD graphics
6-in-1 media reader
Supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard and MultiMediaCard Plus formats.
2 USB 3.0 and 4 USB 2.0 ports
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system
November 24, 2012 3:13:37 PM

Need to know what expansion slots are available in your PC, what the video source is going to be (free over the air transmissions, basic cable without a set top box, cable subscription that requires a set top box, or satellite) and where you are in the world (what country).

-Wolf sends
November 24, 2012 5:09:33 PM

Wolfshadw said:
Need to know what expansion slots are available in your PC, what the video source is going to be (free over the air transmissions, basic cable without a set top box, cable subscription that requires a set top box, or satellite) and where you are in the world (what country).

-Wolf sends



Available Expansion Slots
1 PCI Express x1, 1 PCI Express x16, 1 MiniCard

Basic Cable without a set top box(I think)(Can you tell me how to know if I'll need a set up box or not?)

USA

Video Memory
Up to 1696MB total available as allocated by Windows 7(Is this enough for a smooth clear picture quality using a tv tuner?)
November 24, 2012 6:16:12 PM

If you don't need a set top box now, you won't need one later. The cable company's set top box allows you to view any encrypted channels you subscribe to. A basic cable subscription does not have any encrypted channels, so a set top box is not required.

Pretty much the gold standard for TV Tuner cards in this situation is going to be the Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250. I would also recommend the Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1850 as an option.

If your cable subscription does require the use of a set top box, then I'd go with one of the cablecard solutions.

-Wolf sends
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