I have obtained a computer from work that has some issues connecting to the network, it always says "network cable unplugged" we have had a new motherboard and install of Windows loaded but the problem persists. Anyway I am going to take it home and set it up for video's etc.
My plan is to install a second hard drive 2-3TB, a video card, wireless card and set up to play DVD's and possible stream video from time to time, I would also like to have it set up to record Sky by running the sky decoder thru the RCA's thru the HTPC then out thru the HDMI of the video card.
So I need to purchase a video card with video and audio capture and HDMI and a wireless card, the HTPC will be about 2-3 meter from the router so it wont need to be super powerful.
My questions are,
What video card should I be looking for (it is PCI-e)
What wireless card?
Which OS is best for this, it currently has XP Pro on it.
The computer was a custom built one, it has a G-Froce 7600GS video card at the moment (no HDMI), 4GB ram and a 300GB HDD but will just use that for windows and storage on another drive.