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Wannabe Geek

#25603 26-Aug-2008 22:34
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Hi Guys

Current Rig:
Asus P5K-R Mobo
Intel Q6600 2.4 Ghz - as yet not overclocked
Asus 8800 GTS
4 x SATA HDD's
1x DVD Drive
Antec Sonata III case
19" CHIMEI monitor

2 spare 5.25 bays
1 spare pci slot
1 spare pci-e slot
1 spare pci graphics card slot

I currently have no SATA or IDE ports left on my motherboard, so woul need to add a pci card with more SATA ports if i wanted to add another HDD - im thinking of adding a 1Tb SATA HDD. So i cant fit a pci tv card unless i can find a pci-e sata port card.

TV Tuner:
I am looking to add a tv card with a remote to my current system. I dont watch tv much, but i want to be able to record shows to watch later. I have a connection to a UHF arial available as input. I am currently looking at a Hauppage HVR-2200 for my tv card.

I also have a lot of old VHS tapes that i want to make digital copies of, and i am wondering if that is possible with the HVR-2200?
I was hoping to simply plug my VCR in via s-video or RCA and record.

What is a good remote for the HVR-2200?

I am wondering whether it is worth getting a HDMI capable monitor. I am not sure if the HVR-2200 can do HD freeview?

I do a lot of gaming, and i also like having a lot of space available for multiple documents to be open at once.
Hence i am thinking a single 24" monitor+ my current 19" would work. A pair of 22" + the 19" is an alternative, but i dont think i have the desk space to set them up easily.

Any recomendations on monitor setup/model?

I am currently looking at these models:
Samsung 22inch 2232BW Widescreen 2ms 3000:1 HDCP DVI LCD Monitor
Samsung SyncMaster 245B 24" Wide screen HDCP 3000:1
Samsung SyncMaster 226BW
BenQ G2400W 24" TFT Monitor 1920 x 1200250 cd/m2 5 ms 16:9 HDMI/DVI-D/VGA
Acer P241W 24" Wide Professional LCD 1920X1200 2mS 3000:1
Viewsonic VX2640w 26" Widescreen LCD 1920X1200 2MS DVI + Analogue
ACER AL2416WBSD 24" WIDE LCD 1920X1200 5MS 1000:1
Samsung 24" 2493HM 5ms HDMI Black LCD Monitor
BenQ 24" Wide V2400W, Black (Glossy Bezel/ Frame), 5ms, HDMI

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Uber Geek


  #160011 26-Aug-2008 23:12
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I also have a lot of old VHS tapes that i want to make digital copies of, and i am wondering if that is possible with the HVR-2200?
I was hoping to simply plug my VCR in via s-video or RCA and record.

that should be possible, but if you have a lot of tapes you might find it easier to take them somewhere that will do it for you.  if your VHS is sub-par then the results might not be that good. 

What is a good remote for the HVR-2200?

by searching the forums (perhaps reading the similar threads from this week even) you will see that the MCE Remote kits are generally considered a good option as they work with several popular software packages

I am not sure if the HVR-2200 can do HD freeview?

once again, i would suggest a searching the forums in HTPC or FreeView as there are tons of posts talking about using the hvr2200 for receiving freeview HD

Any recomendations on monitor setup/model?

You dont have any AOC monitors listed - i use them in the office and am quite happy with them.  Although i havent tried it they are supposed to support HDCP over the DVI-D inputs so I expect they should be able to take a protected video feed.  At $279+gst retail for the 22" its a good price-point at QMB in Auckland:  As i'm not a gamer i can't offer an opinion on whether they are any good for that...

your list of monitors is quite broad - you have both 1680x1050 panels and 1920x1200 panels listed.  if you want to display "true HD" in 1:1 pixel mapping then you will need the higher resolution monitors otherwise your output will be scaled to fit.  of course the higher res will cost in $$


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Uber Geek


  #160016 26-Aug-2008 23:28
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For monitor get the Samsung 245B, its got a good panel in it and is full HD. Almost every retailer has a free return flight to australia offer when you buy one, its done through the NZ supplier.
Some people are even buying two to claim 2 tickets, then selling the second on trademe at minimal loss.


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Wannabe Geek

  #160170 27-Aug-2008 15:03
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The 245B looks great. The free trip to aus certainly helps its attraction.

Ok, MCE remote looks like the best choice. The logitech ones are great, but i cant justify spending that much on a remote =(

HVR-2200 can do freeview HD, so should suit me just fine.

Thanks for your help Regs.

PS. What is the update status box doing where the search bar should be?

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  #160208 27-Aug-2008 16:28
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Adding to the free flight promotion which is done through Ingram Micro, this is a good read.

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