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Master Geek


Topic # 93664 26-Nov-2011 09:34
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Hi Guys, I hope this is a simple question for you all.

I have a "Asus P5LD2 SE" that I'm going to put in a "Silverstone LC17-B" for my HTPC.

Do you think an "Intel Core 2 Duo E6300" would be ok for Freeview HD on dual tuners? (DVB-T). I'll be using the Hauppauge HVR2200.

Unsure on the graphics card yet.. Was hoping a 8500/9500gt or something similar would be ok.

Thoughts?

TIA!

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  Reply # 550196 26-Nov-2011 09:54
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Ive got a Pentium E2180 in my HTPC with 2 cheap Kworld tuners, works fine.



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  Reply # 550203 26-Nov-2011 10:03
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Ah thank you.

And it runs fine recording DVB-T? No lag or anything?

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  Reply # 550210 26-Nov-2011 10:14
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Nope, works great, I also have a 4670 in it which seemed to help alot with responsiveness in the menus.

I think depending on what video card you use you can use the video card to decode the Freeview video? ie 5450 and other newer cards, making the CPU you use not matter so much. Someone else might be able to expand on that.

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  Reply # 550220 26-Nov-2011 10:37
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I think the graphics card is more important than the CPU. Your E6300 will be more than adequate, you just need to get a graphics card than can handle the HD video (most new ones will be perfectly sufficient).



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Master Geek


  Reply # 550274 26-Nov-2011 12:21
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Hmm ok. Well i'm glad the cpu has been ticked off.

Would it be worth grabbing a cheapo 9500 or 9600gt? Or going new and getting a 6450?

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  Reply # 550292 26-Nov-2011 14:03
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I reckon a good GFX card with HD capable decoding hardware will do as when I run my HD content tv or HD video I sometimes minimized my WMC in Win7 and the cpu is hardly operating as GPU is doing the hard work. Lots of fast ram do help too and a fast hard drive.

My cpu is core 2 duo and does fine with a 8500GT card with two Hauppauge hvr 3000 cards running recording and watching simultaneously without lag.


Andy 



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  Reply # 550297 26-Nov-2011 14:19
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Ah thanks Andy!

I have an HVR 3000 here at the moment too, Might add it to the HTPC at a later date as well.
I'll set my minimum requirement as a 8500gt then :)

Thanks for the help guys, Much appreciated :)

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  Reply # 550310 26-Nov-2011 15:21
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silver565: Hmm ok. Well i'm glad the cpu has been ticked off.

Would it be worth grabbing a cheapo 9500 or 9600gt? Or going new and getting a 6450?


I would personally go for something newer by Nvidia e.g. 520 But an older 9500 would be more than adequate.

Stick to the low end from either manufacturer if all your doing is watching media, you don't need the extra processing power



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Master Geek


  Reply # 550355 26-Nov-2011 17:03
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Ah thanks.

I didn't want to get a beast of a card, Nothing dual slot etc.
I'll see what pbtech throws my way

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  Reply # 550367 26-Nov-2011 17:23
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I did say earlier that the 8500GT did the job great but if you are thinking of running also games there then a newer card will do you better. Im thinking about getting this card for the lounge HTPC http://www.nvidia.com/object/product-geforce-gt-430-us.html
My father in law have this card and the image is heaps better than mine and does not require extra power from psu and has HDMI and half the size for small HTPC cases.
And put my old 9600GSO 768mb for the gaming HTPC in the bedroom.


Andy



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  Reply # 550388 26-Nov-2011 18:41
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Ah, perhaps I'll get a new card then. If the 430 will do the job then I'll grab that. I do want it to look good after all..

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