I'm putting together a HTPC, it will be used for watching xvid movies, and Freeview HD, so no blu ray movies.
Here are the specifcations:
AMD X2 4200+
Windows XP Pro SP3
Nova 500 tuner
I know the CPU is a bit slow, but that motherboard has the fancy new 780G chipset which I believe has onboard hardware x.264 decoding. I will be using Mediaportal for the software.
What I need to know: will this setup play Freeview HD streams smoothly? Also, will I be able to record to the HDD (just a straight dump)?
One further question for Mediaportal experts. The Nova 500 is a dual tuner card, does this mean I can have the mediaportal server and client on my HTPC, someone can be watching say, TV2 in HD, and I can watch TV3 in HD on my laptop using just the client?