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Topic # 27576 31-Oct-2008 00:22
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I have an old computer lying around doing nothing which I thought Id make into an htpc for the gf's bedroom. Will be going for dvb-s and analogue (all the FTA channels).

Pentium 4 3.0Ghz
Asus P4P800S SE mobo
1GB DDR400 PC3200 SDRAM
Nvidia Geforce FX5200 256MB video card
2 x 160GB 7200rpm ATA HDDs
Creative Soundblaster 5.1 soundcard
DVD/RW
350w psu

Is all I need to get now an HVR3000 card and a cheap htpc case?

Also, what would you suggest for a simple robust GUI? she would be watching/recording tv and dvds and would have a smallish avi movie library and music collection. Needs to be dead simple and hard to break lol

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HTPC: Silverstone Crown CW02 case | Asus P5Q-L main board | Intel Dual core E8400 3.0GHz CPU | Thermalright Ultra120-Extreme Passive CPU Cooler | Blackgold BTG3540 TV Tuner & Hauppauge PVR-150 MCE Edition | Asus EN9600GT-Silent Passive GPU | 4GB Supertalent DDR2 800 RAM | 5+TB HDD space | LiteOn DH-401S BD/DVD/CD reader | Corsair HX-520w PSU | 1 single Noctua Silent Case fan | Logitech diNovo Bluetooth Media Desktop | Logitech Harmony 785 Universal Remote | Logitech Wireless Rumblepad 2 | Windows 7 Media Center, MediaBrowser & Arcsoft Total Media Theatre

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  Reply # 174772 31-Oct-2008 06:41
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Providing you are not going to be trying to play any HD material that hardware should be fine.

Personally I think the media centre software that has the highest female acceptance factor is still Vista Media Centre. However I think mediaportal is getting close as well.







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  Reply # 174783 31-Oct-2008 08:17
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Nety: Providing you are not going to be trying to play any HD material that hardware should be fine.

Personally I think the media centre software that has the highest female acceptance factor is still Vista Media Centre. However I think mediaportal is getting close as well.


Cheers. I agree about VMC, however, using vista would require a RAM upgrade would it not? Or could I get by with 1 GB of oldish RAM if only using VMC?




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  Reply # 174787 31-Oct-2008 08:30
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I know you said budget but, the hvr3000 doen't have a hardware mpeg2 encoder on the analog side and that's going to cause you real problems especially if you decide to go with MediaPortal, not sure how well VMC handles software encoding?

In any case software encoding is messy and nasty! I'd suggest getting separate cards. basic DVB-S and a PVR-150. It's only going to push cost out by about $100.




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  Reply # 174830 31-Oct-2008 11:21
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Asmodeus:
Cheers. I agree about VMC, however, using vista would require a RAM upgrade would it not? Or could I get by with 1 GB of oldish RAM if only using VMC?


VMC will run with 1 Gig, you would get a good performace gain by adding a second gig but I think you will find it ok once it is up and running. Vista gives you a month before you have to activate it anyway just install without a key so see how it handles it.

mcraenz:
I know you said budget but, the hvr3000 doen't have a hardware mpeg2 encoder on the analog side and that's going to cause you real problems especially if you decide to go with MediaPortal, not sure how well VMC handles software encoding?

In any case software encoding is messy and nasty! I'd suggest getting separate cards. basic DVB-S and a PVR-150. It's only going to push cost out by about $100.


Yeah very true. Get yourself a PVR150 as well to do the analog stuff.







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  Reply # 174906 31-Oct-2008 16:04
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OK thanks guys, didnt think about that. Will grab a Nova-s card and maybe the pvr-150.

Would this do instead?

http://www.qmb.co.nz/p.aspx?106461

It's half the price of the pvr-150 ($55 incl gst)




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  Reply # 174957 31-Oct-2008 18:52
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Not sure if it's supported under MediaPortal TVSeerver or not; may well work if it's using a common chipset however a PVR-150 is about the most common analog card out there, it's tried ant true.




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