recommended items for a new media centre

  jammersp 23:08 PM 29 Dec 10

Hi guys,
I am going to build a new windows 7 media centre, and would like it to have freeview HD and be able to output 1080P HD.
what make components do you guys recommend?

I have already chosen an AMD AM3, DDR3 MB/Memory/CPU combo.

Your thoughts and experience would be appreciated.
many thanks

  john bunyan 08:47 AM 30 Dec 10

Have a look here:
Maybe worth the PVR version.
You will need a good aerial.
click here

  john bunyan 08:48 AM 30 Dec 10

Or here:
click here

  OTT_B 14:51 PM 30 Dec 10

Exact usage requirements are a must to know when spec'ing a Media Centre. It will affect everything from the case you buy to the software you need to install (and purchase in some instances).

So, do you intend:

Backing up existing DVDs to hard drive
Playing blu-ray films
Use as a music centre
Having more than one TV tuner (for recording / watching multiple channels)
use of a satellite tuner at any point for Freesat
Networking it to either an NAS or other PC

Also put some careful thought into what remote control you want to use.

I've got to say, I'm a huge fan of my Media Centre, despite having some issues that I'm still trying to resolve. Truly better and more versatile than any PVR, and not expensive either.

  jammersp 15:07 PM 30 Dec 10

I really intend to use it only for TV.
So HD TV either Freeview or Freesat.

I also have an existing freeview aerial which i could use, would this be good enough for HD freeview?


  OTT_B 15:39 PM 30 Dec 10

If it's for TV only - and nothing else - then a shop bought PVR is a better way forward.

Try something like click here


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