Media pc build

  victor 11:59 01 Sep 06
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Hi, I am thinking of building my own Media PC, I intend using it purely for recording Digital TV to hard drive and DVD, along with pausing live TV, I would want a very quiet system, would need I think 2 TV cards? Tuners,I would like advice on type/make motherboard/PSu cooling and cpu memory etc, I can obtain OEM XP Media Centre is this best? any help also case design etc? I have read that XP Media is a pain to set up?

  victor 18:23 01 Sep 06

This is the spec I am thinking of using will this be okay for PVR etc.

INTEL® PENTIUM® D 805 (2 X 2.67GHZ) 533mhz FSB/2 x 1MB Cache

Memory
1024 MB CORSAIR DDR2-533 PC4200
Motherboard
HIGH END ASUS®: DUAL DDR2, S-ATA, x16 slot, 2 PCI, etc

USB Options
SIX USB 2.0 PORTS (4 REAR + 2 FRONT)

Hard Drive
SATA 250 GB HARD DISK @ 7200rpm 8mb cache

DVD ROM/Combi Drive
16x +/- DVD WRITER (8x +/- Dual Lyr) (5x DVD-RAM) (40x CD-RW) (£19)

Graphics Card 1
512MB GEFORCE 7300GS (256MB SMA) PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT

Sound Card
HIGH END ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL SOUND (RECOMMENDED)

Network Facilities
10/100 NETWORK CARD FOR BROADBAND - AS STANDARD

INTERNAL 23 IN 1 CARD READER (READS XD FORMAT) (NO FLOPPY)

Case
Stylish Silver/Black Sigma case + 2 front USB

Power Supply & Cooling
500W (Peak) Super Quiet Dual Rail PSU with 120mm fan (£25)

MICROSOFT® WINDOWS® MCE 2005 (inc. Remote, CD & licence)

TV Card
Digital TV Card (Freeview/Radio/Remote/Pause Live TV) (Special: £32)

  Fingees 18:37 01 Sep 06

If you only want to use it for DVD etc.

Why use a computer.

click here

This is a stand alone device that will do all you want.

All the best

  Fingees 12:07 02 Sep 06

Out of interest,

What did you decide in the end?

  ed-0 12:45 02 Sep 06

The " INTEL® PENTIUM® D 805 (2 X 2.67GHZ) 533mhz FSB/2 x 1MB Cache "

Is a dual core /cache cpu, did you think it was a dual cpu e.g. 2 X 2.67Ghz = 5.34Ghz Or are you putting 2 cpu's into a dual cpu motherboard? Just using the D805 should be fine to run media centre.

" Motherboard
HIGH END ASUS®: DUAL DDR2, S-ATA, x16 slot, 2 PCI, etc "

Do you know the motherboard model? Although with those specs, it should be fine. It was just to check on cpu compatibility.

" Hard Drive
SATA 250 GB HARD DISK @ 7200rpm 8mb cache "

Thats fine, an extra one would make editing and burning easier. e.g. transferring data from one to another rather reading and writing to the same disk. But you can work with one.

" Memory
1024 MB CORSAIR DDR2-533 PC4200 "

great.


" Graphics Card 1
512MB GEFORCE 7300GS (256MB SMA) PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT "

Don't know that card, but have been told that you need a 6600+ AGP to be running some of the better freeview cards. If the card is as good as or better it should be fine.

I don't think anything else matters except the model of the capture card you are thinking of using.

Don't forget the media centre keyboard, you'll need that ;-) click here

Setting up isn't to bad. Just configuring the hard ware and expect a shed load of updates from microsoft. They will require you to run the GVA tool before you get the essential updates to onfigure media centre.

Good luck.

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