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Hans Moleman Mar 10, 2007, 01:43am EST Report Abuse


AMD Athlon64 X2 3800+
ABit AN8 Ultra nForce4 Ultra Chipset
MSI 9800GT OC 512MB
CORSAIR ValueSelect 2GB (2 x 1 GB) DDR 400
Antec 500W PSU
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SuPeR Xp Mar 10, 2007, 02:38am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Building a Cheap Media Center PC
Everything looks good, but I would strongly advise you get a better graphics card. This will be the key in driving your media along with the tuner which you have.

I recommend these cards:
Radeon X1300 (X1550) only because it supports the ATI AVIVO video technology. I believe it makes a difference in picture quality. As long as you get the X1000 series of cards, they support AVIVO.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102081
I know it costs a little more, but this is just my suggestion.

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BoT Mar 10, 2007, 03:57am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Building a Cheap Media Center PC
yes gfx, i would not go below 6200. you will feel and see the difference and they are only
10-15 bucks more. thats absolute min for me. i also would get a large hdd if you are on planning on recording tv. it easly adds up.

do you already have mce? good stuff too, or vista's mc if you ultimate or premium.
beyond tv is also good and as a free version they have media portal (2 i believe) at sourceforge.net

i also use the ms wireless mouse and keyboard with it. nice toys, the remote works well

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Hans Moleman Mar 10, 2007, 12:54pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Building a Cheap Media Center PC
Thanks for the advice. Do you think that Sapphire video card will fit ok in the case I chose? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811138072
I was thinking I might need a low profile card since I was working with such a small case.

I haven't decided whether to use Windows MCE or Vista Home Premium yet. I figured I'd test each one out before making a decision.

AMD Athlon64 X2 3800+
ABit AN8 Ultra nForce4 Ultra Chipset
MSI 9800GT OC 512MB
CORSAIR ValueSelect 2GB (2 x 1 GB) DDR 400
Antec 500W PSU
phil Mar 10, 2007, 01:41pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Building a Cheap Media Center PC
if you're looking at a media centre pc.. im assuming it's going in your living room ...
go quiet or go home..

.. get a silent heat pipe for your proc.. something like a thermaltake sonic tower would work good.. but other manufacturuers make equally good products.
http://www.thermaltake.com/product/Cooler/Socket_A462/Socket_A...index.html

, and a silent video card... you can get a silent asus x1650 for pretty cheap (asus eax1650pro silent) .. there are also Nvidia offerings in the 7300 and 7600 range.

.. and if you add any case fans, go with "stealths" or an equally quiet brand of 120mm.. they move alot of air, and are quieter then regular 80mm's.

the same goes with power suply.. they do make silent PSU's , but most psu's good featuring a 120mm or 140mm fan are cheaper and just as quiet..

if you keep these things in mind, you wont even be able to tell your media pc is even on unless you're looking at it.

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