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squire strahan May 18, 2008, 11:14am EDT Report Abuse
well since my old system took a turn for the worse i replaced it with a new one;) and i couldnt be happier.
but now im wondering if i should use the old one for a htcp/media center to hold movies and record tv shows and such. im going to rma and replace the defective parts so i can start fresh.
but where should i start? what do i need to build a media center? currently this is the system

4800x2
msi K8n diamond plus
2 gigs corsair ddr 433
7900 gtx
silver stone 750

will the 7900gtx work? could i just get a hdmi to dvi converter for my tv? also wont i need a tv turner like a ATI all in wonder? im just trying to get some advice befor i start buying a few things that i will need.
thanks


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Pwnzilla May 18, 2008, 12:09pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: building a media center pc
Sounds like all you need is Windows Media Center OS, an HDCP capable video card (G92 GeForce) and a media center case if you want to hide the machine in an entertainment center.

Also if you want to stream HD content from the box to an HDTV you'll need a DVI to HDMI cable (9 bucks on newegg.com) and a DVD or BluRay drive. A tuner card if up to you whether you want to control your cable/satellite TV from the computer or just with conventional methods.

Q9300 @ 3.0
Zalman 9700NT
4GB OCZ DDR2-800 @ 1066
eVGA 9800GTX's in SLI
eVGA 780i A1
SB X-Fi Xtreme Gamer
PCP&C Silencer 610W
WD Raptor X 150
squire strahan May 18, 2008, 01:36pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: building a media center pc
im sure that 7900gtx is a HDCP capable video card or is it?

Pwnzilla May 18, 2008, 01:47pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: building a media center pc
It may be HDCP capable, but the new G92 GeForce cards offload the video decoding to the GPU and doesn't rely on your CPU.

You'll have to check online if the 7900GTX is HDCP, there seams to be conflicting write ups about it from what I found.

Q9300 @ 3.0
Zalman 9700NT
4GB OCZ DDR2-800 @ 1066
eVGA 9800GTX's in SLI
eVGA 780i A1
SB X-Fi Xtreme Gamer
PCP&C Silencer 610W
WD Raptor X 150
A_Pickle May 18, 2008, 01:48pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: building a media center pc
Nvidia? For a media center? Go with a modern ATI card. They come with AVIVO HD which enhances video playback and whathaveyou. To get the same function from Nvidia, you need PureVideo HD, which is a $50 software add-on.

squire strahan May 18, 2008, 01:58pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: building a media center pc
thanks for the help,

i was just trying to use what i have already, the spare parts include

2 7900gtx
ati x850xt
msi K89 diamond plus
2 gigs corsair ddr 433
ummm. oh silverston 750 zues
bluegears b-Enspirer

i was hoping to get just a case and a turnercard max spending like 350-400
oh and a remote. i gues i could try the 7900 and then if it doesnt work try something else.

john albrich May 18, 2008, 02:58pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: building a media center pc
Pwnzilla said:
...You'll have to check online if the 7900GTX is HDCP, there seams to be conflicting write ups about it from what I found.

You definitely have to be very precise when looking at the specs. I've seen identically model numbered cards...that appear virtually identical...from different vendors...have significantly different I/O capabilities.

Do NOT rely on a "review" for specification information. Some reviewers don't know a damn thing about a video card unless the company tells them.

~Vel May 19, 2008, 08:46am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: building a media center pc
Also nix XP MCE, go vista home premium.



 

    
 
 

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