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
msi K8n diamond plus
2 gigs corsair ddr 433
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.
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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.
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.
...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.