help me build a media center pc on a budget

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  1. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    i'm looking to keep it under $500. i don't need any hard drives or cd drives, already have that

    i prefer a micro-atx form factor, small quiet case design
    would like to use it for dvr functionality
    currently have analog cable - no cable box needed
    possibility of hdtv with ota antenna
    in the future - thinking 2009, will need cablecard or some type of hd cable tuner


    so i need to figure out a processor, amount of ram, decent mobo.
    what i really have no idea on is the video card

    would be hooked up to a 32" westinghouse with dvi
     
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  3. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Ok, I'm going to assume that you have an operating system and
    post the pieces parts for you to get.
    I actually surprised myself on how much I could put together for the money.


    Intel DG965OT - Retail - micro-atx motherboard - $130 shipped
    You won't need a graphics card or sound card.
    I'm running this board with an E6600 core 2 duo.

    It has:
    8 channels of audio.
    Onboard X3000 graphics with up to 384mb shared memory.
    Completely supports Vista Aero.
    Firewire
    6 Sata 3.0
    10, count 'em, ten usb 2.0 ports.
    An ide channel
    Supports Celeron D. Pentium, Pentium D, Core 2 Duo
    ps/2 ports
    Built in raid 0, 1, 0+1, and 5

    Go here for a decent review on the graphics chip:
    http://sg.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070207082306AAfc1le

    Then go here, to buy it:
    http://www.buy.com/prod/Intel_DG965OT_Desktop_Board_Core_2_Duo_Pentium_D_Pentium_4_Celeron_D/q/loc/101/202849359.html


    Intel Pentium D 915 - Retail - $106 shipped
    Dual core, 2x2mb chache, 2,8ghz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819116253


    OCZ Gold - 2x1gb memory $165 shipped after $30 rebate ($195 up front)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820227078



    Antec media center case for $113 shipped
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811129014


    This is one sweet looking media center case, with two 120mm fans from the factory
    and 380 watt psu that you can trust.

    If you ever had a reason to call customer support, you would be glad
    you spent the extra money.
    I've called Antec several times for random pieces parts, and their support
    is U.S. based, no hassles whatsoever, and they just send you the parts free.

    After the $30 OCZ rebate, this brings you to $514 for a very much
    badass true media center pc with a big wad of memory, respectably fast cpu,
    and beautiful media center case.

    Just do it!





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  4. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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  5. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Ok, I misunderstood the part of you wanting the tuner inside the pc.

    As far as the ATI OCUR, I couldn't find a price on it but it's not going to be cheap.

    My suggestion would be to build the mcpc now, and wait until you
    can afford the card/tuner at a later date.
    Otherwise, you wind up with a pc that can't keep up with the media feeds.
     
  6. peerk

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    Check this out.

    http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060131-6081.html

    and

    http://arstechnica.com/guides/other/cablecard.ars/4


    These articles are about a year old. I'm not sure if things have changed since then but it doesn't look good for the DIY crowd.
     
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    Just assuming you have more money, what would be a good TV Tuner card?
     
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    CrazyInteg Honda-Acura.net OG

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    in for later
     
  9. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    egh, fuck it. i'll just use my tivo till it dies

    then i'll buy a home theatre pc, hopefully they will have a better solution out then
     

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