TV Tuner Card Opinion?

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  1. dissonance

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    Opinions on TV tuner cards?

    My idea is to setup my PC to accept TV signal (via coaxial cable) from a digital cable box and then send the signal back out to my TV (via DVI cable). I was thinking of installing GB-PVR if I don't like the bundled software for the TV tuner card. I would like to have the ability to record live TV, but it is not a big priority.

    My system: Samsung 32" Wide HD CRT TV (was going to use the 1080i setting) and a Sony PC with P4 1.8GHz, 1GB PC2100 DDR RAM, PNY GeForce 7600GS 512MB AGP 4X, Windows XP Home (though I have a legit copy of XP Pro I could load if need be but would rather leave as is).


    I was thinking about this card but don't know too much in this area:
    Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150 PCI Interface 1045 Tuner Card - Retail
    --(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815116625)
    and I know I will probably actually get the HVR-1600 model and may need to contact customer support if I get the Vista only version of the remote.



    Also, if anyone has a wireless keyboard/mouse suggestion (cheap would be better) thats welcome too.


    EDIT: Most likely what I will do is use DesktopX and create a large icon theme to launch video player/etc since the TV is not LCD and doesn't have a pixel definition so I can read text easily
     
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  2. Wolf68k

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    I don't know what bundled software that GB-PVR comes with but you can use any software you want to watch TV with and/or capture video.

    Hauppauge usually get good reviews.

    Might want to look at something that supports HDTV if you're interested in that.
    I know Pinnacle is a simple USB dongle type that is coax in (no s-video or composite input, however the HD Unlimited and Pro Sticks do) and supports HDTV, I don't know if you can use it with a HD-cable box or not it might be just over-the-air HD. Nice if you want to move it from system to system and ideal for a laptop.

    I've got a Leadtek I'm very happy with for the last 2-3years but I wouldn't mind upgrading to a HDTV card.
     
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    tv tuners are convenient but the quality of them doesnt justify their high prices on "higher end" models.
     
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    My initial plan was to build a second system as a DVR box...
     
  5. dorkultra

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    connecting coax is not a good idea. you should look for a tuner card that accepts the highest quality output that your cable box can output. hdmi/dvi or component will give you the best. second best would be s-video, followed by composite...coax is dead last for quality
     
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    I connect to mine via coax and I can view shows in HD. Mine has a clearqam tuner. I don't use a box prior to the tuner though.
     
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    that would be one of the only reasons to use coax, to grab clearqam channels.
     

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