What Are Good TV Tuner Cards?

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  1. LeeNetworX

    LeeNetworX New Member

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    I've decided to build a Windows XP Media Center Edition box and I was wondering what experience any of you may have had with the newer tuner cards. I'm specifically looking for a dual tuner card. I had a Hauppage WinTV card years ago that wasn't bad but wasn't great.
     
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    Hauppage PVR-150s are good cards.

    and cards with the ATI Theatre 550 are suppose to be really good cards, however ihave never used one before.
     
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    stay away from ATI. The newer Hauppauge cards are really good. Get the PVR-150, 250 or 350 if you need the remote and Video out
     
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    Stay away from ATI All-in-wonders. The Theater Pro 550 is a dedicated tuner that is all hardware MPEG :) Supposed to be pretty good. Hauppauge cards are solid once they are up and running, but their drivers suck to install.
     
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    Big problem with that one is the lack of hardware MPEG encoding. That's OK if all you want to do is watch TV. If you want to use it as a DVR (pause, rewind, record) it's going to suck your CPU dry doing software encoding.

    Diamond's XtremeTV PVR 600 and COMPRO USB VideoMate Live both have hardware MPEG encoding. I've never used either, so research some reviews for more info.
     
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    This site helped me alot when building the last 3 HTPC's I built... Good info and reviews strictly for Media PC's or HTPC's....

    http://www.htpcnews.com/
     
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    if I was to get the Hauppage 150 (or whichever one has the hardware mpeg) would i need any high end video card/processor/ram? i'm planning on building a PVR with as many spare parts as i have. I've got a 478 pin board with 384RDRAM(i'll upgrade that to 512 prolly)and a 1.6A P4. i could get any video card that has svideo out basically, right?
     
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    No, the Hauppage does most of the work. Research the video card. Not all s-video output is the same! Some of the really cheap cards can look fine on a monitor but like ass on a TV.
     
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    Thanks for the replies, all.
     

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