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    PVR need some guidance

    this is what ive picked out so far........

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    this box is going to be a total PVR.....not really going to game on it at all.....is the radeon 9800pro overkill?

    could i use a 9600pro and be just as well off?

    any input is appreciated.

    tia

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    I still wouldnt use VIA.


    U gonna use the ATI card for the video capture?

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    Quote Originally Posted by YARDofSTUF
    I still wouldnt use VIA.


    U gonna use the ATI card for the video capture?

    why not VIA?

    no ive got a hauppauge winTV-pvr 350 for capture.

    thanks for the reply

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    Gigabyte ga-7n400 pro nForce2 mobo, Athlon XP3200, thermalright slk900, 1 gig corsair pc3200 cas2, radeon 9800pro, SB Audigy 2 ZS
    case= yeong yang YY-B0221 server cube,550 watt Antec true power,1 wd raptor 74 gig,1 34gig raptor (page) 2 wd 120gig se's raid 1, 1 120gig se. WIN xp Pro, Dual display samsung syncmaster 1100df 21in(Primary) Samsung syncmaster 955df 19in (secondary)".

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMPLIFRIER
    why not VIA?

    no ive got a hauppauge winTV-pvr 350 for capture.

    thanks for the reply

    AMP

    i got a pvr-250 and love it..though i admit it can take a bit to get all settings work and it is picky but once you get it to work it rocks and looks really good.

    you dont need a high end vid card, since it is all done through the pvr

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghosthunter
    i got a pvr-250 and love it..though i admit it can take a bit to get all settings work and it is picky but once you get it to work it rocks and looks really good.

    you dont need a high end vid card, since it is all done through the pvr
    concur.

    I'd be thinking that onboard would be enough for your purpose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AMPLIFRIER
    why not VIA?

    no ive got a hauppauge winTV-pvr 350 for capture.

    thanks for the reply

    AMP

    http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16813135191

    http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16813127150


    Dunno what CPU u were planning on but theres a no cpu and old cpu mobo.

    I said no VIA cuz Nvidia can beat them on memory bandwith.

    Both mobos also have built in video too.

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    im just gonna use an Athlon xp2800 probably.

    how about this vid card.

    http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16814133138

    this rig is only going to be a pvr and mp3 player.

    entertainment pc only.

    no games

    i am totally open to suggestions here.

    i like the ECS board you linked to YOS but im using an athlon i have here.

    the abit isnt micro...wont fit in the case i picked out.

    and hsould i just forget going to micro atx?

    is it more of a headache than its worth?.....worrying if everything will fit with out interfering with other parts.

    should i just go ATX?
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    case= yeong yang YY-B0221 server cube,550 watt Antec true power,1 wd raptor 74 gig,1 34gig raptor (page) 2 wd 120gig se's raid 1, 1 120gig se. WIN xp Pro, Dual display samsung syncmaster 1100df 21in(Primary) Samsung syncmaster 955df 19in (secondary)".

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    http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16813123216


    Micro isnt a big heachace, I've got a SFF shuttle as a PVR/DVR box I like it.


    that mobo is micro and has video, seriously dont look at these expensive video cards if its jsut a home made tivo and mp3 player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YARDofSTUF
    http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16813135191

    http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16813127150


    Dunno what CPU u were planning on but theres a no cpu and old cpu mobo.

    I said no VIA cuz Nvidia can beat them on memory bandwith.

    Both mobos also have built in video too.

    i went with ....

    http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16819103501

    http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16813135191

    and a 1 gig corsair value sel dual channel pair.

    gonna put a sound balster audigy zs2 in it anf the win-tv pvr 350.

    gonna have a 36gig raptor for the os to live on and got 2 seagate 300 gig sata drives for it.
    going to stripe them.

    how much usable space will that work out to after a format?
    about 550gig?

    gawd......i remember getting my 2.5gig quantum fireball hdd in my 166mhz cyrix rig with a massive 32mb of ram.

    lol

    pretty stoked to get the parts and bring it to life.

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    Gigabyte ga-7n400 pro nForce2 mobo, Athlon XP3200, thermalright slk900, 1 gig corsair pc3200 cas2, radeon 9800pro, SB Audigy 2 ZS
    case= yeong yang YY-B0221 server cube,550 watt Antec true power,1 wd raptor 74 gig,1 34gig raptor (page) 2 wd 120gig se's raid 1, 1 120gig se. WIN xp Pro, Dual display samsung syncmaster 1100df 21in(Primary) Samsung syncmaster 955df 19in (secondary)".

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    ya 540-550 gigs, nice choice!

    That will work well if u encode and burn stuff to dvds!

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    ive got windows media center edition.

    i dont think the onboard video will cut it to run media center edition.

    i need a pci-e 16 card.

    anyone else got media center edition running?

    any tips?


    tia

    AMP
    Gigabyte ga-7n400 pro nForce2 mobo, Athlon XP3200, thermalright slk900, 1 gig corsair pc3200 cas2, radeon 9800pro, SB Audigy 2 ZS
    case= yeong yang YY-B0221 server cube,550 watt Antec true power,1 wd raptor 74 gig,1 34gig raptor (page) 2 wd 120gig se's raid 1, 1 120gig se. WIN xp Pro, Dual display samsung syncmaster 1100df 21in(Primary) Samsung syncmaster 955df 19in (secondary)".

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    Looks good amp
    I'm running the Aud 2 in my media PC, works great, but i've heard great things about the M-AUDIO REVOLUTION 7.1 PCI SOUND CARD 24BIT/96KHZ W/ DIGITAL OUT
    or M-AUDIO AUDIOPHILE 2496
    The M Audio is supposed to be a bit better at audio playback and the revo is a bit cheaper then the Aud 2
    I'm also running the 9800 pro all in wonder, so far so good

    The Micro Form factor is nice, HTPC cases are a bit cheaper then the HTPC cases for ATX.
    Still saving for my HTPC case, I'll get it some day.....lol

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    min requiremnet to run media center is a SVGA card, doesnt even list the need for ram on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris
    Looks good amp
    I'm running the Aud 2 in my media PC, works great, but i've heard great things about the M-AUDIO REVOLUTION 7.1 PCI SOUND CARD 24BIT/96KHZ W/ DIGITAL OUT
    or M-AUDIO AUDIOPHILE 2496
    The M Audio is supposed to be a bit better at audio playback and the revo is a bit cheaper then the Aud 2
    I'm also running the 9800 pro all in wonder, so far so good

    The Micro Form factor is nice, HTPC cases are a bit cheaper then the HTPC cases for ATX.
    Still saving for my HTPC case, I'll get it some day.....lol

    those 9800pro's are killer cards for the cash.
    Gigabyte ga-7n400 pro nForce2 mobo, Athlon XP3200, thermalright slk900, 1 gig corsair pc3200 cas2, radeon 9800pro, SB Audigy 2 ZS
    case= yeong yang YY-B0221 server cube,550 watt Antec true power,1 wd raptor 74 gig,1 34gig raptor (page) 2 wd 120gig se's raid 1, 1 120gig se. WIN xp Pro, Dual display samsung syncmaster 1100df 21in(Primary) Samsung syncmaster 955df 19in (secondary)".

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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102401

    thinking about this vid card.

    any opinions?

    suggestions?

    my goal is really just to get media center to run.

    AMP
    Gigabyte ga-7n400 pro nForce2 mobo, Athlon XP3200, thermalright slk900, 1 gig corsair pc3200 cas2, radeon 9800pro, SB Audigy 2 ZS
    case= yeong yang YY-B0221 server cube,550 watt Antec true power,1 wd raptor 74 gig,1 34gig raptor (page) 2 wd 120gig se's raid 1, 1 120gig se. WIN xp Pro, Dual display samsung syncmaster 1100df 21in(Primary) Samsung syncmaster 955df 19in (secondary)".

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