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So, Just What Is a Multimedia Desktop?

by asoroken / December 4, 2007 12:52 AM PST

I am going to purchase a new desktop with a dual or quad core processor and 4GB of memory so that I can edit HD videos from a Sony HD Handycam using Pinnacle editing software for the Sony AVC HD format. I would also like to put my music and photos on the computer.

I plan to add an eSATA port to rapidly access video stored externally, a hot graphics card, and a remote control.

Do I need a game quality graphics card, like the XFX GeForce 8800 gt optimized for DX10, or is that a waste of money (I don't game)?

Whay is the purpose of a TV tuner?

Should I get the Windows Media operating system?

Will I be able to hook this up to my large screen HD LCD?

What else might I add to the computer?

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"4GB of memory" = Will you be upset when?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 4, 2007 1:03 AM PST

The usual version of Windows will report from 2.9 to 3.5GB of RAM. On top of that, as supplied Windows limits applications to just 2.0GB RAM.

Is this 4GB for bragging rights?


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Optimum Memory
by asoroken / December 4, 2007 11:38 AM PST

That's good to know. How do I get Windows to recognize over the 2 GB mark, and how much is enough?

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'hot' graphics card is a waste if you don't game
by ramarc / December 5, 2007 12:30 AM PST

A TV tuner will allow your PC to watch and record television.

For a new PC, Windows XP Media Center Edition or Windows Vista Home Premium are good choices since they're not that much more expensive than the base home versions ($30 or so) and they include multimedia features (noteably dvd/photo/music browsing/playback in a kiosk mode).

Hooking up the PC to you HDTV depends on the PC and TV. If the PC has DVI/HDMI ports and the HDTV has multiple DVI/HDMI ports (uncommon in models more than 4 years old) then it's pretty straight-forward with the appropriate cable.

Many desktops now offer eSATA ports so make that a feature requirement rather than adding it later.

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