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living room gaming *AND* pvr desktop?

by johnnyb88 / December 12, 2007 3:07 AM PST

in some configurators, i'm forced to choose a version of vista that supports cable cards, or one that is optimal for gaming. is it possible to configure a pc to operate well as a gaming platform *AND*
to run well as a pvr?

for me the prospect of running pc games on a large hd television in the living room is compelling. i'd rather not have to purchase two pc's for the separate purposes.

any wisdom welcome!


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dell offers ati tv wonder digital cable and 8800gt
by ramarc / December 12, 2007 10:11 AM PST
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differences in vista o/s types?
by johnnyb88 / December 13, 2007 2:02 AM PST

thanks R. and ramarc;

types of vista that are set up for cable card, and other
types that are supposedly optimized for gaming (ultimate 64?).
how much compromise am i making by going with the cable car type vs.
the ultimate that is recommended for gaming? any thoughts?


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vista differences
by ramarc / December 13, 2007 9:29 AM PST
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64 bit vista not needed?
by johnnyb88 / December 13, 2007 11:07 AM PST
In reply to: vista differences

thanks ramarc;

i went to the hp site, and when i choose the 64 bit vista, it invalidated my selection for tv tuner. does high end gaming
make the 64 bit o/s something desirable? if not, then i can
get the cable-card vista and assume little compromise. does
this sound right?

thanks, john

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most like the tv tuner doesn't have 64bit drivers
by ramarc / December 14, 2007 12:34 AM PST

you won't be losing any gaming performance sticking with 32bit. get 2-3gb of ram, not 4gb.

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good advice
by johnnyb88 / December 14, 2007 1:50 AM PST

thanks ramarc;

then it's looking like i can configure a great gaming pc to use with my (yet to be purchased) hd tv in the living room. if i can also use it as a pvr, then i think i can justify the price.
i'm thinking i can use this box for:
-pc gaming
-set top box (pvr,tuner)
-blu ray player (and/or hd dvd)
-monitor (tv instead of buying additional monitor)


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