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Looking for best Vista Home Media Center PC

by BobBurgoon / October 9, 2007 6:46 AM PDT

I want to purchase a very good PC that I can use just for a Home Media Center PC. I plan on using the pc to connect to a flat screen tv and then sending the signal wireless to other tv's using a media extender.

I currently have a Linksys N router. I have cable tv and would like to find a PC with a dual tuner card option.

What other items do I need to consider and what are the minimum requirements to get a very good hd picture?

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I'd byob
by ozos / October 9, 2007 8:13 AM PDT

its going to ensure a good quality HD tuner, and other features that you'll want (for example, Creative audio cards, bad idea, M-Audio/Turtle Beach audio cards, good idea), and it'll keep the price down

I also don't suggest setting the PC up as the center piece of the HT, let the A/V processor do that, thats its job, set the PC up as one of many inputs to the A/V processor, get a graphics card that won't have issues with 1920x1080 output (I'd suggest a GeForce 8600GT) and a CPU that won't have issues with 1920x1080 playback (quad core Kentsfield shouldn't have a problem) in addition to ~2-3GB of RAM, and a RAID0+1, RAID10, RAID5, or at bare minimum RAID1 HD array, high quality power supply, and GbE network connection (wired)

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Thank you
by BobBurgoon / October 9, 2007 8:57 AM PDT
In reply to: I'd byob

Thank you for your quick response. Unfortunately I only received the second half of your message. If you could I would be interested in hearing what else you have to say.

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second half?
by ozos / October 10, 2007 11:39 AM PDT
In reply to: Thank you

not sure what you're meaning by that?

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This is all I received from your original post.
by BobBurgoon / October 10, 2007 12:09 PM PDT
In reply to: second half?

its going to ensure a good quality HD tuner, and other features that you'll want (for example, Creative audio cards, bad idea, M-Audio/Turtle Beach audio cards, good idea), and it'll keep the price down

I also don't suggest setting the PC up as the center piece of the HT, let the A/V processor do that, thats its job, set the PC up as one of many inputs to the A/V processor, get a graphics card that won't have issues with 1920x1080 output (I'd suggest a GeForce 8600GT) and a CPU that won't have issues with 1920x1080 playback (quad core Kentsfield shouldn't have a problem) in addition to ~2-3GB of RAM, and a RAID0+1, RAID10, RAID5, or at bare minimum RAID1 HD array, high quality power supply, and GbE network connection (wired)

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(NT) yes that was the post
by ozos / October 12, 2007 4:18 AM PDT
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Get a better machine
by roe999 / November 17, 2007 12:51 PM PST

Dell's "answer" to Apple's bundled software is weak, to say the least, and Brown neglects to mention the very important fact that only Apple's iMac can run all of the software the Dell can, plus its own superior Mac OS X Leopard OS and all of the often best-in-class Mac only software. It'd be a silly mistake to pay way more for this thing from Dell when you can pay far less and get so much more with an Apple iMac. Apple's 20-inch iMac starts at $1199. Add in a Blu-ray drive from FastMac for $999 and you're only at $2198, still $201 less than the Dell's OS-limited, underpowered, overpriced XPS One with Blu-ray.
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