We installed the Pinnacle PCTV MCE setup for my grandson a couple weeks ago and it seems to work fine. I know he does his home work and records TV programs at the same time.
It has the remote and comes with everything right in the box.
His dad said they ordered it from Tiger Direct and paid less than $100.00 for it.
Check the web and see what is out there.
Hi, I just bought this MCE desktop for general and home theater use. I know that it doesn't come with a tv tuner for watching tv and remote.
I want to ask if i can buy a remote for the desktop? Will it come with a receiver thing because how will my desktop connect to the remote?
Also, i don't want to buy an internal tv tuner so how much will a external tv tuner cost? Easy to set up? I also have cable tv that i want to watch but this desktop will be placed in my room (not living room), theres an encoder for the cable tv so how can i watch cable tv with the tv tuner?
Is there anything else that i'm missing for media center experience?
This my my desktop's spec:
Dell Dimension(TM) E520
Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo E6300 Dual Core Processor
(1.86GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB)
Genuine Windows(R) XP Media Center Edition 2005(English)
1GB (2x512) NECC Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz SDRAM
250 GB SATA II 3.0 Gb/s
16X DVD+/- RW Drive
256MB PCIe(TM) x16 NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) 7300LE TurboCache w/TV-Out, VGA and DVI(128MB of real mem, share up to 128MB of sys mem)
22" Wide Screen Flat Panel LCD Monitor
Integrated 7.1 Channel (Audio) Capable
Integrated 10/100 Ethernet