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HTPC considerations

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by jamoor, 5 Feb 2006.

  1. jamoor

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 22 Jun 2005

    Posts: 8,824

    Location: Nottinghamshire

    I have an old shuttle lying around, nothing amazing
    2800xp, onboard sound etc etc 512 ram

    I am thinking of buying xp mce with a remote and installing it,
    is that a good idea as I have a plasma with a VGA port.
    I guess I will use it to play dvds but I will need to get sky/Digital TV through it, what are the best ways of doing this?
     
  2. malfunkshun

    Soldato

    Joined: 20 Aug 2003

    Posts: 6,685

    Location: Pembrokeshire

    either through a tv tuner card, or if your graphics supports it through its video in?
     
  3. pcoltrane

    Hitman

    Joined: 18 Sep 2005

    Posts: 945

    If you are just looking for Digital TV, your best bet is a DVB-T tuner card such as the Compro T200, Nebula or Blackgold. (if you go for any other make sure they are MCE compatable) . Going for one of these is best in terms of picture quality etc as you are taking the mpeg2 stream directly to your pc.

    If you want sky digital you'll need an analogue tuner. Check out the xpmce and the green button forums if you need further help on the best way to do this.

    Marc