Comptuer HT Project! Need Recommendations!

Discussion in 'Computers' started by Ian Charters, Jan 16, 2004.

  1. Ian Charters

    Ian Charters Auditioning

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    Hey.. I'm building a computer from scratch for my HT. Right now im using my laptop to play movies on my setup. Laptop Miniplug-to-RCA into my Harmon/Kardon AVR125 Amp, then S-video out to the 51"G Hitachi HDTV Widscreen. I need some suggestions on what kind of hardware I should buy for this setup(Whole computer, but if you have bits and pieces you want to add, please post).

    Also, I noticed when playing games like Counter-Strike on my laptop that the graphics are a bit fuzzy(Compaq 2175CA). So, the graphics card would have to be good enough to produce a crisper image.
     
  2. Jeff Blair

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    I would get at least a 64 or 128meg video card with S-Video out.

    For the Case I would look at Antec's line. They have one that is supposed to be very quite. I han't seen it, but I have herd good things about it.

    Motherboard--Look at Asus. Most of there mother boards have digital out built in.
    CPU--I would get at least a AMD XP2600+
    Memory--at least 512Meg
    If you are going to turn it into a PVR, then you will have to get a TV capture card. I have an ATI TV-Wonder-VE.
    HD-- They are cheep now. If you want to rip all of your CD's into MP3's get a larger one. Also if you are makeing it into a PVR, more is better.

    As for playing games on your TV, they aren't going to look that great comming from an S-Video port. Now if your TV has a DVI input, then that would be a lot better. Just make sure your video card has the output.

    Get a wireless setup. That way you can listen to music from anywhere. I have it, and it's great.

    As for the operating system, take a look at Linux. There is a learning curve. But, they have some nice free PVR software for it. And, I think you can still play Counter-Strike.

    That's all I can think of right now. If I think of anything else I'll post it.
     
  3. Scott L

    Scott L Producer

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    Does your TV have a VGA or DVI input? If not get a VGA -> component transcoder to get a nice clean native progressive signal.

    Is it just to play movies and game? How about TV scaling/time-shifting and music?

    I 2nd Jeff's recommendations, especially a fully loaded Asus mobo. Grab one with the nForce2 chipset to get onboard DD5.1 for your games.
     
  4. Ian Charters

    Ian Charters Auditioning

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    Yeah, I have a DVI-HDTV port.
     

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