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Posted 28 March 2009 - 11:47 AM
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Edited by fairjoeblue, 28 March 2009 - 01:09 PM.
Posted 28 March 2009 - 01:43 PM
Posted 28 March 2009 - 02:55 PM
What about something like this?:
Of course you would need a new motherboard that supports the CPU.
On the real side,
Unless your computer is having problems what you have may not be "cutting edge" any more but it's still plenty acceptable.
"I'm also interested in adding a TV Tuner card for recording over the air television, and possibly cable and FM radio (I've seen these cards with FM in some of the HP Media Center PCs but never in stores...) "
Buying a TV Tuner card for a computer to get "over the air" TV is kind of like buying a new cadillac to drive to the dollar store.
I have a TV Tuner card I bought off of ebay for $20.
It came with the TV Tuner card, remote, sound cable [goes from the card to sound in on the motherboard or sound card] & the disk with the drivers & TV software.
It works great !
I have it attached to cable though.
It doesn't have the radio but there are cards that have a FM Tuner on them.
Thanks for the advice guys, I looked at TigerDirect and found the bundle posted above, and that would be upgradable to 8 GB DDR2 800. I usually prefer Intel over AMD, luis, but if you've got a suggestion I'm open to it. I'm just more familiar with Intel, haha. Should I look into a motherboard with DDR3 support or is that even worth the extra at the present?
I'll just second pretty much what Fairjoeblue said about the specs required...you don't need a powerhouse to video, graphics, audio.
What you do need is max RAM supported by the board and at least 1 hard drive which you can devote to your multimedia functions (storage, scratch).
I'd go for a motherboard bundle within your budget (I would probably go AM2/AM2+ AMD board) because a lot of good boards are out of favor just because of the Big Push on quad-core. I'd be willing to guess that 75% of the persons with quad-core systems don't realize any benefit in the mundane things they use their systems for.
You would probably also require new RAM but it cannot get any cheaper than it is today. The advantages of running dual-channel RAM make it almost necessary, IMO.
I suggest taking a look at Tiger Direct's website, since (IMO) Newegg tends to carry more current inventory as their main focus.
Posted 28 March 2009 - 03:08 PM
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Posted 28 March 2009 - 03:20 PM
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Posted 28 March 2009 - 04:16 PM
Posted 28 March 2009 - 04:17 PM
Yeah, I know that, I have a 22" monitor connected through DVI that I'm using, I won't be hooking it to a standard def TV.
Being able to receive HD signals isn't going to make a monitor or TV automatically "HD" .
I have my "regular" TV hooked to cable, as well as my media computer, both work but NETHER show a "High Definition" picture, just plain old TV .
Edited by K-Pock, 28 March 2009 - 04:21 PM.
Posted 28 March 2009 - 04:22 PM
Edited by DJBPace07, 28 March 2009 - 04:23 PM.
Posted 28 March 2009 - 04:23 PM
I may take a look at the AMD too, I agree, no point paying more for something that performs just as well. I'm just more comfortable cause I know about Intel, but there's no better time to learn, I suppose. :D
I have no suggestions ...you're the buyer and it's your system. When it comes to system components, the buyer is always right...assuming that some real thought went into the purchase beforehand and he/she really obtained whatever it was that was in mind.
I generally prefer AMD processors because I think they are better values, dollar for dollar, for someone like me who buys products when they are no longer being pushed as the current rage. Intel processor/prices drop, but it seems that the AMD processors that are comparable...cost less and that's what suits me .
I'm not into the "fanboy" scenario, but I am not prone to pay more for similar capabilities. I am not trying to impress the unknowing...with what a "super" system I might have.
Posted 28 March 2009 - 04:28 PM
Yeah, that's right, haha, I wasn't thinking clearly. Even so, I'm not so worried about whether or not it's HD, I'd just like to record some TV shows every now and then, plus pull in local FM stations if possible. We're up on a mountain, and we've got an antenna mounted on the roof, so the reception should be pretty good, antennaweb.org reports plenty of available stations for my location. So Gigabyte's good? I'll do some more research on that board then for sure!
Just to clarify my previous point: HDTV is being broadcast over-the-air, but just because a local station switched from analog to digital doesn't make the content HD. This is because the switchover is nothing more than a signal change. The digital transmissions over-the-air can have HD and SD content, though the majority of it is SD. The more common method of getting HD programming is through digital cable or satellite and subscribing to an HD package. Whether or not you get HD over-the-air depends on your location and the environment around you since the HD signals don't penetrate structures and landscapes very easily. So, if you live in a valley, you may not get many HD stations or if you live in a high-rise facing the wrong direction, my problem, you may not get certain stations. Your PC can display HD content under certain conditions. First, you must have a monitor with a resolution capable of displaying the content along with powerful enough hardware. Next, you need either an HD antenna or HD cable or satellite service. Finally, you need to have it properly connected to your PC or monitor, a few of the cable providers disable some of the outputs on the back of their cable boxes making it a little difficult to connect them to a PC or monitor. Occasionally, cable providers will encrypt some of their channels preventing the PC from recording. Gigabyte is a good brand, along with Asus, XFX, eVGA, and ASRock.
Posted 28 March 2009 - 11:20 PM
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