Posted 25 August 2006 - 10:55 PM
I'm wanting to build a media center pc. I would love some opinions on what I should put in it.
I already have a 450watt Coolermaster power supply, a NEC DVD Rom, aluiminum case and 400G Western Digital SATA Hard drive. I'm considering purchasing an ABIT KN8 SLI Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard, Sound Blaster Audigy2 zs Platinum(with front panel), CORSAIR XMS 1GB Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Memory, PNY VCG66256XPB Geforce 6600 256MB 128-bit DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card and either AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 2000MHz HT 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Dual Core Processor or AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Venice 2000MHz HT 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor (not sure I need a dual core for what I do and would love to save the money). I was looking at some tv tuners from Hauppauge, Leadtek or MSI, I just don't know if I need a tv tuner.
What I want the computer to do is stream my mp3's to my stereo and be able to see what song is playing on my old 19" CRT as well as work with playlist if needed. It would be nice to be able to watch tv but that isn't my priority. I may from time to time burn cd's while surfing the net or listening to mp3's.
So my questions are... Do I need a dual core processor? Would Win Media Center Edition be better than Home edition for me? Do I need a tv tuner card should I decide to hook this up to my tv instead of my crt monitor? Also if you have an suggestions on a cheaper(but good quality)way to build this system please let me know.
Thanks for your help.