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Building A Media Computer. Need Advice.

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#1 nanllyn


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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.

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#2 Klinkaroo


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Posted 26 August 2006 - 11:11 AM

Ok First of all a tv tuner does NOT allow you to hook up a tv to your computer. That is the video card's job. A TV Tuner is for hooking stuff into the computer such as the cable from the wall or a video game system.

If you are planning on hooking up this computer to a tv and using a remote control I would suggest Media Center Edition. It isn't that much more expensive and the menus are easier to navigate on a tv screen wich has very poor resolution then the normal text and menus.

I don't think you would need the dual-core processor. You could save some money by just going with a single core. The only time the dual-core would be usefull is if you we're burning a cd and watching tv at the same time or playing a game... but you said only from time to time so this isn't very important.

Hope this helps

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