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    Hey Airshark and other home theater PC Smart People,

    We had a thread a few weeks ago about home theater PCs. I'm still thinking about one and saw this deal the other day at Best Buy.


    After doing a little bit of research online this morning, I almost went and bought this eMachines Media Center Edition PC for $600.. There are some issues w/ this one to get it under the $1000 price tag of most MCE PCs. For example:

    -- I'd have to purchase a TV tuner. This one does not come w/ a TV tuner, though it does have Windows MCE on it. I would also have to purchase a wireless PCI card. In addition, I would have to upgrade the video card at some point so that I could play MVP Baseball on it.

    -- But, it does have some nice features for hte price. Number one, its upgradable, whereas some of them are not. It has two PCI openings and and a PCIe opening. I could upgrade the video card, add teh HDTV tuner card and a wireless PCI card w/o any trouble.

    -- It also comes w/ 1GB of RAM, the AMD 64 processor, a 200GB hard drive and none of the SATA slots are in use. Plenty of room to upgrade space.

    With the Fusion HDTV card or hte myHD card I could use its software or I could use MCE. All I want is to be able to record HD and play some mp3s and maybe a game or two through my surround sound system and on my big screen TV.

    This system looks like a great start at a great price, which I can then upgrade to fit our needs. If I'm way off, someone talk me out of it. I'm really feeling like building one from scratch, just upgrading what I need to. This box might be a good starter.
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    I'm looking at adding a TV card to my computer as well as a much larger HD.

    Does anyone have any opinions on any of these cards:

    -ADS Instant TV Deluxe PTV-305 PCI
    -ADS Instant TV Deluxe USB (External)
    -Hauppauge WinTV PVR-150, PVR-250, PVR-350 or PVR-500
    -AVerMedia UltraTV Media Center PCI 500 and PCI 550
    -Emuzed Angel Dual TV Tuner
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      I have the Hauppauge WinTV PVR-250, it kicks ass!!!

      The 500 is a new dual tuner card, not sure if you need or want that, but it is cool.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by WinstonSmith@Aug 13 2005, 02:41 PM
        Hey Airshark and other home theater PC Smart People,

        We had a thread a few weeks ago about home theater PCs. I'm still thinking about one and saw this deal the other day at Best Buy.


        After doing a little bit of research online this morning, I almost went and bought this eMachines Media Center Edition PC for $600.. There are some issues w/ this one to get it under the $1000 price tag of most MCE PCs. For example:

        -- I'd have to purchase a TV tuner. This one does not come w/ a TV tuner, though it does have Windows MCE on it. I would also have to purchase a wireless PCI card. In addition, I would have to upgrade the video card at some point so that I could play MVP Baseball on it.

        -- But, it does have some nice features for hte price. Number one, its upgradable, whereas some of them are not. It has two PCI openings and and a PCIe opening. I could upgrade the video card, add teh HDTV tuner card and a wireless PCI card w/o any trouble.

        -- It also comes w/ 1GB of RAM, the AMD 64 processor, a 200GB hard drive and none of the SATA slots are in use. Plenty of room to upgrade space.

        With the Fusion HDTV card or hte myHD card I could use its software or I could use MCE. All I want is to be able to record HD and play some mp3s and maybe a game or two through my surround sound system and on my big screen TV.

        This system looks like a great start at a great price, which I can then upgrade to fit our needs. If I'm way off, someone talk me out of it. I'm really feeling like building one from scratch, just upgrading what I need to. This box might be a good starter.
        Sorry I haven't really had time to think about this much. Only thing I can say about the eMachines box is that generally such PCs are unsuitable for HTPC use, because they're too noisy. Investigate quieting solutions - you don't want to hear the machine when you're playing a DVD. You'll be surprised how much difference changing a case fan or the power supply can make. You might want to look over this site: http://www.silentpcreview.com. They discuss quite a bit on HTPCs. Also look over www.avsforum.com. They have a LOT of discussion of HTPCs.

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