building a system for a TV
Ok, so here is what I want to do,
I want to convert an old system to into a PCTV unit. I have an older large screen TV that displays 4:3 very well. I played around with it and got it S-Videoed up.
well its an old system;
Barton 2500 overclocked
I forget the motherboard but it has a decent 6 channel on board sound and very good on board cat5. also it is a micro board
1.5gb of PC2700 ram (FSB 333)
and Radeon 9800 pro AGP 8X
a single CDRW drive.
it had a 40 gig HDD but I just put a 300 in.
Ok, so its time for me to put an operating system on it.
I am a huge XP guy. meaning, I have no idea how vista works or runs.
what I want to do is be able to use this PC to get on and watch netflix, hulu, and video off the hard drive, as well as casual browsing the internet.
I have seen some of the vista machines doing this as well as interfacing with the actual coax cable connection.
now, my questions are,
should I get a TV tuner card? the radeon 9800pro already has a nice HD S-video out (9 pin instead of 4) and I have a converter box for it to run component or composite or s-video.
and should I just bite the bullet and put vista on the machine?
I am really looking to not spend a whole lot of money on this, if that were the case I would just build a new system and put the vista media center on it.
thanks a lot!