poemaster stop bugging him a computer should be selective to your needs just because you have one to sell doesn't mean its the right one for him!
Here is what I recommend for a right here right now system:
Ram: 2gb of a named brand (we can help choose them as models of brands also vary in performance and price)
hdd: 320gb Samsung spinpoint (may sound like a lot of gigs but its cheap,fast and reliable, you never know when you need that extra space)
If you feel up to it you can add the harddrive from your external enclosure which is very easy to do and having it internal also gives better data transfer rates.
gfx: 8500 should be enough or a slightly old school 7 series card if you don't have a main use such as media playing (has dvi which can be converted via cable to hdmi and you can use your tv as a monitor)
Capture card: Can take the information of off external media to play on the pc
Tuner card: Will pick up tv signals and play tv through your computer
(I am unsure what you meant by connecting to a tv)
windows xp media centre
You can self-build which is the cheapest route, you can tell a local "computer guy" to get the parts and build for you will be about $100 more then self-build. Or you can lose the quality of parts, the upgrade ability and the control over processing power hogging software for a generic brand. Unless spending under $500 for a full pc, monitor, printer then there is no reason at all to buy from any big name brand they are a company they overcharge and maximise profits by using bare minimum components that aren't god enough for individual retail.
My gaming computer "in signature" cost me to self-build £1600 ($3200) I then added and improved by modding the case to make it completely unique end cost £1750 ($3500) my components individually have a warranty length between 3-5 years
Went on the dell website the day I got my components to build to check the money I had saved. With the dell configuration I got a free monitor, mouse and keyboard, Less gb of hd space, 1 year of repair and warranty and everything pre-installed price was £3300 ($6600) plus I would then mod it and that would make it £3450 ($6900)
^^^^^that is why the general consensus here with desktops is that pre-made brands suck we can give you repair advice if you need it which is very unlikely as The components we choose are known for good quality so if anything does go wrong its software related^^^^^
p.s. I said best build right now as we are on the eve of a new chain of hardware, for both graphics and cpu