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Old 08-08-2005, 02:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Proposed Media Centre PC Build, Need Advice!

Currently I have a computer sitting doing nothing, but collecting dust.

- 2293 MHz Celeron
- 512 PC2100 RAM
- Windows MCE 2005 (no remote)
- Nvidia 5200 PCI
- No TV tuners or decent sound card

Now, first things first for my Media Centre PC, it'll be used for watching movies and recording off TV and also DivXing them for compression, it'll be hooked up to a TV set mostly.

Now I need some mayjor upgrades!

Antec Black Minuet II Micro Atx Case 220w 24pin

New Mobo:
Not sure, maybe that ATi one with the Xprss chipsets? ... not sure though! SOCKET 478!

If not onboard, X300 maybe X600, X700 - not a gaming machine!!

Probberly a SATA 300 GB or a Samsung

I'll stick with what I aready have, then upgrade to a 3.0Ghz P4 and 1 GB of RAM

** Also I'll need a MCE remote. ... I downloaded Windows.


I'll be buying from!

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Old 08-08-2005, 05:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Or maybe this .... ?

Asus Pundit-R P4 Barebones System Intel P4 - Silver (Middle)

Looks great, but one problem no AGP however like I said this is not for games so I might go for it!

Does the GFX card make a differece to video encodnig, I think it's just the CPU.

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Old 08-08-2005, 06:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If you don't plan to play games, then really, you don't need any of those video card's. Get a mobo with it integrated. But for encoding, I would really suggest a better CPU and RAM. A P4 3.0 ghz would do you great, and 1 gb of RAM, now, you'd be off to a flying start.
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Old 08-08-2005, 10:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
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YES ...

For now I'm gonna use the cheapo CPU and RAM!

But I'm gonna get a P4 3.0Ghz and 1 GIG RAM
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