It's been 4 years since I last built a full new Home PC and in that time only a few parts have needed upgrading. I bought an extra hard drive when I ran out of space ont he original 120Gb one. I replaced my PAL Hauppauge TV tuner card with an NTSC one when I moved from New Zealand to USA. And I replaced the Leadtek NVidia GeForce4 Ti 4200 with a Fanless Gigabyte NVidia 7600GS when I got sick of XP MCE 2005 complaining that it isn't supported (which of course it wasn't) and I wanted to run Flight Simulator X. My budget for this was around $US1,200.
Here's my new machine parts list:
Here's what I like about it:
Not perfect yet:
Inside the case you can see my wiring and you can see the three spaces in the case.
It's been 4 years since I last built a full new Home PC and in that time only a few parts have needed
umm very nice. Do you have any/many DivX/Xvid videos? If so do they play easily? (thinking setup here)
Is it easy enough to use TV resolutions/formats with that card? you mentioned it was overscanning a little. Which TV are you using? 720p?
Have you found the HDMI connection reliable?
Hey nice to see you're still at it :) Last week I rebuilt my machine with Vista and it's been a very pleasing experience so far, most of all I was impressed with being able to set it up with a single disc! It already knew how to handle my PVR500 and most of the other components. Only issue I had was of course that we still don't have a supported EPG down here in little old NZ. Oh well, one of these days eh :)
My Panasonic is ED which is a little older than HD. When I bought it it looked great in the store and it still does. It has much better colour depth when watching HD channels than SD channels. And I can't see the dots so I'm okay not replacing it with more resolution just yet.
HDMI is digital. It just works. I don't know what the max transmission length is but you can purchase 11m cables on amazon.com
Great to hear from you and cool that Vista is working well for you. But pretty sad about that EPG thing.
I've been running Windows Vista on my TV media center for a few months now. Just after I did the initial