The list author says: "This is a good shopping list if you're buying windows 7 and want to build an HTPC. (Home Theater PC) This will hook up to your tv.
Note from experience - Nvidia cards require you to connect an internal s/pdif sound connection to the video to get sound over HDMI. You may need to 'fool' your computer into thinking its putting the sound over the s/pdif channel to get it to work right.
ATI cards are good, they don't require all that rigamarole, but they aren't as flexible about signal mode setup on your flatscreen and if you don't know what modes your TV will connect to your PC over, you may paint yourself into a corner, so to speak.
The other option to this setup is to leave this box in your house as a regular computer, and then use your xbox connected to your tv as an 'extender'. This will still work, etc as being worthwhile, but the video card is not as necessary, if you don't intend to view shows on it.
I'm running a setup like this with additional options installed and still going strong! If there is one thing I would change is going with a really solid power supply. It doesnt have to be high-power, just well made because it will be on all the time. Letting the computer 'go to sleep' can mess with the recording schedule. To save power you can adjust those settings in the software, like when you aren't using the computer to turn off the video out.
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update 8/16/2010 - I took off the video card recommendation and will let you install the card of your choice. You can also go with the integrated video chipset, though it may struggle at times to keep up - a good quiet fan blowing on the heatsink just next to the CPU would be a good idea.
"(only if you have an exceptionally long run) You need one of these for long cable runs - I'm talking about runs like 100 feet. I suggest you place it as close to the antenna as you can, especially if you have an attic installation for your antenna."
"An antenna mast, there are lots out there. Metal power conduit at the hardware store works too. Just be sure you know how you're going to mount this in the attic to give your antenna proper clearance and minimize interference from other houses or trees."
"Starting point. Be sure you have the right hardware to use this in the first place. I recommend you have a multi-core 2.8Ghz processor with at least 3gigabytes of ram. I like 64 bit builds because the chips made nowadays run 64 bit natively and some people say 64 bit tends to be snappier."
"I've put up other coax- but I use this as my signal cable from the antenna to my splitter. I don't know much about coax, but a 50' run from my antenna to the silicondust requires NO signal amplifier. I'm about 15 miles from my antennas. Nothing really special about the terminations, just clip them off to get them through your walls and put on push-on F-connectors when you're ready."
"You just attach it to your wired network, and run the software on the completed HTPC. Simple. UPDATE DEC. 2010, I now have one of these, and now I know why people love them. The setup was easy, and the picture is as good as my top of the line PCIE tuner card in my current setup. Now I have 4 (FOUR!) tuners, and two of them can be accessed from any computer with Win7 or Vista in the house! WOW!"
"Buy 2 of these and set them up in raid 0. Trust me, if you buy the dual tuner card, you will want to have 2 drives in raid 0. There are tons of guides how to do this available, just search 'how to intall Win7 RAID'."
"This would work for a ram setup... you can go bargain brand too... Since the processor below is Phenom, you can also go with some 240 pin DDR2 overclocked to 1066. It does go snappier if you do... couldn't find a better deal here on 4 gigs of 800mhz ram..."
"Decent motherboard with onboard graphics. You're not going to use them, but hey it's a good manufacturer and a good deal. If you can get one on rebate, the 780g chipset is good. I own one of these motherboards so I can vouch."