Long time lurker, first time poster.
Just starting out and need to make the necessary purchases to improve my HT. I am waiting for some user evaluations of the Hauppauge HD-PVR before ordering. To keep things simple I want to use my cable DVR to record programs on its drive and then move them to a networked drive via the HD-PVR. I will need to buy a PC (wife needs a laptop so I am going that route), wireless router, media server, etc.
I am looking at a Sony Vaio VGN-FZ348 at CC. It has:
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66HZ
Bus Speed: 667MHz
Level 2 Cache: 2MB
Optical Drive: Blu-Ray ROM, DVD W/R
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT graphics card w/ 256MB dedicated (able to decode h.264)
Does this processor/graphics combo have the capacity to handle files from the Hauppauge HD-PVR as well as edit hi-def files? At a later date I may add a dedicated HTPC but would like to use the laptop initially. Thanks for your input.