Originally Posted by Smoke_signal
Your argument is absurd. So you like Xboxes and playing computer games. You HAVE TO HAVE a PC, Windows Media Center software, and USB tuners to record and watch TV on your stupid Xboxes!!!!
If all you want to do is record and watch HDTV (NOT play games) on ONE big HDTV and already own a PC with a fast enough CPU, all you need is a $55 Hauppauge USB tuner, free WinTV v7 software, an HDMI or DVI or VGA or DVI-to-HDMI cable, and maybe an audio cable if your PC has no HDMI output. Most graphics cards, including my eVGA GeForce 6200 AGP card, have TWO video outputs, DVI and VGA, that can support both an HDTV and computer monitor simultaneously! You don't need to turn on your TV every time you use your PC!!!
STOP confusing everybody with your UNNECESSARY references to the Xbox 360. Many people DO NOT HAVE THE EXTRA MONEY OR TIME TO WASTE ON GAMES AND TOYS! Nothing prevents anyone from buying an Xbox at a later date if they want to. They STILL need the PC and USB tuners they will already have!!!!
please calm down, and cut back on the rude reactions. theres no need to get upset, or put words in my mouth just b/c i dont agree with you. i dont think im confusing anyone, another board member has seconded my opinion actually, the 360 stands on its own as a wmc extender.
most ppl only have one pc. home pcs are not living room friendly. if one moved their pc to their living room, how do you suggest ppl do their daily computer tasks? running mouse keyboard and vga wires all over the place to wherever their home office is? putting a computer desk right by your entertainment center? i dont think thats something the vast majority of ppl would find to be a good use of their pc.
so that leaves the choice of
a) buying a second pc, most likely a dedicated HTPC
b) buying a wmc extender
b is by far the cheaper, much more hassle free solution