Overwhelmed. I am simply overwhelmed and canâ€™t get traction on starting my HTPC adventure. I am really jazzed and canâ€™t wait to get what I need but in reading and reading I am finding it difficult to get a handle on what is current and what is ancient.
I would like to build a HTPC which:
1. Tunes over the air HDTV, DTV and analog transmissions
2. Supports viewing of DivX and XviD content
3. Plays DVDâ€™s.
Hereâ€™s what I have on hand:
Intel P3 850
Asus P3 Motherboard
GeForce 3 TI 500 (DVI output)
Sound Blaster Live (to be upgraded)
Older DVD player (to be upgraded)
512 MB RAM
20 Gig Hard Drive (or something even larger laying around)
Sony KV-40XBR800 (Native Resolution most similar to 1080i)
The only fixed variable in the equation is the 40XBR800. I could build an entirely new PC from the ground up but I understand I could also get started with as little as an HDTV tuner card.
I understand these are the best cards to choose from:
MyHD MDP-120 HDTV PCI TUNER
MyHD MDP-120 DVI Combo (Is this needed if I use a graphics card with DVI output)
FusionHD3 QAM-T PCI HDTV Tuner
ATI HDTV Wonder (I have read many negative comments about this card)
Which card should I choose?
I live in San Jose (zip 95118). I think Iâ€™m about 15 miles from the San Jose broadcast towers. I would also like to tune in San Francisco stations from time to time which is about 45 miles. I understand if I get something with too much gain the interference created will cause problems. What is the best rooftop HD antenna at this range?
Once I am able to tune HD what is the best available software to view and record?