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Hello. Just wanted to post this configuration to see what you all thought.


AMD Athlon XP2400 2.0ghz 256k ($110)

Zalman Heatsink ($27)

Asus A7N8X MB ($120)

(2) PC2100 256M DDR (~$60)

Cooler Master ATC-620C Case ($103)

Zalman 300w power supply ($50)

Audigy 2 Sound Card ($74)

ATI AIW 8500 128m ($150)


(not sure about which hard drive to get.. probably just a WD 80g w/8m cache)


Is that video card ok? I could just get the 9500 or 9700 if the picture is that much better. As for software, I'll probably try Theater Tek with ffdshow.


Thoughts? Thanks :)
 

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Your config should be fine.


In terms of video card selection are you planning on playing games with this machine? If so then the 9500/9700 would be better choices.


Also, what display(s) are you connecting to and are you planning on using the AIW features of the card as a PVR?
 

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Hello.


Actually, no games. Just movies for the most part. It's going to be connected to a Sony Grand Wega II through DVI. And as for PVR.. probably not. I have a E* dishplayer that does that for me.


Thanks!
 

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Couple of suggestions:


- Get a Radeon 9500. I am not sure why you want the AIW version, but there are probably better solutions for any purpose you might have had.


- Seagate Baracuda IV or V harddrive. (Much quieter)


- M-Audio Revo soundcard (I don't have one, but reports say it is better than the Audigy 2)

- Or you could get the Asus Deluxe and skip the soundcard alltogether


- Fusion I or II HDTV card (and a nice big second hard drive for recording)


Mike
 
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