New Desktop Computer

snpexim

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Can someone guide me on the budget for the following config of a new desktop home comuter ...
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Processor: Pentium D 820 ( Socket LGA 775, 2.80 GHz, EM64T, 90 nM technology)
MoBo: Intel D945GNT (12x9.60 inch, 8 ch or 6 ch audio, GMA950 integrated video, 4x 240-
pin DDR2 slots, LAN) or,
Intel D945GPM (9.6x9.6 inch, 8 ch audio, GMA950 integrated video, 4x 240pin DDR2
slots, LAN, 1394a) or,
Asus P5LD2-VM (as above)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda, SATA 300, 160+ GB, internal
Combo DVD 16x wirter: Asus DRW-1608P or, Sony DRU-820A, internal
Memory: Dual Channel, 240-pin DIMM , 512 MB DDR2 SDRAM 533 MHz, two matched sticks.
Cabinet & PS: Noise reducing design, two bays inside and also outside, silicone gourmets, 350 W PS,
int.+ext. fans, air filter, front sockets for: USB, 1394, headphone, leds for hdd and
power, full ATX and micro-ATX.
Speakers: Altec model: 151i, 5.1 system
Headphone+Mike: USB or stereo plug, AltecLansing, headset model: AHS202i
Mouse: PS2 / USB, scroll two button, Logitech.
Keyboard: PS2 / USB, internet keyboard, Logitach.
TV Card: TV tuner card, Radio Tuner, PCI interface, time shifting, Pinnacle PCTV-50i or
PixelView PV-M4500FM.
Note: WebCamera, external router-modem, extra interanl ATA-100 hdd 40 GB, internal
combo CD writer, 19inch DELL LCD-TFT display, will be provided.
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Have I forgotten anything? ... please add, also better component selection/matching will be appriciated.

The setup will be used for surfing, chatting, documentation, trading, monitoring business TV channels, music, home photo/video editing, cutting CDs and DVDs for civic activism and watching some movies. Gaming is very low probability.

I am planning for a Dassera commissioning. I can be reached at snpexim[at]rediffmail[dot]com
 

devil

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dont go for pixelview PV-M4500 tv tuner card i have it and it sucks not good picture quality. . i havent used pinnacle 50i but i wouldnt recommend it. if u want average picture quality both of them are good. but if u want good picture quality with low resource usage look for a tv tuner card with mpeg hardware encoding(pixelview @P7000).i wouldnt recommend sony dvd writers they are overpriced & sony DRU-820A is a benq DW1670 rebadgelook for benq dvd writers the are much cheaper and better
 

Hubmeister

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If you love your PC don't put in Tv tuner card in it!1. It makes your cpu 100% in use.2. It decreases the life of your computer.It's My personel experience man.
 


devil

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tv tuner cards with hardware mpeg encoding dont slow down the computereven software mpeg encoding cards dont slow down the computer unless u r timeshifting or recording which takes up resourcesthe higher the quality of recording the more it utilizes the cpuon a slow cpu
 

snpexim

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So ... some valuable comments on TV tuner card. Point taken 'devil'. Now how about the budget for the main items atleast, 'looking forward' budget costs please. Does the config put up by me match for best performance? this is important since 'value for money' is reqd. Are the stated items available with guarantee support. How about the power supply? will 350 W rms be adequate considering that four bays are loaded and TV card is in place. Maybe later something could be put in the ePCI slot. What is the difference between hdd: seagate model: ST3200827AS and ST3200827AS-R. I believe these will provide SATA-300 bandwidth which ought to be adequate for good quailty TV downloads. Will one hour download need only 3GB of hdd volume? There is recent positive talk of MTNL in Mumbai providing IPTV. Would the TV card suggested: Pixelview P7000 still be useful with IPTV. Will they need some extra card to go into computer, if yes will the ePCI slot be backward compatible. Comment please. Best wishes.
 


devil

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u dont require a TV tuner card for IPTV350W power supply will probably be inadequate...go for 450W Power Supply Unitas far as prices are concerned the place to ask them would be at a computer hardware store near u.there are a couple hardware stores in Sunil shopping center near navrang cinema in Andheri(W).
 

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One word of advice. Wait. Dont buy anything right now. The new Core Duos and Solos are on the way. The processor you have chosen is a power hog. It will heat up and do nothing more. Go in for an AMD64 if your requirements for a high end processor are urgent. It will run much cooler.
 

snpexim

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Point well taken 'max'. I am the patient type. My present rig is working fine and I have just got the itch again. As you suggest ... I will wait. Do you feel the Intel-Pentium D920 would also be running hot? With the 65 nM technology, I feel it may be burning only 80 Watts RMS and so be better than the D820 with its 120 Watts RMS. Am I about right? The issue of of IPTV not needing a TV tuner card is noted. However, I suppose there will be some software provided by MTNL for client end. How about DTH ... would this use the same TV-tuner card as cable TV? In my geographic area, TATA-Sky is supposed to launch mid-July and I do not want to get the usual tuner card and then find that DTH needs some new doodad to enable desktop viewing. Any comments on DTH and desktops ... hardware, software, display memory, processor and memory usage? Best wishes.
 

aniketvb

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Well DTH works on current TV sets. So going by that logic , you will need a TV Tuner only to view DTH . Now, since DTH is a digital transmission, you need a descrabling/decoding unit with the DTH antenna , which is a part of the standard DTH installation for TV sets.But , taking advantage of the digital nature of DTH signals, I am sure manufacturers will find a way to cook up a PCI card or something to directly apply DTH digital signals to the PC, and then view them, eliminating the descrambler/decoder. But beware that nascent technologies take very long to reach the Indian market , and more so as DTH is still new here.So investing in a TV card is not a bad option, just check for that encoding/recording capability. The recording results from DTH signals will be truly amazing .