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    Recommended TV setup

    So I am looking at buying a new Computer and i want to buy a tower so i can just leave it on my tv stand and hook it up high def to my TV, i have seen this done several different ways but does anyone have any ideas on what type of PC to buy. I mean i know ill need a massive harddrive to store movies and such but i am more concerned about video card and DVD drive.

    I looked online and you can get a blueray burner for like additional $250 bucks but is it worth it?



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    Re: Recommended TV setup

    So you want to hook your PC to your TV and use it as a media server? I wouldn't worry about a Blu-Ray burner if you plan on storing your movies on the PC.

    Here's a link of Blu-Ray/DVD storage and copy solutions.

    http://www.blurayripper.net/



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    Re: Recommended TV setup

    What about video card?



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    Re: Recommended TV setup

    Are you planning on playing any games on it?



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    Re: Recommended TV setup

    If you're going to do that, I'd recommend trying to get a quiet case. You don't need anything special for a video card, but look for one with HDMI output so that you can connect it directly to the TV with no hassle.



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    Re: Recommended TV setup

    Yeah i think im going to play a few. Im just not sure about the video card part of things everything else im set on just not sure what card would best suit a TV setup



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    Re: Recommended TV setup

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    Yeah i think im going to play a few. Im just not sure about the video card part of things everything else im set on just not sure what card would best suit a TV setup
    Make sure it supports the NVIDIA driver. That's what most gaming is based on and will supposidly support 3D gaming and 3D TV.



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    Re: Recommended TV setup

    Depending on your budget and the games you want to play. This is usually a pretty decent guide.

    Best Graphics Cards For The Money: May 2010 : May Updates



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    Re: Recommended TV setup

    what amount of cache should i be using? Because i know certain applications require more then others and im not sure what i need



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    Re: Recommended TV setup

    This sounds like a perfect PC to build yourself. Just a couple of things off my head, I would make sure it has a video card with HDMI and I would make sure the mobo has good onboard audio. If that's the only thing you're going to use it for you really don't need anything real powerful.
    You could get 2 2TB hard drives for around $200. Use the second one for back-ups.



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    Re: Recommended TV setup

    I have something similar that I built for my HT projector and an old PC that I had laying around. To be honest I rarely use it. I have a PS3 that networks with my main home PC and it's actually better than the PC at navigating around a playing music, movies, etc. I can use my Harmony remote iwth the PS3, which I can't do with the HTPC. The PS3 also intergates with my A/V receiver which doesn't work with the HTPC.

    The only time I really use the HTPC is when I have events like fantasy football and want to display a web browser on the projector. I also use it to back-up my main PC.



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