Desktops forum: Which Gateway to buy? With or without TV tuner/remote

by: sfjoyboy August 7, 2005 12:54 PM PDT

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Which Gateway to buy? With or without TV tuner/remote

by sfjoyboy - 8/7/05 12:54 PM

I want to use my new pc to record tv shows, burn cd's and dvd's, digital photography and eventually video. I'm seriuously considering buying this package (17'' LCD, Canon printer)which doesn't have a TV tuner/remote for $999:

GTW 835GM
Pentium D processor 820
Dual-core processing
1024MB of DDR2 RAM
250GB 7200RPM hard drive
Dual DVD drives
Windows XP Media Center

or for $1229 I could get this one (same bundle) with the TV tuner/remote:

Gateway - 830 Media Center Desktop 840GM
Intel Pentium D processor 830; DL DVDRW/CD-RW and DVD-ROM drives; 250GB hard drive; 1GB PC4200 DDR2 memory; Windows XP Media Center 2005; TV tuner; 8-in-1 media manager

My question is would it be cheaper and easy enough for an intermediate pc user like myself to buy and install a tv tuner card? Are the USB tuners an easier option? What about the remote? Can I buy that too? I realize the processor is slightly faster but I doubt I would notice the difference.

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