PC hardware forum: Upgrading my PC to use as a DVR.

by: Brezzio December 30, 2007 1:25 PM PST

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Upgrading my PC to use as a DVR.

by Brezzio - 12/30/07 1:25 PM

I am planning on upgrading my pc, and need to know what I would need to be able to use it as a DVR, preferably with HD capability. I have digital cable (Comcast) coming into the house.
The current PC configuration is OLD!!!!! and slow. About the only thing I may be able to salvage is the keyboard and case/powersupply.
I am currently running an old ASUS motherboard with an AMD Athlon 800 mHz cpu with 512 mb ram and XP-Pro. I have a generic 256mb graphics card with no TV reception. I built this computer years ago as a project just to see if I could do it. Now I want more!
I was thinking a 2gHz processor, a gig of ram, and an LCD monitor would do the trick. I have a small 60gb hdd, and I suppose I will have to increase that too.
I would like to be able to record from the cable line (or digital box if necessary) onto the hard drive and then transfer to dvd, if possible.
I know a little about assembling a computer(enough to be dangerous), and I'm not afraid to try things, but I know very little about video.
Any specific suggestions on hardware would be appreciated(i.e. motherboard/cpu combo, video capture card, dvd recorder, etc). Brezzio

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