New HTPC advice, Terratec Cinergy 2400i Dual Tuner, A64,HDTV (1 Viewer)


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February 4, 2006

I'm setting up a HTPC and I'm not sure what TV tuner to get. I'm thinking about getting two Terratec Cinergy 2400i Dual Tuner PCI Express cards for a total of 4 tuners. This would give me plenty of headroom for those moments when people want to record several shows at once while still watching something else..

Is an Athlon 64 3500+ with 1gb ram going to be able to watch one channel and record 3 at once? If not then I may as well just get one card. Is more memory going to make any difference? (It has 2 more memory slots and ddr400 RAM is pretty cheap these days so another gb wouldn't be a problem.)

I'm using a bog standard Maxtor 350gb harddisk (16mb , 7200rpm) , this won't be a bottleneck when recording multiple channels?

Is the Terratec 2400i any good with Media Portal? Anyone want to point me at a better card? Mainly I want fast channel switching and good EPG support. (PQ and reliability go without saying right?..) I welcome any suggestions.

Are current DVB cards going to handle the future HDTV broadcasts in the UK?


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