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Old 01-08-2008, 01:31 AM   #61
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Yes, I believe that's a PCI Express slot. Dude, if it's a factory-built HP, just go to their website, type in the model name and check out the specs and factory manual.

But I'm pretty sure that's PCI Express.
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Yeah looks like a PCI-E to me. Your definitely good to go.
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I agree - pci-E.
re: ATI cards- I'd spend $20-$50 more and get a current gen 2600 card. That will give you a technology margin for future media you might want to manage like hidef video (dvd/pvr). The 2600pro is adequate, but for a little more you can get the XT with hardware decoding which eases cpu duty. I just picked up this XT with the $28 rebate.
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So with a PCI-E card and an external HD I should be good to go. Is there anything im missing?
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I dont like externals. If you have no reason to move it just get a cheaper internal
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Yes, the only reason to go external would be if you're setting up a NAS.
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Old 01-08-2008, 12:59 PM   #67
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Well what would be best for storage. I want to be able to store any movies/music I download
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And hard drive. I like seagate, at least they used to be good. It changes every 3 or 4 years. I dont know who is good now.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148137
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Get the biggest drive you can afford. Even you strip out all the junk from your movies, it doesn't take long for a collection (~4gb each) to fill up a drive. I got two 1tb external hitachi SATA (I see a sata port in your pic) drives for my work NAS at $200/ea. I got a 500gb last year and it filled up with movies and tv damn quick.
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I re encode my movies to xvid so they are only 2 gigs each.

DVDdecrypt, then encode with xvid. Cuts everything in half (i dont take special features, just the movie)
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Is the sata port the white port on the bottom right of the pic?
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If anyone's interested.. I can hook them up w/ my low profile Media PC for like 125 + shipping. It doesn't get much usage anymore.
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If anyone's interested.. I can hook them up w/ my low profile Media PC for like 125 + shipping. It doesn't get much usage anymore.

Specs?
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Using h.264/x.264 codec will help a bit with filesize. I think I'm usually around ~600-650MB per hour of footage, at 480i/p resolution, 128kbit audio, and about 1500kbit video. Most of my stuff is 24frames/sec.
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I will have to look.. I pretty much had it stripped down for low power consumption. I use it for internet movie streaming, and as a media server for my PS3/house. I will include only the OS 80GB HD.. not the big boy HD in it.

AMD Low power Athalon Mobile I forgot clock speed
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http://www.digilinkcomputers.com/pro...roducts_id=935
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Old 01-16-2008, 11:00 AM   #76
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Ok so I bought this video card- http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16814161178 as recommended by m2cupcar. I need help now. I installed it last night and now I have no sound. Someone please help me.
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Did you hook up the audio?
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what do you mean? I plugged the wire into the output if thats what your asking.
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into which output?
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That's a video card . I guess we need some details on what you're doing. You need a way to get audio out of the computer. That means using the onboard audio (on the mobo) or a pci card. I use a diamond pci audio card that sends an optical signal to my tuner which does the decoding.
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