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    Quote Originally Posted by keppy
    I might be interested, depending on costs. I've been testing MCE 2005 on a test platform for a few months, but have no tuner card as yet. Based on a lot of research and discussion, my planned spec will be as follows (in case some of the items are transferrable to your BB):

    1. Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-8I915P-D Pro
    2. CPU - P4 3.0GHz
    3. RAM - 2 x 240Pin DIMM 512MB DDR2 PC2-4200
    4. HardDrive - Samsung SpinPoint P80 160GB SATA150
    5. DVD Burner - LG GSA4160B
    6. Case - TBC (hard one this!)
    7. Video Card - TBC (prefer one without a fan)
    8. TV Tuner Card - 2 x Black Gold Digital
    9. MCE 2005 OS
    10.MCE Remote - Microsoft Media Centre remote

    plus...

    11. CPU fan - Zalman CNPS7000B-ALCU
    12. Quiet/silent PSU - Zalman Ultra-Quiet ZM400B-APS
    13. HDD cooler - Zalman Heatpipe Cooler ZM-2HC2

    Hope this helps, and if the spec is right (cost and parts), i'm in.

    Cheers,

    Keith
    Thanks for the list Keith. Are those components recommended from your research/mce forums etc?

    M.

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    Very tempted - could be my xmas present -

    If its not my xmas present then I will need it split into lots of small bits so that I can smuggle it past SWMBO!

    John

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    Yes, put me down for the whole thing, or media specific parts if you decide to do it that way

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    I'd be interested in a MCE 2005 remote control.

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    Just received the follow list from James Hoye. Anyone got any comments on this spec?

    http://www.automatedhome.co.uk/mce2005.html

    Thanks

    M.

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    We can supply all the QuietPC parts too !!

    Nick.
    http://linitx.com

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    Thanks Nick.

    Any comments on the spec?

    Obviously his is a top machine and at the price not for everyone.

    M.

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    Not only did i not reply to Mark after I posted a suggested spec, but i've also made some amendments since!!! The stress of having too many forums to monitor these days....

    So, Mark - in answer to your questions, the spec was based on a lot of research. However, i've refined it yet further after discovering the AOpen Pentium M motherboard - one thing I was keen to do was to remove all noise, and using a Pentium M is obviously a way to achieve this.

    Moreover, you get really good performance compared to an ITX solution and get SATA and 3 PCI slots for the tuner cards.

    The other benefit it that although the motherboard is a little more expensive, there's no expensive cooling kit required. Anyway, here's my current spec:


    1. Motherboard - AOpen i855GMEm-LFS Socket 479
    2. CPU - Pentium M 725 Socket 479 1.6GHz 2MB
    3. RAM - 1 x 1GB 184pin DIMM PC2700 DDRRAM NP Unbuffered CL2.5
    4. HardDrive - Samsung SpinPoint P80 160GB SATA150 SP1614C
    5. DVD Burner - LG GSA4163BA
    6. Case - CoolerMaster Cavalier 4 300W ATX Aluminium Silver CAV-T04-UWB
    7. Video Card - GeForce FX5200 256MB AGP DVI-I VO
    8. TV Tuner Card - Black Gold Digital dual pack
    9. MCE 2005 OS
    10.MCE Remote - Microsoft Media Centre remote


    I've priced this up and reckon on 808 excluding the OS.

    Cheers,

    Keith

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    Thanks Keith.

    Can you give us some idea of the performance of the M class Pentium compared to the 3.2GHz Prescott in James spec?

    M.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Otto-Mate
    Thanks Keith.

    Can you give us some idea of the performance of the M class Pentium compared to the 3.2GHz Prescott in James spec?

    M.
    Specifically with the remit of being able to playback 720p HD material....

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