I talked about my Media Centre beginnings a couple of days ago and well...I just havent been happy with my machine. You see it only has a Pentium III 733 in it and an old Nvidia GeForce 2 card in it and well - HDTV just didnt happen on it. SDTV had enough trouble. Cant have that...and (no surprise really) I found my Media Centre getting really proc bound. So today I lashed out and spent the money on getting rid of the bottleneck. Im buying:
- ABIT AV8 Socket 939 Athlon 64 motherboard and 512 MB RAM
- AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Processor
- ATI Radeon 9550 256 MB AGP card
I think that should make it sing - but I hear you say, "why is he buying a 64 bit proc when Media Centre only ships as 32bit"....Im buying for the next OS when it probably will work 🙂 I would have liked to use PCIe but the budget wouldnt let me do it - so I compensated by getting a video card with more RAM on it to prevent a bottleneck occurring...
Will report the success on Monday when its built and done 🙂