Media Centre Musings Part two


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:



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 🙂


 


 

Comments (4)

  1. Michael LEwis says:

    I was put onto your Blog by the Adeliade SQL User group, great blog… I am currently downloading the tech Ed vids.

    I am using a Dell Precision 530 for my MCE2005 box, it works well. However I just went to Harvey Normans looking for a media extender… all they had was a Belkin media streaming product not a true MCE extender. Is there anywhere in Australia where i can buy a true MCE extender… or should i just wait for the Xbox360????

  2. Eric says:

    Hi Michael

    What remote and IR receiver are you using ? if any. The MSFT one ? how did you get it if you build your own MCE ?

  3. mkleef says:

    I dont think you can get MCE extenders here in AU – they have them in the US. Try the CompUSA website at http://www.compusa.com and see. They have the Xbox ones but be aware that the XBOX MCE extender is only available on the US XBOX as it use NTSC.

  4. mkleef says:

    You can get the MCE remote from AusPCmarket at http://www.auspcmarket.com.au. Software comes either OEM or MSDN/Action Pack subscriptions.