Can I run XBMC on a Intel Pentium 4 computer? If so, which PCI graphic card to get?

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poofyhairguy Offline
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djonesax Wrote:What about this card for 5 bucks more than the 8400?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/EVGA+-+GeFor...Id=1734043

That card is useless. Completely and totally useless for XBMC. Stick to the 8400GS.

Quote:Also, do I need anything special as far as the sound card goes? This looks reasonable and at my local walmart...
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Diamond-Multim...rd/4765193

I am a huge fan of those diamond sound cards. They work great in Linux, not so great in Windows 7.

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What about this card?
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/PNY+-+Verto+...Id=8968067

I think I can get this at my local store. The only reason I ask about it because it says it doesn't do DVD decoding and video output is SDTV but the part number is exactly the same.

David
(This post was last modified: 2011-01-19 22:49 by djonesax.)
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djonesax Wrote:What about this card?
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/PNY+-+Verto+...Id=8968067

That card will work fine.

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ok what about this card. I wanted to get the two card at the same place and this would save me on shipping.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Jaton-GeForce-...3918266#rr
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That looks fine too.

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why not this card --> PNY GeForce 8400GS 512MB 64-bit DDR2 PCI ($45)
(This post was last modified: 2011-01-21 00:07 by eskro.)
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back and fourth.... I forgot about amazon! I got the card you suggested and the diamond sound card from amazon with free shipping and picked up a 25' HDMI cable too. The SPDIF cable wasn't free shipping and they wanted too much with shipping so I'll pick one up locally or maybe make my own. I have tons of coax laying around and crimper's.
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good job!
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There's some decent places to look for cables also if you haven't checked already :
http://www.meritline.com
http://www.monoprice.com
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So I ordered all the stuff to build up my P4 PC to be an HTPC. The day after, I read an article about how you can now install XBMC on the ATV2 and play 1080p content!

The ATV2 would have been perfect for what I am trying to do but I have already bought the parts for this PC now.... Do you think that in the long run I will see less problems and get better play back with my P4, 8400GS, 2GB RAM, Gbps system?

Thanks,

David
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I have a similar situation.

I have the option for $70:
small form factor Dell: p4 3ghz 1GB ram 500GB HDD, dvd drive..
I already have a HD 5450 lying around that I picked up for cheap during the holidays...



Would an ATV2 be a better solution for $135 (Cad)?
I heard the ATV2 only plays 720p and has no support for a local usb storage.
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