09-20-2003, 09:31 PM
I'm just beginning to get an education on what it will take to put together an htpc. I want to put together a pc that can function as both an htpc (using sage) and as a game machine. If I understand the threads I have read in this forum, I can use two video cards, the pvr 250 for video input and the fx5200 for video output (to both a monitor and a tv screen). Is this correct? Since I'm only using the pvr 250 for video input, is there a cheaper card that will provide the hw encoding I need? I also need to be able to change channels on my cable box. What hw should I use to accomplish that? Is that something that is provided with the pvr 250 or a separate purchase? Any recommendations?