Unless you have gymnastic apparatus of gilded protection your home, you in all likelihood don't have endless cash in hand to grow your matrimonial building of his own electronic computer (HTPC). So let's converse roughly wherever to pull those pennies and wherever to drip the big bucks.

Case
Your suit is serious because it is going to be seated in your animate liberty alongside your television, DVD player, stereophonic and so on. You don't deprivation any taupe office PC cluttering up your household house. Here you can either splurge on a custom, HTPC luggage or you can paint and customize your own. I went next to contact insubstantial and synthetic fiber coloring material as a showy antidote to decorating a taupe crust.

Video Card
Incredibly, your visual communication card is a put down you can rescue quite a lot of cash on your homemade Tivo. Unless you design on musical performance quite a few sober high-end information processing system games, all you need is an valid picture out (s-video, DVI, or HDMI depending on your requests).

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Tuner Card
Make certain you don't go twopenny-halfpenny present. Go next to a Hauppauge tear to pieces piano tuner card. At smallest possible the PVR-150. These are trait game that income a weight off your leading mainframe.

Sound Card
You can get a card with 5.1 enfold grumble for active $50 (maybe cheaper on eBay). If you poorness to hook up beside your existent biaural system, you'll deprivation to devote a elflike more than on a card near an S/PDIF out.

Memory
To be safe, you should belike get 1GB of reminiscence for your HTPC. Unless you deprivation to skip advanced end games, 1GB will be serious and supply plenteousness of room for your programs.

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Hard Drives
Hard drive abstraction is acquiring cheaper by the second, so you can accept to bar or devote here. I have 300gb and it's to excess for music and any TV shows. If you want to stockroom all your DVDs, after move into superficial for whatsoever much extent.

Hopefully this usher will backing you get started on budgeting for your home-brewed DVR. Good luck!

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