PC replacement for home theatre
Need some advice on a PC replacement.
First, here is some context.I have two home theatre setups ..kinda like his and hers:
1) one is a basic one (Rogers HD PVR/ Toshiba RPTV) where we do the family TV viewing/time shifting. NO PC HERE.
2) the second (mine) is the big front projection one in the basement for DVD movies and the odd HD event. PC HERE.
For the latter, I currently use an old PC ..not quite an HTPC implementation (where a PC drives the audio and video content), but rather I use the computer (and a small LCD screen) for a number of ancillary functions such as:
- store and play my MP3 library thru the AVR
- rip LP's/tapes into MP3 files
- manage/display photos
- display song titles when listening to digital music
- preview DVDs
- configure equipment with on-screen menus
- watch TV (for sleepover guests) via a TV tuner card
(actaully just use the video input on the card
fed by a Rogers HD Terminal output)
- occasional internet use
I do not use it (and least not currently) to download videos, record TV shows, burn DVDs or store/manage/view video content. For viewing, and I'm old fashioned and just throw in a DVD as needed - its easier to use for the rest of the family that way.
Now for my question….
The old PC needs to be replaced as it’s processing power and memory are way too limiting (even chokes on most MP3 files), there is no dedicated sound card (not even a digital output), etc. etc.
To meet my immediate needs, I was thinking simply of getting:
-Win XP (or Vista) and not bother with Window Media edition
-dual core processor, 2 GHZ min
-2 GB memory
-250 GB drive
-high end soundcard
-entry/mid level video card (to be upgraded in future if and when my video needs change)
-redeploy the old tuner card into the new machine
Any risks with the above strategy??
Any suggestions for the sound / video / tuner cards??