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Question Need some computer advise/help with home set up

I'm about to buy a house and need some ideas here. In my living room I'm willing to drop a grand on a bad ass computer that will basically do everything, store all music, movies, play blu rays, dvds, etc. So I would basically have a computer, reciever and TV nothing else. I'm wanting to access all this data in the master bedroom. which is right next to the living area. I don't want to buy another expensive comp to do it. what kind of computer would I be looking at? something with a small hard drive and great video card? anyone build something like this? also what are my options to connect these two together? any input would be great.

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If you got a computer with Vista (or the upcoming Windows 7) media center, you could have your TV, Blu-Ray, etc all on the computer in the living room. You could also buy a computer the an ATI Digital Cablecard Tuner to get all of your pay TV stations if you want.

You then buy an xbox 360 for your bedroom tv. You can use this as a Windows Extender to watch all of your live TV, Recorded TV and such in the bedroom.

This the setup I have and it works great.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/win...r/default.aspx

Extender info here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pro.../extender.mspx
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thats pretty much what i'm looking for. I just really wanted to be able to get into all the music, video, movie files saved on the computer in the living room. thanks..

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With the Windows Media Extender, you can access everything that Media Center on the main computer can access.

If you need more details of my setup, let me know.
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What cable companies use a cable card? Not any in this area that I know of.




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What cable companies use a cable card? Not any in this area that I know of.
I have Verizon FIOS and they use it. I think it was a law a few years back that said that they all had to offer them.

I pay $2.99 a month for the cablecard, which is a lot cheaper than paying $12-$15 for their cablebox for each TV.
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With the Windows Media Extender, you can access everything that Media Center on the main computer can access.

If you need more details of my setup, let me know.
ok I have not messed with computers for a while. say I get a bunch of torrents movies, tv shows, emulators, music in my living room comp. could I access all of this in the room? thanks for the help

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ok I have not messed with computers for a while. say I get a bunch of torrents movies, tv shows, emulators, music in my living room comp. could I access all of this in the room? thanks for the help
Yes...When you open Windows Media Center, you have access to all of this stuff. And all this stuff can be sent to and viewed on an extender.

If you have a computer now with vista, just run Windows Media Center and you will be able to see what it can do.

When you connect an Xbox to the media center computer, it will look like you are looking at media center. So everything that you could do from the computer, you can do from the extender. Like watch live TV, watch show you recorded, listen to music, look at pictures....

Check out screenshots of Vista Media Center here:
http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?page_id=70&page=1

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What cable companies use a cable card? Not any in this area that I know of.
I had one w/ Charter.

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