I can't decide whether to go WinTV-HVR-1600 or HD PVR model 1212 for the HD tuner. I will be using MythTV software. I would like to record HD movies as well. Assuming I get a graphics card to take most of the load off the CPU, would this processor be sufficient. Again I understand it depends on the compressions of the digital signal coming in from my cable tv provider. Assuming the compression is high, would this processor be able to handle it with the aid of a good pci-e graphics card?
As for questions 5, I'm wondering if I should leave the 1TB hard disk as one giant 1TB drive or if I should partition it into say 4 separate partitions (250GB each) to improve performance. Would it improve performance? I mean it makes sense for the read/write to increase if the hard disk only has to look through 250GB instead of 1TB.
6. If i get a pci-e graphics card, the card will only draw wattage if it's in use, correct? So if my understanding is correct, the graphics card will only draw wattage if it is recording a movie or show? Otherwise, it will be idle and will not draw much wattage?
7. Would the graphics card need to have HDCP?
8. With this setup, including a pci-e graphics card, if the computer is recording a movie, would it dramatically effect other services like my ventrilo server, web server, or even just running menial administrative tasks like running bash commands (ls, top, etc) Would those stutter?
I'm thinking about this card. I would need a minimum of a 400W psu.