Buy now or wait for Next Generation Media Center PC?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Idiscuss, Aug 19, 2005.

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    Idiscuss Guest

    When does the next generation of Windows media center get out?

    I am thinking about buying a new PC, should I buy a MCE2005 PC now or should
    I wait for the next version?

    I do have an older PC runing MCE2005 right now, but I can not really do
    anything else when it is recording two TV shows.

    Any thoughts?
    Idiscuss, Aug 19, 2005
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    Bob [MVP] Guest

    The next generation is probably at least a year away.
    So if you're not happy with what you've got now, I
    wouldn't wait. JMHO...

    Microsoft MVP
    Windows XP Media Center Edition
    Bob [MVP], Aug 19, 2005
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    Idiscuss Guest

    So it will come out the same time Windows Vista is out?
    Idiscuss, Aug 19, 2005
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    JW Guest

    If you are low on CPU power maybe you can replace just your motherboard and
    JW, Aug 19, 2005
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    Idiscuss Guest

    You mean media center funcition will come standard with all windows vista?
    and that means there won't be a Windows Vista Media Center Edition, Just
    Idiscuss, Aug 19, 2005
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    anon Guest

    By all means wait, I hear that the 128 bit version thats going to be out
    in ten years is going to rock and will support live porn broadcasts from
    the moon.

    anon, Aug 19, 2005
  7. If it does OK at recording two shows at once, maybe you should consider
    getting a non-MCE machine to do "everything else" on. There are some
    incredible "back to school" deals on machines that, while not particularly
    stunning performers, are more than adequate for tasks such as email, Office,
    surfing, music, etc. You can possibly get one as cheap as you might spend to
    upgrade the cpu/motherboard/memory of your existing MCE box.

    Dana Cline - MVP
    Dana Cline - MVP, Aug 19, 2005
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    JW Guest

    I don't think this is true the information I have read said that the next
    major release of MCE would require Vista and would be released to the OEMs
    at the same time as Vista. I have seen nothing to imply that MCE will be
    ready as a retail product yet by that time.and therefore will not be
    included as part of Vista.
    JW, Aug 19, 2005
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    Idiscuss Guest

    If that is your plan, I will say: good for you!

    Idiscuss, Aug 19, 2005
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    Idiscuss Guest

    Thanks, Dana, you made a very sensible recommendation, and I appreciate

    My machine does record two shows at once OK, so I think I will wait for the
    next generation of Media Center to come out.
    Idiscuss, Aug 19, 2005
  11. MS executives have noted in interviews that there will most likely be a
    separate MCE version of Vista.

    Peter Near [MCE MVP], Aug 20, 2005
  12. Don't hold off on buying a PC on account of Emerald. It's rumored to
    simply be a windows update patch. I wouldn't expect anything to be in
    Emerald that would cause you to wait.

    Peter Near [MCE MVP], Aug 20, 2005
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    Nigel Barker Guest

    That's certainly true. I just bought my daughters a nice new machine each.
    2.8GHz Celeron, 256MB RAM, 80GB disk, DVD writer, memory card readers etc, very
    nicely made with XP Home & other software & all for only 299 Euros each
    including 20.5% sales tax. I was so impressed I bought another for myself:)
    Nigel Barker, Aug 20, 2005
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    Bob [MVP] Guest

    Bob [MVP], Aug 20, 2005
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    rubyteach Guest

    and the old adage goes, "you get what you pay for." do you truly
    believe 256 mb ram would run xp in a manner that would be enjoyable
    to anyone? not only that but im sure that dell is using integrated
    video as well. that is even less ram for the system to use. i would
    stay far far away from these cheap computers. mi dos pesos.
    rubyteach, Aug 21, 2005
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    Nigel Barker Guest

    Not endorsing Dell of course but 256MB is absolutely fine for normal usage as I
    have discovered setting up my daughters' new 299 Euro systems. An extra 256MB of
    memory costs less than $25 in any case.
    Nigel Barker, Aug 21, 2005
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