Quote: Originally Posted by choliscott
Thanks for the response. I thought I added specs about the computer, but I guess I didn't. The cpu is a Athlon X6 1090T & currently using 4 gigs of ram, which I am probably going to increase to 8 gigs.
I'm not literate on AMD processors, but the specs on yours seem that it is far more than capable for your planned use.
And while I am not against additional memory I wouldn't say you need any more than 4GB. For my own personal computer usage on this machine (and I work on it as well as using it for my HTPC/DVR) I have honestly never ever exceeded about 70% memory usage (from my 4GB) that I can recall. And right after boot it's using about 40%, with nothing running (other than what's automatically started).
Your usage of course may be different, but WMC itself is not going to be a memory hog. If you're not already monitoring memory usage (with either a 3rd-party product, or Task Manager) it would probably be informative to do so.
Can I ask what version of Windows your using?
Windows 7 Pro x64.
Also if you need to run updates, etc on the media pc, do you have a physical keyboard or do you remote into it? If so, are you using Remote desktop, or another program?
Physical keyboard, I work on this machine (as I am right now) and have two monitors ((a) Eizo HD2441W LCD 1920x1200, (b) IBM P275 CRT 1280x960).
The Eizo monitor (on my left) is used for watching recorded HDTV through WMC (in a window) while I work (generally using the IBM monitor which is straight ahead). Otherwise I have two Linksys DMA2100 extenders elsewhere in the house feeding my other two HDTV's.
Now as it turns out I DO make use of "remote connection" capability, so that if I'm out of town I can always check in on WMC to perhaps schedule some new recordings or whatever. I use RealVNC for this remote connectivity, with VNC Server running on this machine (along with DynDNS Updater for handling the DHCP IP address "leased" to my cable modem by TWC/LA), and VNC Viewer running on my client machine wherever I am. I MUCH PREFER RealVNC over "Remote Desktop" from Windows for a number of reasons.
One thing I do before I go away is to re-configure my 2-monitor extended desktop to only use 1-monitor (the 1920x1200 Eizo). First I open every program I might want to use remotely while I'm away and move its window over from monitor 2 (where it would normally open) to monitor 1, and then close that program. When all such programs and windows are relocated over to monitor 1 I then disable monitor 2. This makes it much easier to remote in from a one-monitor client machine while I'm away, as the connected-to desktop is also just one monitor large and thus won't have to be scaled radically as a 2-monitor host setup would have to be in order to display on a 1-monitor client. This way the remote 1920x1200 desktop presented on the client machine is very readable, even if the client desktop is smaller than 1920x1200.
But as far as normal use and maintenance of my machine, well it's really just an ordinary "big boy" machine with keyboard, mouse, two monitors, lots of hard drive, and WMC/HTPC/Ceton/ATI functionality also running on it.