Something similar to your server(if youre strapped for cash it might be cheaper to go AMD but for a purely recording and encoding intel would have a slight edge on the single core front, in a dual core the difference is less and AMD is much cheaper which makes up for it), if you arent going to be playing games and since its a plasma it has low res so thats not a bother(if youre after superior image quality LCD is the way to go by far plasmas superior), TV cards arent my thing really my knowledge ends at normal considerations if you want something more complex your gonna have to research it and be prepared to fork out some cash if you want the good stuff, a haupage USB tuner or an ATI all in wonder is usually ok for most people but if you want something a bit more, your probably gonna want to look more towards ATI cards A because of all in wonder if youre going that way and B there VIVO and tv out features are generally judged as being much better than that of nvidia cards but i dont hook up my TV or do VIVO often in enough on either card brand to warrant any strong opinion from myself.
Sound card if you can afford it X-fi but hi-def audio is more of a marketing gimmick its not any different from normal audio you get on DVDs and games any sound card can do it but an x-fi has tremendous signal processing power and if you want perfect sound its the best choice.
HD size you want to have about 500Gb if youre gonna do recording of videos especially in HD the files take a large amount of space to record before encoding to something more managable, Probably a good way to go is a pair of 300GB sataIIs with a 16Mb cache in your bog standard non raid set up. To get your PVR features lots of software like showshifter which also does the full recording stuff as well, im pretty sure its free as well.
Edited by warriorscot, 09 March 2006 - 05:08 PM.