answer to all my prayers
So I went out and bought the super-duper nitrogen gassed s-video monster cable for the xbox. I plugged it into my s-video port of the tv tuner and the picture was much nicer. The only problem is that theres a 1-2 second delay in graphics and the audio is out of sync (crap).
You may ask why the hell don't I play xbox on my tv? Well the WXGA screen on the SAGER is super sweet and I can keep it on my laptop while relaxing in bed. I've got a wireless xbox controller so only thing else needed is a coke and a smile.
After zooming around the internet a bit I found this little beauty:X2VGA High Definition VGA Pack
The reviews are stellar from all the noteworthy hardcore xbox sites. It allows for 480i, 480p, 720p and 1080i. This way, I can play xbox using HDTV quality without spending the duckets on a HDTV. Plus it allows for 5.1 surround sound.
In any event I've resounded myself that two things about the 8790 are total subpar (especially for 3,000 bones): the tv tuner and the soundcard.
BTW if you'd like to play your PS2, Xbox or Gamecube on your PC you could buy this:VD-Z3
I believe the comparisons between the X2VGA and the VD-Z3 are quite similar. The only reason I didn't go with this product was b/c it was on backorder status.