[mythtv-users] Hardware review before the plunge..

Jarod C. Wilson jcw at wilsonet.com
Sun Mar 7 02:40:49 EST 2004

On Mar 6, 2004, at 22:22, Matthew Geller wrote:

> Jarod,
> Thanks for all the info.. Wow..

No problem.

> I am using the Athlon 2000 XP's because I want to upgrade a couple 
> other
> boxes I have to Athlon 2600's.  At this point it isn't worth paying the
> extra for 3200's given that I don't have any HDTV yets.

Yeah, probably the best route then.

> You were right on the WD's.  I figured because they were so new they
> supported ATA133.  But after pulling the manual you are right.  Either 
> way
> it looks like I am fine at ata/66.

I have quite a few WD drives myself. (8 120GB ones, 1 250GB one and 2 
200GB ones, along with some smaller ones) ;-)

> Chaintech does have a MX4000.  See URL below...  I picked it over the 
> MX440
> only because it was carried by the same place I was going to get the 
> rest of
> my hardware.
> http://www.chaintechusa.com/tw/eng/product_spec.asp?MPSNo=14&PISNo=261

I stand corrected. First I've heard of it... Huh. I'm seeing it on 
nVidia's site as well, so it isn't just a Chaintech labeling thing...

> Now that I think about it, I might skip the Chaintech MX4000/MX440 and 
> try
> the Chaintech 7NIF2 first to decide if I even need something more then
> onboard video card.

You don't. My 3200 system is on a Chaintech 7NIF2, using the onboard 
video to output to my HDTV. Look at the second link in my sig for 
further details...

Jarod C. Wilson, RHCE

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