[mythtv-users] Looking for your experience

James Pifer jep at obrien-pifer.com
Fri Sep 3 15:45:29 EDT 2004

On Fri, 2004-09-03 at 14:31, Aaron Griffin wrote:
> Hey all,
> I must first admit, I am a newbie to MythTV, although that's not my
> reason for this.  I'm going to use you all for your experience in
> dealing with the hardware side of this...
> Anyway, I'm looking for some advice on the *BEST* hardware setup...
> the cost isn't that much of an issue....
> Current Plan->
> TV-in: PVR-250
> TV-out: No clue...I have an All-in-wonder so I need to buy a new one
> Processor: Most likely AMD 2000-3000 or something
> Case/Mobo/Form Factor: Anyone research this and find something really
> cool that's not a Shuttle (too expensive for what you get)?
> Hard Drives: How much, how snappy? I'll probably be recording about
> 1-2hours a day and deleting it after I watch
> Sound Card: I'm assuming Audigy 2 Platinum, anything better?
> DVD-ROM: How fast to emulate a store bought DVD player?
> As far as the distro goes, I'll be using ArchLinux (www.archlinux.org)
> because it's the best distro ever 8)... although if I end up settling
> for a less powerful machine, I may try gentoo for the little
> performance boosts....
> I am building this for me and my girlfriend, and the total cost isn't
> THAT big of a deal.... because I'm doing it for her (awwwwww, how
> cute!)
> Thanks in advance,
> Aaron Griffin
> ______________________________________________________________________
I can't really say a lot about the hardware except this. I use Mythtv
for recording programs and watching them, then deleting. I have a 350
and used the TVOut for a while, but it was more trouble than it was
worth. Picture was very good though. I have not used a video card with
TV out. My final solution is a $20 TView Micro XGA. Provides good enough
quality for what I'm looking for. 


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