[mythtv-users] Looking for your experience

Aaron Griffin aaronmgriffin at gmail.com
Fri Sep 3 16:24:31 EDT 2004

Some nice comments, and very quick too.
And yes, I've done my research, but how-to's and guides usually don't
have alot of "X is the easiest to setup and Y is the best value" type

Anyway, thanks for the input.  I'm one of those "overkill" type
people, but you guys bring up some good points about noise (especially
on the DVD).  for sound, i'll do some research... find cheap cards
with SPDIF... however i need good sound quality (otherwise my whole
sound system goes to waste)

so far i'm going PVR-250 with a GF4MX (whichever one everyone seems to
be using - the one people indicate as "just working").  And I'll
probably start with a single 200GB drive.  I don't want to do sep.
back/front ends... our apartment can't handle more clutter...he he

anyone know any good mobo/case combos with great onboard sound? i
think that's my final step here... besides, of course, ordering the

and as for the distro installation... i'm a dork and i ejoy that
stuff... if i (we) didn't enjoy all this crap, we'd be buying TiVo's,
right? hah!

On Fri, 03 Sep 2004 15:45:29 -0400, James Pifer <jep at obrien-pifer.com> wrote:
> 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.
> HTH.
> James
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