[mythtv-users] HTPC Configuration for first MythTV box
jcw at wilsonet.com
Thu Sep 9 00:53:00 EDT 2004
On Wednesday 08 September 2004 18:59, mythtv user wrote:
> > >Here's a first try at configuring a Home Theater PC with the goals of:
> > >
> > > - run MythTV on Fedora Core 2
> > > - provide redundancy for some components
> > > - eliminate VCRs, DVD players, 200-CD changer
> > > - do more when I realize what else the box can do
> > >
> > >
> > > Case . . . . . . . . . . Antec Overture
> > > Power Supply . . . . . . Included with Antec Overture
> > > Motherboard . . . . . . Asus A7N8X Deluxe
> > > CPU . . . . . . . . . . AMD Athlon XP 3200+
> > > Memory . . . . . . . . . Two Samsung 512MB PC3200 400MHz DDR
> > > Hard Drives . . . . . . Two Western Digital 250GB WD2500JDRTL
> > > Optical . . . . . . . . Two Sony DRU-710A DVD+RW
> > > Video Capture . . . . . Hauppauge WinTV PVR-350
> > > Graphics Adapter . . . . Asus GeForce FX 5200
> > > Keyboard/Mouse . . . . . Logitech Cordless MX Duo
> > > Sound . . . . . . . . . Use Motherboard Audio Features
> > > NIC . . . . . . . . . . Use Motherboard NICs (two)
> > I'd say that, for a system under you TV, it's a bit overpowered, and this
> > will make it noisier. Shoehorning all that into a case as small as the
> > overture would also give rise to heat issues.
> > My advice would be...
> > Drop the CPU to at least a 2800 Barton. They throw out less heat and are
> > still waaaaaaay more than adequate for everything.
'Cept maybe HDTV. Though my 3200 doesn't go above 80% utilization with pretty
much every possible filter on. And this is w/0.15.1, not the latest CVS,
which has plenty of further improvements for HDTV performance, I believe.
> I agree I have a AMD 2500 and it works fine.
For non-HD stuff, I ran fine on a 1700 for quite a while (frontend and dual
tuners all in one machine). And I've run on an 800 just fine as well
(frontend-only, but probably would have been fine if it had to do the capture
as well, assuming a PVR-x50).
> > I'd advocate a case like the CoolerMaster 620
I love mine.
> Again I'll second that suggestion. I have the Antec Overture case and
> think it is too noisy. From your list it seems $ is not a problem so I
> would by a case w/o a PSU and buy a silent PSU.
Just moved my second Myth box to an Antec Sonata (a tower worked better when I
moved my HDTV to make way for the pool table...). The Sonata is damned nice
and quiet. Never really was wild about the Overture.
> > Two DVDR's? One would do, surely?!
I would think so...
> > If the system is going to be used for lots of things, save yourself the
> > hassle of using the PVR's TV-Out (even though it's unmatched in quality)
> > and get a PVR-250 instead. Whilst you're at it, you might want to
> > consider buying two from the off, depending on how much simultaneous
> > recording/watching you're gonna want to do.
I definitely recommend multiple tuners, esp. w/the rest of what you're
getting. Gotta have two to really fill that pair of 250s. :-)
> > You're spending all that money and using onboard sound? I'd recommend an
> > Audigy or M-Audio card (both, IIRC, are supported under ALSA and OSS via
> > open source drivers). Unless the onboard has SPDIF, and you can then do a
> > passthrough to your AV setup.
Onboard sound... Ick. Mos def go Audigy or M-Audio Revo. I'm also somewhat
partial to the TerraTec DMX 6fire my buddy has.
> > A combined front/back end works fine with minimal swapping on just 512MB
Hell, I don't think I see *any* swapping w/512. Even when playing back HDTV
stuff. Anything more than like 384 is probably mostly wasted (but I like
having 512 for "just in case"). I bought new RAM for my rebuilt
pcHDTV-equipped system a few weeks back and opted for a pair of 256 sticks
(so I could run dual-channel).
> > If you can, I'd throw all the moolah into a backend in the cupboard that
> > you can keep as noisy and as powerful and as full of HD's as you like.
> > Keeping all that stuff under your TV will mean constant whirring. The
> > backend doesn't need to be anything special; just a cheap box full of
> > hard drives and the TV cards.
Yup. That's basically what I did.
Jarod C. Wilson, RHCE
jcw at wilsonet.com
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