[mythtv-users] mythtv box hw

Stephen Tait tait at digitallaw.co.uk
Thu Sep 30 10:16:23 EDT 2004

At 14:29 30/09/2004, you wrote:
>I guess this topic has been discussed about thousand times here, but as 
>mythtv-users list is not searchable (or where could I find the search for 
>it?) I'm asking anyway.
>I'd like to build my own mythtv box from following hw (plan to purchase):
>MB & CPU: VIA Epia M10000 or MII 12000
>RAM: 256MB
>HDD: 2,5" 4200RPM ~40GB or 3,5"
>TV: PVR-250 (or PVR-350)?

Go for the 350 if you want to use the TV-Out and don't want it to tax your 
CPU. You'll find the box quite underpowered compared to, say, a mATX 
running an XP-M 2500. Transcoding to XviD et al will take  along time.

>I'm planning to use PCI ribbon-cable extender for TV-card, large heatsink 
>and custom made case to use this setup as fanless. No CD or DVD drive! My 
>goal is to have a box capable of recording shows with time-shift capable. 
>Also requirement is that if recording from TV, I would be able to view 
>already recorded shows from MPEG-2 and/or xvid format? Currently I own 
>Leadtek WinFast TV2000 XP Expert (Connexant 23880), could I use this card 
>for this setup?

No, the EPIA boards only have one PCI slot. 

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