[mythtv-users] Killer system or overkill?
crunchyfrog at charter.net
Tue Dec 13 10:28:41 EST 2005
I'm going to upgrade to a HD myth system soon. I already have the TV, a
Mitsubishi 1080p 50".
The system I'm considering would serve as a back-end for high def (and
some or all NTSC, too). It would also be a front end to the HDTV. It
would connect to other myth systems in the house via Gb and 100Mb Ethernet.
Super low-noise is not a great concern: I can hide a mini tower under
the 75 gallon fish tank near the TV. That greatly attenuates the noise.
Here's what I'm considering:
MSI K8N Neo4 board
Althon 64 3800+ dual core
Nvidia TC256 FC6200 based PCI-X card
2x512MB PC3200 RAM (2 free slots for now)
expandsion TI-based IEEE1394 board
HD5000 for direct capture of unscrambled QAM
firewire from DTC6200
PVR-250 for hopelessly copy-protected channels
DVI-D to HDMI for video
on-board optical sound to the surround-system amp
I haven't decided on disk space yet. I'm thinking of four 250 or 300GB
SATA drives and software RAID5.
Is dual-core overkill? It's reasonable on the margin from a single core
3800+, but if a 3200+ single-core is sufficient, that's a lot cheaper.
Is this board a reasonable choice with a dual-core Athlon?
Thanks for any insight,
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