[mythtv-users] Advice on a newbie MythTV system
nospam at magestower.net
Wed Dec 21 13:07:43 EST 2005
I am planning on building a myth system with the following
design goals, in order:
1) Media server (ripped DVDs, CDs, recorded records,
3) Weather, games, web, etc
4) Live TV
Because of #2, I'm trying to figure out what the bare
minimum is that I need to purchase and where I can gain
some improvement to the later groups with minimal added
Here are my starting assets:
1) A dual-450 MHz P-II w/ several UW SCSI drives ...or...
2) A 1 GHz Athalon w/ interlaced memory (I think that I
can go to 1.5 GHz with the current motherboard)
3) A 250 GB UDMA 133 drive (although I don't believe
either motherboard supports 133 - the athalon supports
100)4) An ancient Nvidia TV-out/Video card
5) A Hauppauge PVR-150
6) An Nvidia 256 Video card
7) Misc sound and other cards laying around
I'm planning on putting the box in the basement and
snaking the video/audio up the wall to the living room, so
noise isn't an issue. I also need a new TV, preferrably
around a 19 inch flat panel.
So here's some questions:
1) Should I save a bit and use a monitor instead of a TV?
How well does that work for Myth? If so, what's a
generally acceptable delay on a flat panel in ns?
2) Will something like a Hauppauge PVR-350 be enough to
pull off most of the myth functions without a
3) If so, which motherboard should I use? I can't use
both as I need one for my desktop.
4) Any other words of wisdom? Any other small upgrades
with big payoffs? I'd like to keep my costs under $200
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