[mythtv-users] Advice on a newbie MythTV system

Jason Arnold nospam at magestower.net
Wed Dec 21 13:22:32 EST 2005

I forgot one important detail: I'm only interested in over 
the air TV.  We don't need cable or satellite.

Thanks in advance,

On Wed, 21 Dec 2005 12:07:43 -0600
  "Jason Arnold" <nospam at magestower.net> wrote:
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>I am planning on building a myth system with the 
>following design goals, in order:
>1) Media server (ripped DVDs, CDs, recorded records, 
>2) Cheap
>3) Weather, games, web, etc
>4) Live TV
>5) PVR
>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 
>CPU/motherboard upgrade?
>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 
>(excluding monitor/TV).
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