[mythtv-users] Motherboard Recomendation
dan.littlejohn at gmail.com
Thu Mar 31 19:06:42 UTC 2005
Wish I had known about the S/PDIF bracket for the 7NIF2 and MSI boards.
I picked the Abit AN7 for the S/PDIF (and it uses the slightly better
audio codec, Realtek ALC658 compared to the RealtekALC650) and picked
up a FX5200 video card.
On Thu, 31 Mar 2005 10:35:41 -0800, Rei Toi <rei_toi at walkingmountain.com> wrote:
> Mark Gardner wrote:
> > I've skimmed the archives and havnt' found an answer to my liking...
> > so here's the question
> > I'm planning on building a myth Frontend/Backend box with some
> > hardware i have around
> > AMD 1200 Duron (could be Athlon if I need the power)
> > PVR 350
> > 512 DDR
> > Will build either on SUSE 9.3 ( I work for novell ) or Fedora Core
> > What i'm looking for is a motherboard that won't break the bank, but
> > just works. I had one with a VIA chipset that had a bunch of DMA
> > errors :( But have had many good reports with nForce chipsets.
> > Preferably the onboard sound should work....
> > Onboard video a plus but not required...
> > Thanks in Advance.
> Hi Mark,
> I use the MSI "K7N2GM2-LSR" motherboard which is currently $61.50 at Newegg:
> It has the nForce2 chipset and comes with the TV-out bracket (s-video &
> You can use the bios to reconfigure the 3 audio jacks (Line-in,
> Line-out, & Mic.) to be 4 or 6 channel audio; if your surround sound
> system requires this. (I haven't tried it; you *may* need to use their
> MS Windows utilities to configure this particular option.)
> The board doesn't come with an S/PDIF bracket, but you can buy one (RCA
> & optical fiber) at CensusPC for $12.00:
> Installing FC3 was fine, everything "just worked." Also, installing
> Myth in accordance with Jarod's guide worked out very well.
> I also have a PVR-350 and have tried both it's TV-out and the on-board
> nForce TV-out. I like the PVR-350's TV output much better (on my
> standard def TV the picture quality is higher) but I have to admit that
> I didn't try too hard to see if I could tweak the nVidia video quality.
> Having said that, X looks worse on the PVR-350 vs. the on-board nForce
> TV-out... I use the PVR-350's TV-out anyway though, as my box is 100%
> dedicated to TV watching so I don't play games, etc. with this unit.
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