[mythtv-users] Cheapest way to build a frontend?
marcone at xs4all.nl
Mon Dec 25 20:55:41 UTC 2006
>So I've finally submitted to the fact that I don't have the hardware to
>build a decent frontend/backend in the same machine:
>CPU: Athlon64 3200+
>HDD: 500GB SATA, 250GB SATA
>Video: Geforce 6800 GT 512MB
>TV: 2x pcHDTV 5500, 2x PVR-150
>It's almost there, but what I'm gonna do instead is make that machine a
>backend. This machine just cannot play HDTV while streaming SD or HD to
>another frontend. I can't believe it, as I know that this hardware is
I agree, it *should* be able to deal with this. Have you tried to isolate
the problem by measuring disk throughput, network throughput and CPU usage
while doing so? Are you using XvMC?
>So, what I would like to know from you guys is, what's the best
>(price/performance tradeoff) hardware for building a frontend to play SD
>and HDTV? If I could get away with spending <$300 that would be best. I
>have a case, dvdrom and hdd already.
For about $300 you should be able to upgrade the CPU to an Athon64 X2 3800
AND add another disk for striping or mirroring.
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