[mythtv-users] Mythtv - hardware

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Fri Jan 13 19:31:42 UTC 2006

Steve Adeff wrote:

>On Friday 13 January 2006 09:52, Luis Mourao wrote:
>>Jake <jakeisawake at gmail.com> wrote:  
>>>What do you think about the choices?
>>>>Is the Athlon 64 3000+ adequate for 1080p?
>>>>Mythtv has support for 7.1 channels?
>>>well, since the pvr-150 only captures sdtv i'm kinda confused as to
>>>why you're worried about hdtv.  as for how much processor is required
>>>for hdtv and the 7.1 sound, that has been discussed ad nauseam, search
>>>the archives:   http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/mythtv/
>>    Ok, I'll  search the archives.
>>  Nevertheless, if you see something "strange" or "bad choice" in my
>>hardware list, please notify me.
>>  I'm worry about hdtv because it will be something that I will use in the
>>future  (I live in Portugal), and then, I only will need a hdtv  card to
>>receive digital TV.
>the socket 754 doesn't give much upgrade options, which may or may not bother 
>you. Everything else looks fine. 1080p playback should be fine too.
Buying for upgrade is a bad choice, IMHO.  Even if you buy a 939-pin 
processor right now, unless you buy an upgrade processor really soon, 
you'll have missed out because AMD is switching to socket M2 (the 
940-pin dual-channel memory capable socket) this year.  Since you can't 
buy socket M2 motherboards/CPU's now, what's the point in buying a 
939-pin for "upgrade options?"

Besides, when it comes time to "upgrade," you're usually better off 
buying a new system, anyway.  Think of all the pieces of the computer 
that change on varying schedules--case/power supply style (AT/ATX/BTU--I 
mean BTX ;), RAM (DRAM (in all its versions)/SDR SDRAM/RDRAM/DDR 
and IDE/EIDE/SATA not to mention AMR/ACR/CNR), and we've already 
mentioned processor sockets.  And, the examples are just the ones that 
have already changed--no future versions are listed.


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