[mythtv-users] Cost of MythTV Machines
ckotting at wideopenwest.com
Mon Jan 23 18:23:58 UTC 2006
> - How much is silence in your living room worth?
Rather a lot, a 200 kw turbogenerator is stone silent comapared to my 6-yar
> - Do you (and other family members) want an "ugly" old computer
> showcased in your living room?
No, so I have it behind the wall unit and use an RF keyboard and mouse.
> - How much did you spend on audio/video gear in the past?
Not a whole lot, though it seemed a bunch at the time (older gear, but it
suits our purposes).
> - How much money do you normally spend on your computer hobby?
As little as possible. I have other hobbies, as well.
> - How many hours of recordings do you want to keep? (HINT: it's more
> than you would ever think when your building your first mythtv box)
Yes it is, but I archive off to DVD anything we deem worth keeping longer
than one viewing.
> - When one of your hard drives fails and you lose your
> system/recordings, how much would it be worth to you to be able to go
> back in time and set up RAID?
Not a thing. I backup my system drive whenever I do an upgrade (both before
and after) and the /video directory (on it's own drive) can go "poof" for
all I care, I'm only out the cost of a replacement drive.
What did I spend?
Combined Frontend/Backend SD
$36 - DVD Burner
$25 - 40 Gig HD (eBay)
$75 - PVR-150 (eBay)
$9 - Case and PS
$7 - homebrew speed control circuit for PS fan
$20 - RF wireless Keyboard & Mouse
everything else (700 mhz Pentium III, MB, 640MB ram, 20 Gig system drive) I
had lying around the house.
Cables to hook it all together (I splurged here) $45
Total: about $220 Like most things, the key to a satisfactory purchase is
to know what you want to do, and shop carefully and patiently.
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