[mythtv-users] Want some advice on first MythTV build
intnsred at golgotha.net
Fri Jun 16 15:45:37 UTC 2006
> Case (something that I can put in my living room) -
This is always a tradeoff. Small and quiet is nice, but small generally
equals heat issues. I can't offer any advice on this point but it does amaze
me at how expensive HTPC cases are...
> Mobo -
Avoid VIA chipsets. There's a page in the MythTV wiki or docs that lists
out some mobo cautions.
> RAM (not sure how much to get) -
I'd recommend 1 GB as a nice, round number. But 512 would do if you're
careful; this all depends on your GNU/Linux distro and specific
> Video card (thinking one of those fanless GeForce FX5200) -
That'd be a good choice as it's got both free and non-free drivers. One
question is TV-out? Do you need it? If so, do you use it on the video card
or built onto the tuner card?
> DVD burner -
Generic; most seem to work fine with Linux.
> PS (thinking about a seasonic 330W) -
Another trade-off issue between power and noise. Be aware that some PSs
lie about actually giving their full amount of power they claim on the
> Tuner card (don't have an HDTV) -
Myself, I like the Happauge line (check the list archives, there are good
discussions on the various Happauge models). I have a PVR-350 and 500 and
don't regret that purchase. The 350's TV-out is nice. If I didn't need the
TV-out a 500 would be a nice solution to give 2 tuners on one card. (Be
advised that these are not "mini" cards; this could be an issue if you go
with a tiny case.)
And FWIW, since these PVR cards do encoding and/or decoding on the card
itself, your 2.4 GHz CPU will be overkill. I'm in the same boat, but the way
I look at it that just gives me more CPU cycles to use for BOINC seti at home
"You know, when I was growing up, or other Baby Boomers here were growing up,
we felt safe because we had these vast oceans that could protect us from
harm's way." -- George Bush, Jan. 11, 2006. Was Bush lying again or simply
displaying that in his youth he had never heard of nuclear missiles or
airplanes that drop bombs?
More information about the mythtv-users