[mythtv-users] mythtv hardware plans

jason maxwell decepticon at gmail.com
Sat Feb 3 21:17:49 UTC 2007

I've got plenty of time, no hurry. Good advice from everyone so far, Thanks.
The pcHDTV cards are designed specifically for Linux (and not
windoze), which makes me smile, so the extra bucks are worth it to me.
AFAICT, the 5500 will work for HD and SD channels, so no need for a
separate analog only tuner.

I have an APC UPS on my TV right now, and have another standing by for
the myth box. Definitely a good investment. Also, I have a few
"small", <100G IDE drives i can use for the OS, so I will plan on

On 2/3/07, Brian Wood <beww at beww.org> wrote:
> On Feb 3, 2007, at 10:38 AM, Steven Adeff wrote:
> >>>
> >>> - non-VIA chipset ATX mobo
> >>>   how fast will my proc need to be to do what i want?
> >>
> >> As fast as you can afford :-)
> >
> > adding to Brian's always good advice...
> Geee, thanks.
> >
> >> You didn't mention what CPU architecture you're thinking of but there
> >> are some really good deals on the socket 939 AMD chips these days.
> >> You can get an FX60 for under $400 and an Opteron 165 for $100. This
> >> assumes you're in the USA, your reference to Comcast would indicate
> >> that.
> >
> > Look into the mATX boards with built in GeForce 6100/6150 cards. There
> > are a few with DVI output for your HDTV. They will also have SPDIF
> > output on the back plate or with header pins that you can get an
> > adapter for ($15). This is a nice all in one solution that can be
> > easily turned into a standalone frontend later if you decide to go in
> > this direction.
> >
> > You'll want a minimum of an Athlon x2 for a combined system.
> I can't recall hearing anyone complain that a system had too fast a
> CPU, too much RAM or too much storage, although heat, power and noise
> are also considerations.
> If you keep your eyes open you can often find some real deals, it's
> worth the time to look around.
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