[mythtv-users] PC configuration

Jason umproko5 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 17 12:58:48 UTC 2007

So if I don't go with a PVR-350 (don't have this yet), should I buy a new
video card and pvr card (with a remote)? Note that I don't want to upgrade
the motherboard and cpu.

Recommendations please???

And a I am no where near HD yet.
And the GeForce 2 GTS (deluxe) Graphic Card has TV out.
And I was considering the PVR-350 because of the decoder (it would off load
some work from the CPU).
Also, MythTV will soon be going to OpenGL for the menus, so it will not be
supported at all for that .... how soon will this happen and what PVR
support openGL?


Cont. from
Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2007 07:55:30 -0400
From: "Steven Adeff" <adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] PC configuration
To: "Discussion about mythtv" <mythtv-users at mythtv.org>
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On 3/16/07, Brian Wood <beww at beww.org> wrote:
> On Mar 16, 2007, at 8:21 PM, Jason Prokopowich wrote:
> > I want to set up a Mythtv box (client and server) with the
> > following (using some old parts):
> > 1133 MHz P3
> > 500 MB memory
> > GeForce 2 GTS (deluxe) Graphic Card
> > Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-350 pvr card
> > 100 Gig Hard drive
> >
> > What are your thoughts on this configuration? Should I even bother
> > or should this do the trick?
> >
> Assuming you only want to do SD (and given the PVR-350 I think that's
> a valid assumption) you should be able to make it work, though I'm
> not too sure about that old graphics card. You probably could make
> the 350's decoder work if you have to but that's not a good long-term
> solution, I'd guess a more modern graphics card will be your first
> purchase, a 5200 is fairly cheap.
> Anything faster than a PII 600Mhz. *should*  be able to decode
> MPEG-2, assuming you're not trying to do much else at the time.
> 100 GB will limit you to about 40 hours of DVD-quality video, but
> it;s certainly enough to get you started.

If the graphics card has TV out (if your not just using a monitor), it
should be fine to use since its not doing any XvMC, or of course you
can try to use the PVR-350, which lately seems to be hit or miss due
to lack of continued support for TV-out.

I too will mention the hard drive size, take at least 10GB off for the
OS, etc. Considering you can buy a 320GB drive for under $100 (or
smaller for less), I'd consider a second drive just for recordings.
Not mandataory, but a nice thing to have.

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