[mythtv-users] New to building computers and MythTV

Jon Sustar digitaldoodler at gmail.com
Wed Mar 21 18:56:30 UTC 2007

Wow, this user group is impressive!  Keep the suggestions coming if you have
any more!

I like the idea of having a separate backend box, but I'm concerned about
the increase in cost.  I've never used MythTV, so maybe I should just have
it all on one system (in case for some reason I don't like it, which I
doubt), and then, if it's too loud or I need more space, I could expand to
have a backend too?

What all would be involved with having a backend?  How does that connect to
the front end?  Anybody have any specs of their own?


On 3/21/07, jedi at mishnet.org <jedi at mishnet.org> wrote:
> > On Wednesday 21 March 2007 12:29, Jon Sustar wrote:
> >> > What types of broadcasts do you want to record, HiDef or Standard TV.
> >>
> >> Standard TV
> >
> > If you use tuners that do MPEG-2 (or MPEG-4, but that's rarer) encoding
> in
> > hardware, the CPU and disk space requirements for this will be low
> > compared
> > to what you'd need for HD content. You could probably get by with a
> > ~600MHz
>    True. However if you want to transcode this into something smaller
> then any CPU horsepower you throw into the whole system will go to good
> use. Also keep in mind that any Linux box on the home network can be a
> transcoding slave (much like SETI @ home).
>    If you can tolerate the divx compression artifacts you can get a 4:1
> increase in your effective storage. So, even an Athlon 64 X2 might pay
> for itself in terms of effective disk capacity.
> [deletia]
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