[mythtv-users] Newbie with a shopping list for review please
Justin The Cynical
cynical at penguinness.org
Wed Nov 21 11:33:41 UTC 2007
> Below is my shopping list for my MythTV system or LinuxMCE sytem not sure
> Shopping list
> 1-ASUS M2NPV-VM Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
> 1-AMD Athlon X2 BE-2400 2.3GHz Socket AM2 Processor
> 1-Patriot 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Memory
> 1-CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX ATX12V V2.2 450W Power Supply
> 3-Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
> 1-Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-500 MCE Dual TV Recorder Tuner Card w/MCE Remote 253
> PCI Interface
> 1-LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model DH-20A4P-04
> 1-SILVERSTONE SST-LC17-B Black Computer Case
The CPU with the listed tuner card is overkill. You really wouldn't
need that much power unless you:
Want the commercial flagging/transcoding to be finished really quickly
You are future-proofing for ATSC/HD watching.
The Hauppauge card you listed is SD only. A P4-based Celeron can deal
with that quite easily.
2 gigs is 1 gig too much. While memory is cheap right now, I would be
surprised if that second stick is really used for anything beyond system
caching. The money spent on the RAM /might/ be better used elsewhere,
depending on how much you are paying per stick.
This is what my system looks like after 22 days of uptime (I have a dual
ATSC tuner FE/BE, no analog tuners, sending audio to an external 5.1
Mem: 1035240k total, 960100k used, 75140k free, 13052k buffers
Swap: 257032k total, 584k used, 256448k free, 689660k cached
The top four memory hogs:
PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND
24936 mythtv 15 0 220m 116m 23m S 0.0 11.5 147:12.06 mythfrontend
3078 root 26 10 632m 56m 15m S 0.0 5.6 24:06.52 mythbackend
24902 root 15 0 44584 37m 3784 S 0.0 3.7 12:51.65 X
5644 apache 16 0 18428 11m 3172 S 0.0 1.1 0:00.67 httpd
Personally, I'd go for a 500 watt Seasonic, but that's me. :-)
I have that exact case. If I was to do it again, I probably wouldn't
have gotten it.
With a full size ATX board, it's a bit cramped towards the front of the
case near the drive bays.
The top cover is a bit flimsy IMO.
The drive bays are a pain to install/remove due to bad screw placement
(check the quick install page here
(This is my biggest complaint) The optical drive 'covers' are actually
attached to the optical drive via double stick tape.
for a picture. The quick install page also shows the procedure for
removing the covers)
Not only is this cheesy IMO, but optical drives with a curved tray
faceplate (which that Lite-On has) may have a hard time with this method
of attachment. IIRC, my printed book manual for the case said not to
use drives with a curved tray faceplate.
Aside from that, the loudest parts of the system (Northwood P4, parallel
IDE drives) are the hard drives. The cooling vents for the system do
not generate a lot of air turbulence, helping make a quieter system.
Unless you are planning on capturing from your local cable co, or
firewire from a satellite feed, I'd get an ATSC tuner card for the local
And as always, YMMV. :-)
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