[mythtv-users] My first MythTv box, first linux box and first build

Chuck Rudolph rudolph4404 at comcast.net
Mon Sep 17 01:40:13 UTC 2007

MessageI was planning on using Ubuntu as recommended in Practical MythTV (http://www.amazon.com/Practical-MythTV-Building-Media-Center/dp/1590597796/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-8477770-3755023?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1189994808&sr=8-1). While I've been a UNIX user and developer (application & OS) for the last 20+ years. Surprisingly, I've only used Linux for about 1 of those years. I like the cookie-cutter approach when building something this complicated that I haven't done before.

-Chuck Rudolph
Email: rudolph4404 at comcast.net

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Steve Peters - Priority Electronics 
  To: 'Discussion about mythtv' 
  Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2007 1:54 AM
  Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] My first MythTv box,first linux box and first build

    -----Original Message-----
    From: mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org [mailto:mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of Justin Corner
    Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2007 8:49 PM
    To: 'Discussion about mythtv'
    Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] My first MythTv box,first linux box and first build

    you can save $40 on your power supply, use the money for some other component, i just bought two of them.


     >> Here's my current http://newegg.com shopping list... 

             SILVERSTONE SST-LC17-B Black Aluminum front panel, 0.8 mm SECC body ATX Media Center / HTPC Desktop Computer Case - Retail 
              Model #: SST-LC17-B
              Item #: N82E16811163055 

              $139.99  -$20.00 Instant    $119.99 

              ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail 
              Model #: M2N-SLI Deluxe
              Item #: N82E16813131013
              $139.99     $139.99 

              Hauppauge WinTV-PVR 500 MCE White box PCI Interface Personal Video Recorder - Retail 
              Model #: 1081
              Item #: N82E16815116628
             $139.99     $139.99 

              AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ Windsor 2.8GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADA5600CZBOX - Retail 
              Model #: ADA5600CZBOX
              Item #: N82E16819103771
              $149.50     $149.50 

              Kingston ValueRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR800D2N5K2/2G - OEM 
              Model #: KVR800D2N5K2/2G
              Item #: N82E16820134117


              Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM 
              Model #: ST3500630AS
              Item #: N82E16822148136
              $119.99   x3  $359.97 - Thinking of software raid 5 with LVM. 


    I would recommend at least 1gb of ram, because if you are going to be doing transcoding, that takes up extra memory. Also, what distro are you planning on using...that makes a big difference. I'm using ubuntu feisty, and when it all loads up with myth and all, it's using around 900mb ram. I have 1gb total. When i transcode, or when comm flagging starts up, it starts using the swap. Still, never had a problem.

    Also, unless you will be doing tons of transcoding, you wont need a processor that fast. You could save a few bucks here.

    Lastly, get a good power supply. If it goes out, you could lose a drive, the board, or anything else. I'd save the money on the ram and stick with teh 1gb since that's been enough for me and seems to be more than enough for most myth users and go with a good name brand power supply that has a ton of newegg good reviews.

    -my two cents



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