[mythtv-users] warnings and recommendations on my new mythtv box

Steve Peters - Priority Electronics steve at priorityelectronics.com
Mon Sep 17 17:00:47 UTC 2007

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[mailto:mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of Brian Phillips
Sent: Monday, September 17, 2007 5:52 AM
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Subject: [mythtv-users] warnings and recommendations on my new mythtv box

Sorry if this is a repost, I'm not sure the first one was sent properly.

This will be my first MythTV build and I am pretty excited about it.  I have
been reading around and looking at various hardware to suit my needs.  I've
put together a list at newegg and was hoping I could share with the list for
comments and warnings about any hardware issues I'll run into.

I am in a university residence where they have analog cable to all of the
apartments, so I expect that an analog tuner will last me until I am out of
here (~4 years), at which point I plan on upgrading to an ATSC/QAM tuner
card.  The rest of the box will be built with hopes of an HD box in mind.

nMEDIAPC HTPC 100BA Black Steel MicroATX Media Center / HTPC Desktop
Computer Case 300W Power Supply - Retail Model #: HTPC 100BA Item #:
Intel BLKD945GCNL LGA 775 Intel 945GC Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - OEM
Model #: BLKD945GCNL Item #: N82E16813121320

MSI NX7300LE-TD128EH GeForce 7300LE 128MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video
Card - Retail Model #: NX7300LE-TD128EH Item #: N82E16814127273

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

CORSAIR ValueSelect 512MB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop
Memory Model VS512MB667D2 - Retail Model #: VS512MB667D2 Item #:

SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive -
OEM Model #: HD501LJ Item #: N82E16822152052

The video card is cheap, fanless and I have heard that the 7300LE chip will
be capable of producing 1080p when the time comes to need it, but if not,
that can be upgraded in the future as well.  I have a Memorex DVD burner
already that I plan on using.  The CPU I am looking at will be a Core 2 Duo
4500 2.2GHz.

Thanks for any input.


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Everything looks good, except the motherboard. Try to get one with digital
out as in my past experience, I've never seen a motherboard with built in
sound that doesn't make funny backround noise unless I was using the digital
port. That said, I also have the same 7300 video card. Keep in mind that the
heat sink is so big that it will take up the slot to the left. Luckely, in
that motherboard you have there, that slot is not a pci slot, so you won't
lose a tuner pci slot, but you will lose that slot.

I have an extra tv tuner (the same hauppague pvr-500) because I can't use
that slot in my board. Let me know if you want it, I'll let it go for $100.
Also, you can probably overclock your core 2 duo. I have a 4300 core 2 duo
(1.8ghz), and it is clocked up to 2.4ghz and I've never had a problem with
heat or stability. I just changed my frontside bus from 800mhz up to 1066
and that was it.


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