[mythtv-users] Temporary graphics card for 780G system

twenty.seven at arcor.de twenty.seven at arcor.de
Mon Dec 1 07:44:37 UTC 2008

Hi everyone!

In a recent issue of the distinguished german computer magazine c't, there was a detailed proposal for an energy efficient and quiet AMD system. They tested all components for compatibility and found the resulting system to be remarkably quiet and power saving. I would like to build a MythTV box (combined BE/FE) based on these recommendations, as I trust in those guys and my own overview of current hardware is quite limited (though a built a couple of systems in the last 15 years). I just don't want to do any hardware experiments on my own and finally get a noisier system consuming 20 W more power than actually neccessary.

They used a mainboard with the AMD 780G chipset, which -- as far as I know -- is still not really usable for MythTV. Therefore, I would like to temporarily use a separate PCIe graphics card and hope for the 780G drivers to get usable in the next months. At the moment, I just watch SD TV, so I don't need HDTV and BlueRay support yet (but the system should, in principle, be capable of this). My TV is a recent Panasonic LCD, so I want to connect the MythBox via HDMI or DVI-to-HDMI.

What do you think about this? Which graphic card would you recommend? I thought about the Nvidia Geforce 6600 as it is available with HDMI, cheap, and the Nvidia driver supports XvMC.

Thanks in advance!

Proposed system:

AMD Athlon X2 4850e
GigaByte MA78G-DS3H (AMD 780G chipset)
4GB A-DATA DDR2-800 Kit
HDD Samsung HD642JJ 640 GB
DVD Pioneer DVR-216DBK
Enermax PRO82+ 385W
CPU Cooler Asus Triton 75 with Arctic Cooling AF12025 PWM Fan
Sharkoon HDD Vibe-Fixer 5,25"
Arctic Cooling AF12025 PWM Fan Case Fan

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