[mythtv-users] System upgrade - 150 (200) to spend

Another Sillyname anothersname at googlemail.com
Mon Jun 9 12:23:27 UTC 2008

Have a look on ripbay for a guy selling a commell 677 mini itx
system.....his price is way too high but he might take an offer (I'd
say the whole lot's worth about 100ish......maybe 150 absolute

The board he's selling has inbuilt Intel graphics that support compiz
and will take normal memory stiicks so 2gb or even 4gb is possible.

Good luck.


2008/6/9 Damian <damian at gingermagic.co.uk>:
> Gordon McCrae wrote:
>> Damian wrote:
>>> Hello all,
>>> It's a LONG time since I built a machine and I'm completely out of touch
>>> with recent technology so I'd really appreciate some advice on upgrading
>>> my Myth system.
>>> Current system:
>>> 1.2 Gig Athlon CPU
>>> 512 mb memory
>>> Abit KT7-raid motherboard
>>> Nvidia 5200 graphics card with DVI out
>>> 300Gb IDE hard drive
>>> A nice powerful PSU (due to old one needing replacing earlier in the year)
>>> A BenQ W100 projector (native 16:9 resolution - 854x480 - I feed it a
>>> 1280x720 signal)
>>> Reason for upgrade:
>>> Computer can't cope with the latest version of Ubuntu and I want to
>>> stick with Ubuntu/Mythbuntu to provide me with an easy(ish) path to
>>> keeping up to date with MythTV.
>>> What needs upgrading:
>>> CPU (+fan)
>>> Motherboard
>>> Memory (2 gig?)
>>> Graphics card? (I understand many motherboards come with graphics on
>>> board these days .. not sure if that's what I want)
>>> Hard drive? (I'd rather not change hard drives unless I have to, but
>>> I've been told that many motherboards these days don't have IDE so maybe
>>> it's time to change?)
>>> System use:
>>> -Main network server for the house which lives in the garage (so it
>>> doesn't have to be 'silent')
>>> -Main FE/BE for mythtv. Several frontends are on the network, but not
>>> used much when this system is working well.
>>> -Connected to a projector via DVI.
>>> -The projector has native res of 854x480 so HD is not an issue at the
>>> moment. I'm not sure when I will get around to upgrading my projector.
>>> It would be good to have a system capable of HD when I get the projector
>>> for it, but I don't really want to pay extra for a feature that I don't
>>> need for the foreseeable future.
>>> Funds:
>>> As ever, I'd like to spend as little as possible. I'm hoping that 150
>>> will get me a decent upgrade, but can stretch to 200 if needed.
>>> Notes:
>>> -Setting up the correct resolution with my projector was a nightmare,
>>> however I did get there in the end with this nvidia card (before the
>>> ubuntu update broke everything). So, if I buy a motherboard with
>>> graphics on board, I feel like sticking with nvidia unless someone has a
>>> really good reason not to.
>>> -As I'm spending on an upgrade, I'd like to really feel the benefit if
>>> possible. Compis spinny cubes don't mean much, but I like them. Those
>>> effects are lovely on my laptop. They worked on this current system, but
>>> it was a struggle so I turned them off.
>>> -The machine is generally left on all of the time, but I'd like the
>>> option of setting turn on and turn off times and letting Myth control
>>> this sometimes. Does that narrow down my motherboard choices significantly?
>>> -I used to be a big gamer. I'm not any more, but I like to at least look
>>> at games from time to time to see how pretty things look these days.
>>> Don't want to be spending extra money for that though.
>>> -I don't know what Linux/Ubuntu is like when upgrading hardware, but if
>>> possible, I'd like to not have to reinstall the entire OS from scratch
>>> if I can avoid it. I'm not sure if that's possible or not or if it just
>>> means avoid x64.
>>> -I have an old ATX (I think that's what they were called) called which
>>> is a brick but fine for something hidden away. I'd like to avoid the
>>> expense of buying a new case if I can but I don't know if standards have
>>> moved on and that would not be possible.
>>> -I'm based in the UK if that makes any difference to anything.
>>> I think that's about everything. Hope I've not put everyone off by
>>> writing too much. Just wanted to give as full a picture as I could.
>>> Thanks for your time!
>>> Damian
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>> You could do worse than checking out Novatech
>> (http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/barebones.html), for 150 you'll get
>> Core2 Duo E2180 / 2Gb built and tested, all you need to do is add
>> optical and storage drives. Alternatively for 200, you could get a Dual
>> Core E4600 / 2Gb. You can get cheaper again from overclockers, but then
>> the onus is more on you to ensure you've matched components etc., and
>> you've already said it's been a while .....
>> Gordon
> Thanks for that Gordon,
> I'll take a look.
> The main thing I think when I look at those is that within the 150/200
> I'm buying a case and PSU that I don't need. Surely I would get more for
> my money just buying the CPU, motherboard and memory?
> However, the page you sent me does give me a good quick glance look at
> the 'rank' of new systems, so I could buy the bits I need from
> Overclockers. I used them last time I built a machine.
> Thanks for your help!
> Damian
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