[mythtv-users] New system spec -- seeking comments.

Allen Edwards allen.edwards at oldpaloalto.com
Mon Jun 9 22:08:11 UTC 2008

On Mon, Jun 9, 2008 at 2:33 PM, Kevin Kuphal <kkuphal at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29 PM, Allen Edwards
> <allen.edwards at oldpaloalto.com> wrote:
>> I posted a system spec some time ago.  I got lots of good feedback
>> that convinced me not to buy it..  There were also good ideas for how
>> to get what I needed.  I have since spent considerable time
>> researching a new spec that I think will meet my needs.  However,
>> there are several line items I can't nail down and some questions on
>> others.  As always, there is the fear I have missed an elephant, as
>> they say.
>> Presently, I am using a P4-2.4GHz and it just doesn't have the power I
>> need.  For example, when mythcomflag is running, the video stutters
>> (even though max jobs is set to 1 and CPU set to low).  It has,
>> however, allowed me to run tests that help clarify what I need.
>> I posted the results of my research below along with the options for
>> each line item where I am still undecided.  Comments, opinions, and in
>> general all feedback is appreciated both on individual line items and
>> on things I may have missed overall.
>> To get S-Video, I decided I needed a video card so on-board video was
>> undesirable.  To get S/PDIF, the most economical solution was to get a
>> higher end MB with it built in.  That also gave me a better MB than a
>> cheap MB with an external sound card.  I have a VGA to S-Video
>> converter that I tried, but the quality isn't there.
> Just my 2 cents.  I'd avoid motherboard SPDIF out.  Personally I've
> never found one that did the optical header on the board or had the
> right header module to buy even though they all said "SPDIF onboard".
> I have had zero issues with a simple Turtle Beach Riviera PCI card
> running optical SPDIF to my receiver.  Cheap and easy.
> Kevin
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Thanks for the input.  I was planning on using Coax to my
Pre-Processor.  In fact, the ASUS doesn't even have optical out.  I
will take your comment that the optical out of the Gigabyte is not a
plus but is there more than that?

The audio out for the L+R into my TV seems fine.  For my 5.1, I use my
processor and not the onboard audio.

That said, your comments, and those of Mark, made me realize that I
have a USB input on the Outlaw Processor.  Maybe I don't even need an
audio card at all!  Something to try with my present system.


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