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

Kevin Kuphal kkuphal at gmail.com
Tue Jun 10 04:20:10 UTC 2008

On Mon, Jun 9, 2008 at 5:08 PM, Allen Edwards
<allen.edwards at oldpaloalto.com> wrote:
> 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?

If you have the option for optical into your pre-processor, take it.
It will eliminate any possible interferrence (hum, hiss, whatever)
that may occur in the connection.


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