[mythtv-users] motherboard recommendation?

cromworshipper-mythtvlist at yahoo.com cromworshipper-mythtvlist at yahoo.com
Sat Oct 25 18:07:12 UTC 2008


----- Original Message ----

> From: Michael Drons <mdrons at yahoo.com>
> To: mythtv-users at mythtv.org
> Sent: Friday, October 24, 2008 6:51:25 PM
> Subject: [mythtv-users] motherboard recommendation?
> 
> I am looking to replace my motherboard/cpu.
> 
> it will be a fiontend/backend
> PVR250 installed
> PVR500 installed
> IEEE1394 for comcast connection
> SATA support
> play/record from hd homerun
> connect to plasma tv for hd & sd playback
> need spdif optical out
> prefer hdmi out (for video transport only)
> 
> Thanks, mike

I'm thinking about this too.  Newegg might be your friend.  Check out the advanced search tab on newegg for AM2 motherboards: 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/PowerSearch.aspx?N=2010200022&SubCategory=22&GASearch=3

For Intel motherboards, there seem to be more to choose from:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/PowerSearch.aspx?N=2010200280&SubCategory=280&GASearch=3

I wish newegg didn't make you first choose AMD versus Intel.  

What I do is select the single most important item on the list and hit search.  If there are too many to make browsing fun, I go back and select the next most important item and hit search again to refine it down to one page.  I also sort by "Best Rating".

The Geforce motherboards fit your requirements as I understand them and they have all of those devices onboard.  I would like a Geforce 8300, but XvMC is not supported on them so HD video might not look so
nice.  So, I'm down to the Geforce 7 series.  But there aren't many to
choose from, and they don't have enough SATA ports and PCIe slots for
me.  

I haven't yet determined how well the AMD 780 and 790 series work.  Anyone with experience to share?  I'm a bit distrustful of them becuase, as far as I recall, their linux/x11 drivers weren't so good.

So maybe this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188024 with a fanless graphics card.  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127386 ?  

Good luck.  I can't make up my mind.


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