[mythtv-users] first build, $695 - extra eyes, please

Troy Goodson TroysLists at Lavabit.com
Thu Jun 4 16:01:47 UTC 2009

On Jun 4, 2009, at 4:55 AM, Alex Butcher <mythlist at assursys.co.uk>  

> On Thu, 4 Jun 2009, Jos Hoekstra wrote:
>> Alex Butcher schreef op 4-6-2009 11:35:
>>> On Thu, 4 Jun 2009, Troy Goodson wrote:
>>>> I'm looking to build my first rig.  I want HDMI audio/video and I  
>>>> want to be able to play high-bitrate H.264 movies.  I plan on  
>>>> hooking this up to a 42-inch Panasonic Plasma TV.
>>> Right, at some point you're going to want to use VDPAU, then.  
>>> VDPAU requires
>>> a Geforce 8 series GPU or better.
>>>> I'd really appreciate any extra eyes to give feedback on what  
>>>> I've listed, below, particularly because I've never built a PC  
>>>> before and may have missed something obvious.  I plan on  
>>>> installing MythDora and find out just how easy it is :)
>>>> Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-E7AUM-DS2H
>>>> $80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128072
>>> This mobo only includes a Geforce 7100. I'd suggest getting a  
>>> Gigabyte or
>>> Asus-branded Intel chipset motherboard (the P45 based boards are  
>>> probably
>>> good enough if you're never planning on using the rig for gaming)  
>>> and an
>>> add-on VGA card (either a Geforce 8 or better, or something cheap  
>>> for now,
>>> then upgrade when you need to).
>> The link is another board than described, the Gigabyte GA-E7AUM- 
>> DS2H is using a 9400 which in my experience is plenty.
> Oops! Well spotted, Jos! I'd imagine that the 9400 is plenty, too.
> That said, I still prefer Intel chipset motherboards for stability,  
> after
> some bad experiences with third-party (VIA, SiS) chipsets. Lots of  
> people
> get on fine with 'em, though. Also, an replaceable GPU might give  
> useful
> headroom for later upgrades.

Sorry for the confusion. I had been seriously considering the GA-73PVM- 
S2H because it had a lot of positive user reports. However, it seems  
like I have nothing to fear from the GA-E7AUM-DS2H and it will do VDPAU.



>> Jos Hoekstra
> Best Regards,
> Alex.

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