[mythtv-users] help picking FE/BE components

James Warden warjamy at yahoo.com
Mon Nov 23 10:53:05 UTC 2009

for the GPU, I would recommend at least an nVidia GeForce 9xxx

I have a mobo that has a 9300 chip (BE/FE system) and another PC with a PI express 9500GT (audio production PC - studio work, occasionally FE).

Both are working great with vdpau, so long as you disable composite effect in your WM (really no big deal) to avoid some tearing effect on the picture.

The mobo with the 9300 chip is an ASUS P5N7A-VM. It does not have a PCI express slot (in case you need one, that's not the right mobo). My tuner card is a Technisat CableStar HD2 (DVB-C) and I am quite satisfied with it.

The only issue I have with the mobo is that it does not resume from S3 properly. It actually powers off when you press the power button while the PC is sleeping (S3 state). I am not the only one reporting this issue. But I can live with that for now.


--- On Mon, 11/23/09, David L <idht4n at gmail.com> wrote:

> From: David L <idht4n at gmail.com>
> Subject: [mythtv-users] help picking FE/BE components
> To: "Discussion about mythtv" <mythtv-users at mythtv.org>
> Date: Monday, November 23, 2009, 1:47 AM
> Hi,
> I'm new to mythtv and about to build my first system. 
> A frontend/backend
> system that I will also use when I work from home for
> compiling,
> running matlab etc, so I want more horsepower than myth
> alone would
> probably require.  Here's what I've tentatively picked
> so far:
> Processor:
> AMD Phenom II 965 Black 3.4 GHz X4
> http://www.frys.com/product/6023518
> Motherboard (this is the one I was least sure about, but
> I'd prefer to buy
> my case,mobo,processor, and ram together at a local
> brick&mortar shop,
> and this is one I found on Fry's web site as being
> compatible with Phenom II)
> Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5
> AMD 790FX + SB750 Chipset
> http://www.frys.com/product/5842583  ($49)
> or
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128377&Tpk=MA790FXT
> ($179???)
> (I must be missing something... why is NewEgg 3x the
> price?  Are these
> different motherboards with very similar part
> numbers?  If so, is the cheap
> Fry's one good enough?)
> Memory:
> Corsair 4GB DDR3 1600MHz PC3-12800
> http://www.frys.com/product/6009088
> Video Card (I really have no clue here... I just googled
> "mythtv best vdpau" and
> found a thread that recommended this one):
> SPARKLE SFPC84GS512U2LP GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 64-bit GDDR2
> Ready Video Card
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814187042
> Hard drives:
> 2 of these (one for OS, one for video)
> Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB
> Cache SATA
> 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073
> Capture:
> HD Homerun
> OTA and/or Cable
> Case:
> I haven't picked one yet... thought I just get a
> recommendation at Fry's.
> Now that I say it, that sounds kind of scary. 
> Anything I should look out
> for?
> Does this system look like something that will work well
> with mythtv?
> I plan to use Mythbuntu if that makes any difference
> although I could
> be convinced to try something else.
> Thanks,
>               David
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