[mythtv-users] For HD Myth users, what is/was your cost?

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Tue Nov 24 18:11:44 UTC 2009

On Tuesday 24 November 2009 11:03:59 Steve Peters - Priority Electronics 
> Yeechang Lee wrote:
> > Jim Morton <Jim at Morton.hrcoxmail.com> says:
> >> I didn't enter into this project trying to save money. I found the
> >> best components I could and then evaluated the price/performance and
> >> generally speaking bought premium stuff. I could probably have
> >> trimmed off quite a bit if I had built an economy system.
> >
> > This is the key. Making "save money" the priority when building a
> > MythTV setup usually results in spending more money down the road than
> > otherwise, from dissatisfaction with the results.
> > (<URL:http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/mythtv/users/176328#176328>)
> > Seek quality at a reasonable price and you will get quality results.
> >
> > The converse holds true as well. You are welcome to build a MythTV box
> > out of the junk in your closet and, if it meets your needs,
> > congratulations. But in this day and age of $30 VDPAU video cards and
> > $200 Ion+VDPAU frontends there is no excuse to do so and then complain
> > to the list that HD playback isn't perfect.
> Well, if you want to start out super cheap, there is a deal today for an
> atom board and cpu along with an nvidia 8400 256mb for $72 after rebate
> at newegg:
> http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1690995
> This might be a good deal to get your feet wet. If it's not powerful
> enough for you, you could always use it as a nice little frontend.

Will a 256 MB video card allow the use of the "better" de-interlacers? I know 
that when VDPAU was first available you needed more RAM, but the more recent 
drivers may have eliminated that requirement.

Brian Wood
beww at beww.org

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