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

JEDIDIAH jedi at mishnet.org
Tue Nov 24 18:14:59 UTC 2009

On Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 10:03:59AM -0800, Steve Peters - Priority Electronics wrote:
> 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.

...you are probably better off starting with a complete system rather
than messing around with cases and custom cooling gear and whatnot. It
all depends on what your comfort level and experience level is.

   Even if you are fairly comfortable with that stuff, it can still be
a bit of a bother.


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