[mythtv-users] Hardware Suggestion for under $1,000

Clay ctmythtv at pacbell.net
Wed Dec 15 23:30:36 UTC 2010

Brian Wood wrote:
> On Wednesday, December 15, 2010 03:23:25 pm Blake Perdue wrote:
>> I am new to MythTV. I've been doing research to put together a
>> hardware list. I have budgeted $1,000 for this project.
>> While I'm new to MythTV, I've built other systems before, most
>> recently a hackintosh machine.
>> I am having trouble figuring out a good hardware setup for my needs.
>> Details below. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
>> Thanks!
>> -Blake
>> I live in New York City. I am a Time Warner Cable subscriber. I have
>> a Scientific Atlanta cable box that outputs HD and SD channels to
>> our HDTV. What I need is a frontend and backend in one system that
>> can:
>> - record a minimum of 2 HD or SD channels at one time; I would prefer
>> to record 3 or 4 (2 HD plus 1-2 SD) channels at the same time - do
>> commercial flagging
>> - have lots of storage to build up a media library (I'm thinking a
>> RAID array of two 2TB drives) - room to expand the RAID array (so I
>> need a case and motherboard that can handle a RAID array of at least
>> 4 to 8 disks) - a good CPU to also do DVD ripping and other media
>> operations - a bluray drive to play bluray discs
>> - decent video card for HDMI output to an HDTV
>> - have enough RAM and CPU power to last a few years and eventually be
>> the backend for 2-3 front-end systems
>> Thoughts? Do I even need a cable box for this? What CPU/Motherboard
>> and capture card/video card combos do you recommend? Thanks so much!
> Some more or less random thoughts:
> The Wiki has a lot of info on hardware requirements:
> http://www.mythtv.org/wiki  ...

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