[mythtv-users] Comments sought on combined FE/BE box spec

Michael PARKER michael.parker at st.com
Tue Feb 2 13:47:23 UTC 2010


I'm a newbie to Myth and, having developed an idea of the functionality available using an old 500MHz P3, I'm trying to spec out a combined FE/BE HTPC. 

I'm aiming for something quiet and relatively low power, but with enough horsepower for HD decode/BluRay playback. As far as is possible, I'm looking for something that won't require significant upgrades for a good few years.

Having trawled around the net for similar spec HTPCs, I've settled on the following spec. 

The uATX form factor dictates a max of 2 PCI slots - needed for a wireless card and the HVR-4000 tuner card.

CPU:		AMD Athlon II X4 605e Energy Efficient Quad Core, S AM3, 2.3GHz, 2MB Cache, 45W
RAM:		Crucial DDR2-1066/PC2-8500 2x2GB
PCI1:		D-Link AirPlus Xtreme G DWL G520
PCI2:		Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-4000
HDD:		2TB Samsung HD203WI Spinpoint F3EG, EcoGreen, SATA 3Gb/s, 32MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ
CASE:		Antec Fusion Remote Black
PSU:		385W Enermax PRO82+ EPR385AWT
FAN:		Scythe Shuriken Rev.B Quiet Low Profile 
OPTICAL:	Samsung SH-B083L/BSBP Blu-Ray Combo Player 8x BD-ROM, 16x DVD-ROM, 48x CD-ROM Read, LightScribe, OEM


Before committing to purchase any of the above, I'd *really* appreciate some informed feedback. 

Many thanks in advance,


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