[mythtv-users] Motherboard / Video Card / Intel GMA X4500HD recommendations?
travis at tabbal.net
Mon Feb 22 16:56:37 UTC 2010
On Sun, Feb 21, 2010 at 11:38 AM, Dan Armbrust <
daniel.armbrust.list at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm looking to dip my toes into the MythTV world, and would like some
> feedback from the veterans.
> Looking at Motherboard / video card choices - My current TV requires a
> DVI connection for high-quality output. I'm sure my next TV will do
> HDMI. So I want both of those. I want to do audio to my surround
> sound system with an optical toslink connection, thought I could do a
> analog cable there.
Personally, the only video I will use with Myth right now is Nvidia. Their
stuff just works better in Linux, and VDPAU makes things even better.
Onboard is fine, I have one board with an integrated 8200 GPU and it does a
great job. Keep in mind that HDMI and DVI are the same as far as video is
concerned. HDMI can send sound as well, that's the only difference. And I
understand DVI can do it as well, but hardware and driver support is tricky.
HDMI/DVI converters are cheap and widely available, check monoprice.com. So
that will help some with your situation. How about this one?
DVI, VGA, and HDMI ports, Optical TOSLink, and analog audio. I use one for
my bedroom frontend and it works great. If you're going to use it as a
combined FE/BE machine, it also has 5 SATA ports, so you can put lots of
drives in there if you ever want to. For the backend, remember to get a
second HDD/SDD for the OS and database to live on. Sharing the recordings
and OS/DB causes people problems, too much seeking. I used an old IDE 40GB
drive for the OS/DB and it helped a ton. I've also used a USB stick, others
have used CF cards with IDE or SATA adapters, lots of options.
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