[mythtv-users] Best front-end machine?
seven at seven.dorksville.net
Sun Sep 4 22:31:03 UTC 2011
On 2 September 2011 23:19, Tom Bongiorno <two.bits.11 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 2:49 AM, Raymond Wagner <raymond at wagnerrp.com>
> > On 9/2/2011 02:16, john.baab at gmail.com wrote:
> >> There are some pre-built ion boxes too, which generally have smaller
> >> cases but don't give you the flexibility of building your own.
> > Pre-built or not, Atom-based systems have zero flexibility. The CPU
> > does not have enough power to do anything of interest, multimedia
> > related, so you're stuck with whatever the capabilities of your hardware
> > decoder (VDPAU) are. If you know exactly what you want your frontend to
> > be capable of, and you know all that is supported by VDPAU, and you have
> > no desire for future expansion, then an ION system will work fine. If
> > you want a good, flexible frontend, then you want something with a real
> > processor.
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> I agree it is important to consider Raymond's points when selecting
> hardware. I fall on the side of cheap, small, and quiet. My last two
> builds cost me just over $200. I have been using Zotac IONITX and
> ZBOX products with much success. I have switched to ION2 also, and
> the have purchased ZBOX HD-ID11-U models for my last two builds, but
> would consider the HD-ID40-U model as well.
> Remotes are personal preference, but I listed mine below. I basically
> use the receiver only and programmable macro based JP1 remotes, but
> that is a different topic.
> System (~$200):
> Zotac ZBOX HD-ID11-U
> Zotac ZBOX HD-ID40-U
> RAM (~$10-$15):
> Kingston ValueRAM 1GB 800MHz PC2-6400 DDR2 CL5 SODIMM Notebook Memory
> Storage (~$10):
> Transcend 8 GB Class 10 SDHC Flash Memory Card TS8GSDHC10E
> Remote (~$5-$10):
> XBox DVD Remote/Receiver
are the zbox power supply's 110-240v or 110v only?
I've found the zbox hardware is alot pricer in AU and have turned my eyes to
ebay but have been holing off on the uncertanties on the power supply's.
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