[mythtv-users] new PC build that's MythTV compatible

DaveD mythtv at guiplot.com
Mon Nov 2 01:20:19 UTC 2020

On 11/1/20 2:58 PM, James Abernathy wrote:
> Looking for advice on what folks have working in their setup.
> I'm replacing my old Core i7 2700K system that uses an Nvidia GT-1030 
> GFX card. The reasons are other than Mythtv, but I want Mythtv to work 
> just as well as it does today.
> I know the Core i7 10600K is a respectable 6 Core 12 thread CPU and it 
> has Intel GFX. I'm not disappointed with what my GT-1030 is giving me, 
> so I can always put that old card into the new system if the Intel GFX 
> sucks. But then I'm wasting money on GFX I'm not using.
> I've been looking at the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 which is 6/12 core/thread 
> and is very respected. If I get a 500 series motherboard it would also 
> support the 5000 Zen 3 processors when they come out.  I could use my 
> GT-1030 GFX card or add a Radeon RX 570 GFX card and still be cheaper 
> than the Intel Core i7 10600K.system.
> My research says Linux drivers are available for AMD, Nvidia, and 
> Intel so I'm hoping Mythtv would work fine. However, my son says to 
> stay with Radeon if I go Ryzen 5 3600 for gaming software 
> compatibility. (I have no idea why)
> Any opinions on any of this?
> Jim A
I'm using Intel onboard on my I7 main FE/BE as well as a Costco special 
FE.  dmidecode on moth systems shows:

Core(TM) i7-8700 CPU @ 3.20GHz

It's total coincidence that both systems have identical CPUs (my wife 
just came home from Costco one day with a new PC that happened to be 
identical with the new MB/CPU I had just upgraded our MBE/FE to).

I couldn't be more pleased with the way these systems play back 
1080p/i.  I have tried 4K content, just to see if it works, but my 
displays are all 1080p (good news is the onboard Intels scale it 
nicely).  I consider myself an amateur videophile (I used to be a TV 
repairman) so I notice things like poor panning performance, interlace 
lines, etc.  Both systems are a couple of years old, now, but I wanted 
to mention that the Intel onboard works well with Myth, Netflix Xine, 
Mplayer, VLC:  anything I throw it it. Using VAAPI seems to work fine.  
There is a wrapper that emulates VDPAU, but Myth supports VAAPI directly.

For years I dealt with Nvidia add-on cards because I liked they way they 
allowed a dual desktop configuration but KDE stopped supporting that 
configuration so I just tried the onboard Intel on my new system and 
haven't looked back.

Dave D.

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