[mythtv-users] Yet another noobie sanity check ;-)
tait at digitallaw.co.uk
Mon Jul 5 05:23:08 EDT 2004
>Case Asus Aria
Personally, I'd go for a different case. I expect there's a lot of people
here who have and like this case, but the reviews I have read say the case
gets uncomfortably hot. Plus it has one of the dreaded proprietary PSU's
which cost an utter fortune to replace. You can get much roomier (although
unfortunately bigger) mATX cases that accept normal ATX PSU's. If size
isn't an issue, you're OK. Be warned that the PVR cards kick out *alot* of
>CPU AMD Athlon XP2000+ (1.67GHz) Thoroughbred Retail
If you're not going to do anything really intensive, you can easily get
away with a Duron. I'm assuming you can't get any lower-powered Athlons.
>256 Mb Samsung 256Mb DDR333 PC2700
I *really* would go for 512MB. In the UK at least, it's not an awful lot
more than 256MB, and gives a colossal speed increase on modern (i.e. bloaty
>CPU Cooler ?? Something quiet
The stock AMD coolers can be made very quiet if you take off the 60mm fan,
throw on a £3 adapter, mount an 80mm on it and run that at 7V.
>Sound card (5.1 min) inc (motherboard)
Argh! It'd be nice if you could get yourself a Soundblaster Live or Audigy,
but then I'm biased - had bad experiences with onboard sound before.
>DVD super drive (DVD +-RW,CDRW) LG 4082B OEM WHT
Do you really need a CD writer if you're trying to save cashish? Combo
drives are pretty expensive here, whereas you can get an easily
region-unlockable quiet DVD-ROM for about £22. I like the MSI ones, cos
they're cheap as chips and are simply rebranded Pioneer drives, and I've
never had a problem with Pioneer DVD drives yet, touch wood! (Plays sad
lament for his first CD writer, an 8x TEAC, which died horrifically this
>5) how much space is needed for the system? I'm hoping to install a small
>HD with just the system on it. I have a few *old* drives, maybe 1.6G - 3G
>lying around... is that enough? I'm probably dreaming, but I'd like not to
>have to buy a 40G just for the system.
You should be OK with your 3G as long as you don't use a big desktop
environment (KDE and GNOME are prolly right out) and install a minimal
window manager like xfce or one of the *boxes. I use fluxbox, / is about
47MB, /usr is 2.53GB (this is a gentoo install, so lots of source code in
here) and /var is 220MB.
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