[mythtv-users] Looking to build my first MythTV box--in search of advice!

Justin Popa tehpopa at gmail.com
Tue Jun 7 23:39:34 UTC 2005


Here are my PERSONAL opinions

1Ghz Proc Minimum(of course this is my personal opinion, I've had lag
spike issues with less)
256+MB is OK
200GB+ will make you happy

I use the PVR-x50 cards, but try using something more openly
supported. As far as remotes go, try using the One-For-All series
remotes, and use the IR reciever on the PVR card(if it had one).

Once again these are all my opinions, good luck! Don't forget to ask
questions here, I never did, but looking through the archives I have
found that I was an idiot for not!

On 6/7/05, Peter Schmitt <pschmitt at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am going to build a MythTV system for the following:
> -PVR (I dont watch TV too much, but this would be nice to have once in a while)
> -playing NES roms
> -playing DVDs
> -local fileserver, local webserver hosting pictures (with Gallery
> http://gallery.sourceforge.net/)
> 
> I am currently in the possession of:
> ATX case
> dell-style motherboard running Pheonix bios
> Pentium 2, 450-mhz processor
> 288mb ram
> GeForce MX 440
> hard drive space isn't a problem. (I currently have a spare 40 Gig and
> I'm willing to move a 200 Gb drive from my main desktop)
> 
> First question:  Will this be powerful enough for what I want?  I'm
> really concerned with horrible performance for the PVR.
> 
> Second question: I know I need some additional hardware.  First things
> that come to my mind are (1) a remote and (2) a TV-tuner.  I dont want
> the most expensive hardware in the world, I just want something that
> will work well with my setup.
> 
> Third question:  Is Debian Testing a decent distro to use for MythTV?
> 
> If it would not be too expensive (i.e. Less than ~300), I would
> consider building a new PC in a mini-ITX case.  Is this possible for >
> 300ish?  If so, what hardware would you recommend?
> 
> Sorry for sounding like such a n00b about this, I bet this list gets
> all sorts of "is my hardware okay?" "what hardware should I get?"
> questions.  I briefly trolled through the archive and didn't find
> anything matching my situation.
> 
> Thanks!
> Pete
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