[mythtv-users] Cost of MythTV Machines
johnbiundo at sbcglobal.net
Mon Jan 23 05:30:38 UTC 2006
Brian Wood wrote:
> With some recent discussion here about CPUs and costs I wonder what
> the "average" cost of a MythTV machine might be.
I bet this is the most common question for those considering jumping
into mythtv. I certainly wondered, and found it hard to really pin down
what an adequate machine would be. I ended up establishing a budget,
which I thought was a bit on the generous side, and just purchasing to
that budget (well, going over a *little* ;-).
I ended up spending around $850 including shipping and tax for all-new
components. My system has an AMD64 3200+ (venice core), Asus A8N-E
mobo, Antec Overture II, PVR-150, GeForce 5200 video card, 512MB Ram,
200GB Seagate Sata drive. I figured for an extra $100, I'd buy in the
sweet spot for CPUs, which was the biggest cost driver (I could have
saved around $100 for a cheaper but adequate CPU and corresponding
mobo). Hard to figure how I could have saved much more than that on new
components (maybe another $25 on a cheaper disk drive, but c'mon!). All
this was from newegg, which was within +/- 5% of the lowest on-line cost
I'm generally happy with it, though the Overture is noisier than I
wanted (which I would have seen if I'd done more research on it; I'm
still hopeful of being able to quiet it when I finally turn my attention
there). I'm also having an oddball problem which may still turn out to
be hardware related, so I'm not 100% ready to recommend this combination
Anyway, I wanted to say that this topic is probably extremely valuable
for newcomers, and hopefully is something that can get folded into the
wiki (I know there's been a lot of recent talk about "personal
profiles", and this data would fit nicely. I know there's a mythtv
hardware database out there, and it's an OK resource, but it's missing
pricing information, and doesn't seem to be all that active/current.
Just my .02.
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