[mythtv-users] core 2 duo mobile or athlon 64 x2?
beww at beww.org
Fri Feb 9 16:26:57 UTC 2007
On Feb 9, 2007, at 9:09 AM, Steven Adeff wrote:
> If you go Athlon64, definitely get an AM2 socket.
I'm curious why you say that. Granted that it's the "new" AMD
standard if you are going to build a dedicated Myth box I don't see
what you gain over a 939 chip. The ability to use DDR2 RAM would not
seem to improve Myth's performance.
Of course if you are looking at a machine that could perhaps be
upgraded to a quad-processor in the future the AM2 is the way to go,
but perhaps not for a dedicated PVR. DDR1 may also become hard to
find in the future, but assuming you put enough into the machine in
the first place you really shouldn't have to buy any more except in
the case of failure.
AM2 also pretty much means you have to go with a PCI-Express video
card, as I've not seen an AM2 mobo with AGP. A $30 5200 has been
shown to be as good as anything else in a Myth machine, better in
some respects than the later cards (chroma-key for example).
939 and AGP may be old technologies but you can get some incredible
bargains on them because of that, and they work perfectly well.
I suppose it's really a question of philosophy, and what you consider
the optimum price/performance/upgradability ratio. Even if you have
the spare cash it might be better to put it into more storage, a
nicer case, a better remote, extra tuners or a UPS, as opposed to CPU
and graphics power you will never use.
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