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    Hi

    I would like to build a MythTV Box and this is what i have in mind :

    AMD ATHLON64 X2 BE2350 2.10G/2000/1M/AM2 45W
    SCYTHE NINJA REV.B PLUS
    TF7050-M2 biostar
    kingston 2*512m 800mhz
    WinTV-PVR-500
    CASE FAN 120MM SILENX 58CFM 14DBA
    ZALMAN FAN MATE 2
    DVD+/-RW SAMSUNG SH-S183L SATA LS 18/18 OEM
    SATA2 320.0 W.D 7200 16M WD3200AAKS
    ATX ANTEC NSK3480 NOIR/ARG 380W

    Any advise ?

  • #2
    Hi,

    What motherboard and graphics card do you plan on using?
    Michael Larabel
    http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Michael View Post
      Hi,

      What motherboard and graphics card do you plan on using?
      It appears like hes using the BIOSTAR TForce TF7050-M2 AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 7050PV HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard.

      So the graphics hes probably using is the intergrated 7050PV. Which as of recently, nVidia put 7050 support into their driver recently so it should work with their newest drivers. The motherboard works in Linux from what i've read as well.

      Looks like a solid choice to me.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Malikith View Post
        It appears like hes using the BIOSTAR TForce TF7050-M2 AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 7050PV HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard..
        Oops, it's been a long day with the driver activity and all
        Michael Larabel
        http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Michael View Post
          Oops, it's been a long day with the driver activity and all
          Yep, you've been on a roll lately haha. Its funny how things go from normal to super busy so quickly.

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          • #6
            also looking at building a myth / media box

            Hi am also looking at building a mythbox.
            Have maybe done too much or the wrong type of research as I am contemplating a million options at the moment .

            The key things I want to achieve are

            * display in the htpc case that is fully functional with myth/media applications
            o this also means that if I am working without TV/screen on I would want to see the radio station being played, the cd track being played, etc
            o alternatively a small touchscreen but prefer the above
            * remote that controls the box
            * hotkeys on the case that allow operation of cd mode etc
            * ability to play h264 video
            * high def output
            * QUIET!

            If the operation cannot be done without having to turn the TV on, than the whole thing is going to fissle. Obviously minimising energy consumption is a must, so the current things I have in mind are similar to the first post:
            Amd x2 BE model
            Mirco ATX mainboard, favouring AMD chipset (see tomshardware for power info)
            2gb ram
            1 sata hd
            1 dvd-burner
            1 dual tv tuner
            Optional 1 dab radio tuner

            So where am I stumbling at the moment: the case

            I have read so many reviews, seen so many webpages I am clueless what case to get.

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            • #7
              bump anybody got any ideas how to solve my case problem?

              also had another look at power supply, currently my DVB-T tuner draws about 7Watt on Standby so that should be comparable, a low powered system will not be able to beat my individual components (like DVB-T tuner or dvd player), probably going to be 20Watts more consumption I guess, any ideas for that welcome

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              • #8
                Why not make one by your own ?

                This kind of media box is very expensive, and not really better than a small htpc like you said.

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                • #9
                  What's the name of your favorite distribution?
                  Have you tried MythTV before?

                  I plan to try www.mythbuntu.org
                  its look easy and lightweight.

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                  • #10
                    I have mythTV on debian, it's ok... but I think it's possible to have sexier...

                    Look at http://elisa.fuendo.com, this project seems pretty cool.

                    There is also Rage, but it's not as complete as other media center.

                    There is an other project based on EFL like Rage : Enna (http://www.digital-corner.org/index.php?id=66)

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                    • #11
                      yip I know and have installed mythbuntu / mythtv before, for my question is really aiming at the actual case.

                      what case / display can you recommend? why am I asking this because I do not want to turn on the TV just to listen to the radio or playback a cd or playback a music file from the HD, so the display should ideally be able to handle that -- at least be useable for radio (if via tv-tuner card thats fine) and CD playback.

                      So minimum display functionality is
                      cd track, timer kind of thing
                      station tuned to

                      not sure about buying a case with a touchscreen as they seem to be very bulky and even more expensive

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                      • #12
                        I'm about to throw one together with a Thermaltake Mozart SX case. I haven't gotten all the parts yet, but first impression says that it's a decent case. The VFD included is an iMon and is supported by LCDProc and LIRC, so it seems promising.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by David View Post
                          I'm about to throw one together with a Thermaltake Mozart SX case. I haven't gotten all the parts yet, but first impression says that it's a decent case. The VFD included is an iMon and is supported by LCDProc and LIRC, so it seems promising.
                          and any news on this?

                          also anybody got any insight into which chipset to use for my requirements?

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                          • #14
                            All,

                            have been searching and searching and am also falling back on the Biostar Mobo. One of the key things that I have noticed is that the Biostar has an SVIDEO out on the back panel.
                            I currently do not have an HD TV and this would allow me to use and unconverted picture on my regular tv.
                            Has anybody used the svideo out? If it works like on my laptop with a geforce 6150 that would be great

                            Alternatives would be with an ATI chipset - for instance Biostar TA690G AM2 - has anybody tried this chipset?

                            How have you got on with the thermaltake mozart sx case?

                            also am considering getting a nightjar silent psu and using a 2.5" HD to reduce noise and heat, what do people think, will it be possible to run with only cpu fan, in this setup?

                            thx

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Cuppa-Chino View Post
                              All,

                              have been searching and searching and am also falling back on the Biostar Mobo. One of the key things that I have noticed is that the Biostar has an SVIDEO out on the back panel.
                              I currently do not have an HD TV and this would allow me to use and unconverted picture on my regular tv.
                              Has anybody used the svideo out? If it works like on my laptop with a geforce 6150 that would be great
                              Yeah, it should work fine like that.
                              Michael Larabel
                              http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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