Wow! That's great. I'll have to think over if I need SB CPU then. Maybe, if I want to record DVB stuff on hard drive, I'll need also a powerful CPU.
Originally Posted by deanjo
You shouldn't need a powerful cpu for that as DVB recordings are just a straight stream dump. If you are going to transcode the stream then you may want a beefy CPU.
Originally Posted by blender
My HTPC build is rocking a dual core wolfdale celeron overclocked to around 3.5 ghz, a gt240 ddr3, a 60gb ssd root drive, a hvr2250 + an hvr1600, and 5.something TB of zfs raidz networked storage. I run a fairly tweaked version of myth 0.24. It's more than powerful enough for any sane use of an HTPC (even plays most gamecube/some wii games full speed via dolphin).
The Apevia X-Cube cases (if they're still being sold) are fairly affordable and I've had great luck with mine. When I decided to go overboard with the raidz I upgraded to a big thermaltake PSU, but the PSU that came with the Apevia case had worked for me for 4 or 5 years 24/7.
Last edited by psycho_driver; 07-11-2011 at 09:46 PM.
I need to look into doing some kind of ZFS-style NAS myself.
I almost forgot, that I should check whether the integrated sound chips of common 1155 mobos
work under Ubuntu. Asus P8H61 B3 has ALC 887. Any problems here?
I was also considering, if I should buy only slightly more expensive DH67CLB3 with sata III support. However, this MB uses ALC 892 sound chip, and google results on this imply problems.
I went through this whole process with my new MythTV backend and my final conclusion was that it would spend most of the time idle where the power consumption was very low anyway, so I went with the i5-2400 instead of the 2300S low-power version that was 20% slower and $20 more.
Originally Posted by blender
That said, the i5 is probably overkill because I rarely see more than two cores maxed out when recording (transcoding broadcast HD to H264).
I finally got the HTPC built of the following components
Intel DH67CLB3 board
Intel core i3 2100
4 Gb DDR3 1333
I ran some videos on xbmc with vdpau enabled. The 720p ones ran ok but 1080p was practically unwatchable.
I used the restricted nvidia driver 170.41.06.
When I run the same video on my desktop with GTX260 and driver 280.13 the playback is smooth. Of cource
this is a lot more powerful card, but I thought the vdpau on GT520 should be capable of pushing 1080p.
Your driver does not exist. Did you check with "o" if vdpau was really used? Btw. nv is 280.13 officially now...
I meant to say 270.41.06.
Originally Posted by Kano
By pressing 'o' the info says "dc:ff-h264_vdpau-vdpau" and cpu percentages are below 5. Quick google on 280.13
gave that some people get system hangs. What is the best way to install the latest nv driver nowdays?
BTW I'm running Ubuntu 11.04.
Last edited by blender; 08-10-2011 at 02:58 PM.
Well according to anandtech gt430 is better for htpc: