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  • jalyst
    started a topic config ideas for MythBE/NAS + Myth/XBMC/Boxee FE

    config ideas for MythBE/NAS + Myth/XBMC/Boxee FE

    Myth Back-end + NAS (already own the parts; cept 3x 1/1.5TB HDD)
    This machine will do all video capturing/transcoding.
    It will also be the Backup Server/NAS....

    1x Old Lian-Li midi-Tower or Chen Mei FT
    1x Gigabyte 8600GTS .................................... [take transcoding load off CPU w/VDPAU or is this def. not doable?]
    1x Hauppauge HVR-2200 .................................. [may eventually add a 2nd one]
    1x GA-P35-DQ6 (ATX form-factor)
    1x TWIN2X4096-8500C5DF ................................. [2x2GB DDR2 1066; 4GB enough?]
    1x Core2Duo (conroe) E6420 2.13Ghz ..................... [may underclock/volt slightly?]
    1x Antec True Power 3.0 650W ........................... [Less wattage possible?]
    Storage Sub-sys:
    1x 1TB WD Black ........................................ [video capture disk, can it handle 4 simultaneous HD streams?]
    1x 150GB 10k RPM Raptor ................................. [boot/system volume?]
    3x 1/1.5TB 7.2k RPM HDD ....................... [For content storage & BU, may not bother w/RAID till get hw controller?]

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    Myth/XBMC Front-end (don't have the parts; cept where mentioned)
    This will be the media player & MAME PC...
    Later (6mth) I'll buy a top-end GPU that'll be swapped-in sometimes for gaming.

    1x mATX H57 or Q57 mobo. ......... [make/model?]
    1x Intel Core i3 530
    2x DDR3 1GB ...................... [make/model?]
    1x 30GB SSD or USB Flash*? + 74GB 10k RPM Raptor? (for local storage; already own)
    OR
    1x 1TB WD Black or Samsung F3? [innermost sectors -20GB?- for OS, outermost for local storage]
    1x Xonar Essence ST (PCI; already own)
    1x H6 (Essence daughterboard; already own)
    1x PSU ................................ [perhaps BE PSU is best here if I intend to use strong GPU sometimes; make/model?]
    1x Case ............................... [make/model?]
    1x nV GT220 ....................... [only if IGP+CPU not enough; make/model?]

    For the back-end I was thinking of doing a minimal Ubuntu install & only adding what is needed.
    For the front-end I was thinking of starting the same way and gradually adding MythTVFE, XBMC, and maybe a lightweight DE like crunchbang etc.
    Interested in peoples thoughts on what I'm missing hardware or software wise or just some general advice.
    Thanks!
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    discarded:
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    74GB 10k RPM Raptor ....................... [very old -not used much- slightly damaged connector so connection always a bit loose]
    *4GB USB flash ................................ [aside from the fact that 4GB is too small, is USB flash too much of a poor alt to SSD?]
    80GB 7.2k HDD, make/model YTBD.
    Last edited by jalyst; 01-24-2010, 01:22 PM.

  • jalyst
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    Meh don't think I'll share....
    Good-luck anyone with similar projects, adios.

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  • jalyst
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    Almost have a completed product (it's a doozey)
    "May" post a build log, but in a new thread I think.

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  • jalyst
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    Kano/Anyone? Thanks.
    Will start a build log soon, probably not on this forum but will link to it from here.

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  • jalyst
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    What do you mean? Yes digital = all the same, but analogue stage = huge variations in quality.
    There isn't going to be a huge difference in power consumption between the MSI H55M-E33 & the GA-H57M-USB3 though is there?

    Cheers.

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  • Kano
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    DIGITAL = always the same, no need for soundcard. The more extras your board has got the more power it needs. Think about that.

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  • jalyst
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    I really want the soundcard, LT goal is to also to add a digital AMP and essentially make my HTPC the AVR too.

    There isn't going to be a huge difference in power consumption between the MSI H55M-E33 & the GA-H57M-USB3 though is there?
    Price difference will probably be significant though.....

    Actually I have since gone to DDR-1333, forgot to edit my post with the new RAM (doh I cant on this forum now).

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  • Kano
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    I would get something much cheaper, no extra soundcard, no usb 3. Because usally thats lost money, better use eSATA instead of usb 3. Maybe MSI H55M-E33 (mATX). In a review this board did not need much energy in idle mode, so should be a good choice. Also you should use just default ddr3-1333 with 1.5v (at max 1.65v). You should not need to oc the system anyway. Especially when you add a nv card (preferred g210 with passive cooling).

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  • jalyst
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    Can I get some thoughts on this & this please?!!?
    I will post my progress in more detail soon.......

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  • jalyst
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    Thanks I'll keep it in mind!

    What about the hardware components...
    Anything you'd do differently or I'm missing?

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