Re: Mythbuntu box recomendations
I run a P4 2.4 ghz processor with 1GB of ram with an Nvidia 6200 graphics card. So it's pretty similar to yours.
I am able to watch HD with this box. I can even watch a recording while the tuner is recording another show. What makes the biggest difference for this computer is (so far as I can tell) is that I have Xvmc enabled in the playback section of Mythtv's frontend setup. I've been relatively happy with this box so far.
For my tuner I use a pcHDTV HD-5500. I use it purely for HD but from what I've read it can also be used for standard def tv as well. One drawback to this card is that you're stuck with a linux based distro. I couldn't just switch to windows mce if I wanted to.
I would not expect this computer to be able to handle two tuners. As mentioned in the Mythtv wiki somewhere it's recommended an extra 1ghz of processing power for any additional tuner cards. I may be wrong in that regard though.
Also, with a 160 GB hard drive, it's going to fill up pretty quick. You can anticipate about 7.5 GB per 1 hour of HD recording. It fills up quick. There is a way to transcode recordings so that they take up less space on your hard drive but I have not put this feature to the test on my machine.
Last edited by Meph1st0; November 2nd, 2007 at 11:36 PM.
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