||Building My MythTV Box, Part 1: Hardware|
|Very informative article. I hope may people consider trying this project. The hardware configuration is reasonable, but the price is a bit hard to swallow. Similarly capabable non-HDTV :( DVR is available at significantly lower price. If you are spending $170 for a video card, consider the Hauppauge WinTV-PVR 350 card, which contains hardware-based MPEG enconder and decoder. There some subtle difference in operation with hardware-based MPEG encoder versus CPU-based software encoding, but the CPU is hardly taxed. A significantly slower CPU PC can be used, greatly reducing the cost and generated heat (allowing passive cooling). Many people, including myself, have built a complete system with PIII as slow as 500MHz, and it works very well. My cost was roughly $230 (for the PVR350 and larger HDD), not including $50-80 (market value) of the old PC I already had laying around. On the otherhand, I have not done a side-by-side comparison between my $230 implementation and a $1000 version.|
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