As an addendum to part 1 of my MythTV series, here is the cost (excluding tax and shipping) for each of the components in my system, from when I ordered the parts in late April and early May of this year. (The percentages do not add up to 100% due to rounding.)
|($)||(%) of total|
|HD capture card||Two pcHDTV HD-3000 cards*||$320.00||26%|
|Power supply||Seasonic S12-330W||$52.95||4%|
|Mainboard||MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum||$137.00||11%|
|CPU||AMD Athlon64 3200+ (Winchester)***||$195.00||16%|
|RAM||1 GB PC-3200 (DDR) Kingston ValueRAM||$95.00||8%|
|Hard disk||120 GB Samsung SpinPoint||$85.00||7%|
|Video card||Giga-byte GeForce FX 5200 8xAGP TV-Out||$52.00||4%|
|Optical drive||Toshiba SD-R5372 dual-layer DVD burner (IDE)||$49.99||4%|
|IR receiver||Home Electronics IRA-3||$23.63||2%|
* The price of the capture cards reflects a volume discount for the purchase of five, since I shared a purchase with other interested hobbyists to take advantage of a volume discount.
** I ordered the case from pcalchemy.com. The price of the case includes a bottom case fan that was so noisy I tossed it out, and a front-panel IO module.
*** As a comment to the article notes, a Venice core running at comparable speed would only be $145.
The biggest chunk of money is the outlay for dual tuners, a luxury I use only once or twice a week. I also spent significantly more on the case than necessary to get a case that would look good with all my other A/V equipment. It’s definitely possible to build a perfectly functional system for significantly less money. Naturally, the prices of many of the components have fallen by now, and you should be able to get an even better deal.