Originally Posted by moericus
I'm looking to build a fairly simple HTPC/Media Server for my theater setup. I want to use Mythbuntu for the OS/software. I also have a hd pvr for recording.
My research led me to this build:
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor ADX250OCGQBOX
Video Card: POWERCOLOR Go! Green AX5450 512MK3-SH Radeon HD 5450 (Cedar) 512MB 64-bit DDR3 HDCP Ready Video Card
RAM: Kingston ValueRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600)
HDD(Media/RAID): SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
HDD(OS): OCZ Solid2 OCZSSD2-2SLD30G 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive
I'm probably recycling an Antec case and DVD-RW drive. I have a PS3 for bluray, and a Onkyo TrueHD receiver for audio. Eventually I'll build a separate Media server. This is my second ubuntu build and my first htpc build.
Do you think this hardware is compatible? thoughts? advice?
Pros: Booted up 1st try. Everything tested is fully functional (haven't tried everything yet). Complete set of BIOS options for tweaking.
So far, everything has worked out of the box with #! CRUNCHBANG LINUX 9.04 64.
A full compliment of ports to accommodate just about anything.
Since Crunchbang is an Ubuntu fork/superset, there should be no issue with that mobo on Ubuntu 10.04.http://distrowatch.com/table.php?dis...ion=crunchbang
I would recommend using the base Ubuntu 10.04 Gnome, then installing mythbuntu-desktop from Synaptic, per my Ubuntu 9.04 install procedure in the sticky.
Ubuntu/Mythbuntu 10.04 installs even easier than 9.04, with mythbuntu-desktop enabling most things by default you formerly had to enable manually, like the Frontend/backend, plugins, etc.
Just install mythbuntu-desktop in Synaptic, click through the install wizard after the ~250MB download, then set tup the backend per the sticky HOWTO. That's it.
Mythbuntu-desktop installs Xfce by defualt, but it's trivial to switch back to the Gnome desktop if you want to in the System->Admin menu.
Do not use the ATI video card-go for a fanless Nvidia 210/220/240 card for VDPAU and better driver support in general.
Good call on the Samsung hard drive- I've switched to Sammy's from WD and Seagates. I would go 5400rpm for lower power, heat and noise and longer life. Might want to spend extra on a TB notebook 2.5" drive for the same reasons.
Good call on the SSD for the OS drive- I don't know specifics on the OCZ, but I know in the past that SSD's with specific Intel controller chips were preferred among those in the know.
A low cost alternative to an SSD is to simply use a 16GB SDHC/microSDHC card, the fastest you can afford (the highest Class rating). Technically not as fast as a real SSD, but probably fast enough and lower cost. A super small microSDHC reader likehttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...67PTCR447KW9JW
which I bought recently for a notebook OS load, makes the card invisible externally vs a USB stick.