Okay, i'm starting to re-vist setting up an HTPC. I'm not tied to MythTV (yet).
What I want.
A simple HD OTA DVR, two tuners, dolby digital 5.1. Eventually two rooms. AND must pass the wife and kids tests. I want stability and quality. output in 1080 on a 55".
I'm thinking of a mythTV separate fronts and backend.
I'm getting (so far)
Zotac MAG HD-ND01 for a front end
SiliconDust HDHomeRun Network-based Dual Digital HDTV Tuner Ethernet Interface for the decoder
My thought is that the HDHomerun will be the most versatile for my needs and the Zotac will be pretty decent for a frontend.
I guess I'm not sure of what questions I need to ask. The hardware isnt here yet but i'll try.
1) what would make a decent backend? I have a Intel® Desktop Board D845GEBV2 with an Intel P4 2.66 processor. I can upgrade it to 2G memory (it has 512mb currently). it only has a 100mb lan and IDE. I could add eSATA and fast drives perhaps. Would it be worth going down this road or should I consider starting with something better for my backend? if I stayed with this I would be adding gbit ethernet, sata controller, RAM and storage ($20+$50+$73+$150=~$300 to upgrade)
2) will the HDHomerun with the Zotac give me any capabilities without a Myth backend? In other words, could I do the front/back on the zotac for a while?
3) Should I be looking at something else beyond MythTV? I would buy a moxi if it supported OTA HD. I dont want the fees of a Tivo. the DishDTVPAL seems limited.
If i'm missing something please let me know.
Thanks in advance!