Hello all, Im new to the forum and I would like to get thoughts and opinions of some of you experts out there on my idea for a basic HTPC build.
I have an old frankenstien'd HP m7490n PC that I plan on using. It has already been moved to a different case from the stock,but I will probably buy a proper HTPC case. The processor is a Pentium D 940 @ 3.2 GHz. The MOBO is a ASUS P5LP-LE. I believe I have 4GB of RAM installed but I might be wrong. It defiitely has at least 3 though. Im not home or else I would check for sure. For storage, I have a new patriot 32GB SSD that I just got back from Patriot RMA from another build that I want to use for the boot drive and a 320GB standard HD for starage. It also has an Asus Radeon HD 3850 GC with HDMI output ad an old AI HDTV Wonder ard which I will probably end up replacing as it does not do QAM. And of course, a DVD-RW drive which I probably want to upgrade to Blu-Ray. From the HTC, I will be connecting to a surround sound reciever for HDMI switchng and sound of course, and then out to a 50" LCD
This I not real sure of, but I'm leaning to Ubuntu and MythTV, or MythBuntu. I work on UNIX systems as a profession so Im not exactly new to the world of Linux, but I have never put together a full build before.
So out of that do you think I have enough horsepower for 1080p video playback? Any suggestions on OS and video/DVR software? Do any cable card, cards work wth Linux ( I have Comcast)? Any forseen compatbility or diver issues?
Thanks in advance!