Big thanks for the really informative and precise answer. Just amazing and cool that people do care and invest their valuable time to help strangers
The suggestions are really good and guide me almost to the end. Biggest problem is that I live in Europe and thus can't get my hands on all the exact suggested parts or the prices are not so good. That's a well known fact that in terms of technical parts availability and prices we are somewhat "disabled" here in Europe... So I have to make some adjustments and find replacements for some parts.Q1:
I generally don't like the idea of running X and a GUI on server machines, but it seems a reasonable compromise if I don't want to invest into a lot of different machines + host them all at home.Q2: "The Server"Recording cards:
Will go with 2 Hauppauge PVR-150 cards. Here in EU we have mostly PAL instead of NTSC, but appropriate cards are available on eBay
With DVB-T the "Hauppauge WinTV Nova-T 500 DVB-T PCI Dual
" seems to be a popular and affordable choice.CPU:
If I use the server also as one of the frontends, then the choice here also comes down to A6 X4 vs A8 X4. The price difference is not that big, but in the same time nor is the extra cost for nVidia card. The main difference between these CPU's is the graphics part. So maybe it's smarter to get hte A6 X4 + nVidia card instead (this combo would cost me around ~30$ more then A8 X4)?
Since the price difference is not that big, I'm leaning towards the A8 X4.Case & PSU:
Since it's located in another room there are no limitations to the noise level and visual design. Probably just a random cheaper case with a 500W PSU will do?
Something like this
I guess the only limitations are the CPU socket and need for 3 PCI slots for recording cards. This means though that your suggested "GA-A55M-DS2 Socket FM1 A55 mATX AMD" doesn't fit as it only has 1 PCI slot.Any suggestions which manufacturer/model to favor and which ones to stay away from?
Had a quick look what's available locally:
* the cheapest one (~80$) - Asus Socket FM1 F1A55
* something similar to what you suggested (~95$) - Gigabyte Socket FM1 GA-A75-D3H
* and another option (~95$) - ASRock Socket FM1 A75 PRO4Memory:
I can get the G.skill 2x2GB for the same price here so will probably take them. Only difference is that you suggested F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT
, but I can get F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS
. The difference in description is that the first one is "Dual Channel Kit", but as far as I could read up, there is no real difference in those 2 options.OS drive:What could be the benefit of using a SDHC card over SSD?
Since noise is not an issue in current case then I could easily go with a 2.5" or even a 3.5" drive. Since the server is anyway always running and there is no quick bootup needed it could be OK? Or should I still go with a SSD?Hard drives:
I can get the "SAMSUNG HD204UI 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"" almost the same price here. So I just have to calculate a bit how many do I need them.GPU:
Let's first try without a separate GPU card as you suggested.Keyboard:
I've had Logitech K400 on my mind for some time.Optical drive:
Guess I won't even include it to this machine (this "server" will be located in a hard to access place anyway).Q3: "The Frontend"
As I said above my main frontend will be located in the server. So now only remain the "companion" screens with their frontends. Actually I'm not in a real hurry with those until my main TV shows the real thing
Still there are 1-2 screens that I'd eventually like to hook up to the same MythTV ecosystem. Actually my first question at this point would be: is it completely hopeless to use a complete prefabricated HTPC box as MythTV frontend?
There are tens of ready made HTPC boxes on the market with nice looks and different capabilities.Regards,