Currently, I plan on using MythTV with the latest Knoppmyth. I am going to put a backend in the storage room near where the tv antenna comes in then put my frontend in my bedroom where I want it quiet as possible. I plan on using the HTPC to record OTA Digital, watch Live TV, watch recorded TV, watch DVDs.
I have built a separate frontend and backend on paper and I would very much appreciate your criticism. Most of the backend parts are recycled from a desktop that I built back in the Socket A days.
- Motherboard: ABIT NF-M2
- AM2 MicroATX
- Geforce 6150
- nForce 430
- optical s/pdif in/out
- CPU: Athlon 64 X2 4200+ (2.2 GHz)
- 65w version
- Windsor core
- Video Card: Onboard (Geforce 6150)
- Sound: onboard s/pdif out
- RAM: CORSAIR XMS2 1GB (2 x 512)
- HDD: WD 160GB ATA100 (already own)
- DVD Burner: Pioneer DVR-111D
- Case: Silverstone LC04
- TV: Samsung LN-S3251D (already own)
- HDMI in (I plan on using DVI-HDMI cable)
- Motherboard: Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe (already own)
- CPU: Barton 2600 (already own)
- Video Card: Radeon 9700 pro (already own)
- RAM: Corsair XMS pc2700 (2 x 512) (already own)
- HDD: Seagate 7200.10 500 GB SATA
- DVD Drive (already own)
- Tuner: HDHomerun (already own)
That should cover it.
Is the onboard Geforce 6150 going to be enough to produce the best PQ that MythTV can handle?
Can MythTV produce as good a picture as a Windows system using FFDshow?
I am still a little confused about VMR9 and Overlay and what method MythTV uses. For Windows I have read that the 6150 is limited to 720p before it starts dropping frames in VMR9 using MCE. I think the 6150 should be enough for 1080p with overlay, but I have just now started researching this subject so it isn't real clear right now. My TV is native 720p, max 1080i so 1080p isn't an option currently.
General HTPC question: MY TV is native 720p. Will my HTPC resize every piece of content to 1280x720? Or is it beneficial to change my resolution to 1920 x 1080 30hz when I am watching a channel broadcast in 1080i?
Again, I am a little new to this subject as well. What does MythTV use to upscale DVDs to near HD quality?
Those are just a couple of things on my mind right now. There is much more I could dig up, but I will leave it at that for now. Please review this build and criticize it like you were building it for yourself. I don't want to buy parts then be disappointed because I didn't spend a few extra dollars to get hardware that would do everything I wanted it to.
I know this is pretty long, but I do appreciate anyone that takes the time to read this and give some input.