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If I want the ability to transcode 4x HD DVB-T/S streams at the same time as I'm viewing one or two using the system outlined below...

Could I get away with doing all transcoding in software with minimal performance degradation & quality compromises?


How does one go about calculating for themselves?


Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6

Antec TruePower 3.0 650w

Intel E6420 2.13Ghz ----------------------- [Core2Duo;Conroe]

Generic 1GB DDR2-800 (PC6400) -------- [Will upgrade to 4GB+]

DNTV Live QuattroS Dual-Hybrid DVB-T/S [This will be replaced with something linux compatible]

Asus EN8600GTS 256MB DDR3 ----------- [HDCP]

The following SATA 1.5/2 drives:

-1x 1TB WD Caviar Black

-1x 250GB Seagate ------------------------ [I think? YTBD]

-1x 150GB WD Raptor

-1x 74GB WD Raptor


Cards that do analogue capture but without on-board encoding sound more ideal:
http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Video_cap...Types_of_cards


If the config. above is far too weak then I'll just have to be less ambitious...

The PVR componant will move into a VM on a bare-metal hypervisor server later-on anyway, this will be a much more powerful system.


Advice/knowledge greatly appreciated!


Cheers
 
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