newbie needing help
Posted 12 June 2005 - 11:44 PM
Posted 13 June 2005 - 07:29 PM
here is an older article that gives you some idea of what its about though. note that the hardware doesnt need to be nearly as powerful.
I want to build one of these someday. its one of those projects thats "on the list..."
EDIT- heres a good how to, very recent.
Edited by audioboy, 13 June 2005 - 07:39 PM.
Posted 13 June 2005 - 09:16 PM
Posted 14 June 2005 - 07:45 AM
So do you basically want a barebones sysytem with a semi descent graphics card. they are actually pretty cheap to buy.
Posted 14 June 2005 - 08:42 AM
Posted 14 June 2005 - 09:10 AM
look at some of these you probably arent british as peolpe generally arent here so check out the specs and then check the prices on whatever sites you like.
They are pretty handy pcs, the same features usually as a normal pc but in a smaller lighter box (cheaper as well most of the time). They also usually come with alot of OS independant functions like audio, and video options like a hifi or dvd player. They run a normal OS and you can do what you want on it just like a normal pc, they dont look out of place in the living room either.
Seems to be the kind of thing you want to start with. Check out the shuttle on the new ATI 200 board decent onboard graphics and sound are included, which means you just buy cpu and ram and its ready to go.
Posted 14 June 2005 - 01:53 PM
this should give you a good idea of whats involved, whichever way you want to go.
Posted 14 June 2005 - 11:28 PM
Posted 15 June 2005 - 01:54 PM
have yu decided which way you want to go software wise?
Posted 15 June 2005 - 10:06 PM
Posted 15 June 2005 - 10:27 PM
the linux learning curve is the reason I havent gotten into yet either. part of the appeal of mythtv is that there are full builds available, to avoid the "get this part, then this part, then this part..." that used to be the case. like I said, someday...
actually, come to think of it, check out the ATI all in wonder series of cards. I have couple friends that use them, and they come bundled with PVR software, etc. might be the easiest way to go. go to ATI.com and check it out, they are pretty good about descriptions.
Posted 15 June 2005 - 11:49 PM
Kloss KL-I915A P4 LGA775 Prescott Mini Barebone System $320
Hauppauge 980 PCI Interface TV Tuner Card $140
Logitech Z-5500 Speaker System $260
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Sound Card $160
Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 250GB 3.5" Serial ATA150 Hard Drive $130
pqi POWER Series 1GB ddr sdram $ 81
NEC Black IDE DVD Burner 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 4X $ 48
total = 1139
Well i might make some cut backs but that is what looks like would be ideal i dunno if i want to spend that much though opinions please and ideas on how to cut back?
Posted 16 June 2005 - 05:27 AM
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