I had bought a Hauppauge PVR-500 a few months ago with the plan to build a MythTV box. My first attempt at this resulted in a 866MHz PIII with a 10GB hard drive running xubuntu being converted into my first MythTV machine. As you can imagine, the computer was a bit too slow for it to work well and the hard drive was far too small to be useful for recording programs.
I’ve finally gotten around to making a good effort into the myth box, due primarily by this deal on Tiger Direct. The price ($400, plus $24 shipping) was excellent, considering the AMD Athlon FX-60 processor alone is $399 at Tiger Direct, and $525 at Newegg. The Tiger Direct package deal included an OEM Athlon FX-60, Ultra CPU cooler, Ultra V-series 500 watt power supply, Asus A8S-X motherboard, and Ultra X-blaster case. My main desktop machine has an FX-55 chip in it currently, so I stuck the FX-60 into my main machine and am using the FX-55 for the MythTV box. This just leaves me to buy RAM and another hard drive to have a very nice MythTV box. The old MythTV box has been retired, and will most likely spend the rest of its days crunching SETI@home work units. The case that came with the deal is useless to me since I have everything rackmounted… to ebay it goes!
The only snafu with the new FX-60 in my main machine is that my BIOS doesn’t know what processor it is. I have a Asus A8N-SLI mainboard, which supports the chip. Its not a significant issue, as the processor runs the way it’s susposed to, however the BIOS reports it as “AMD Athlon: Model Unknown”. I checked for BIOS updates, but there are none… oh well. Its a lot faster than the FX-55, so I’m pleased with the purchase.
The MythTV install on the new box is great, definitely runs better than with the old PIII machine. Its running on Xubuntu and once I get a bigger hard drive, I’ll reinstall and do a more detailed analysis.