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volenin

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Hi,

I'm thinking of replacing my current Freevo media center build on a very noisy old PC. Before I go off into the deep realms of research, I decided to poke this board for some wisdom and knowledge with regards to the most readily available, LinuxMCE compatible hardware.

Below is a list of requirements and purpose for the system. If you have recently build a system (or set of components) that is close enough to the specs below, please, spare a couple of minutes if you can and send your configuration. Specific model for CPU/RAM/HD is not important - would pick them depending on what other components are.


Purpose:
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1) Hybrid LinuxMCE setup (everything runs on the single box
1.1) would be mostly used for playing back the video
1.2) TV capture would be nice add-on, but not the primary function
2) Host the Torrent client
3) NAS service provider (at least 3x3.5 HD, RAID is not required)


The major components I'm trying to decide on are:
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1) Case (or barebone system model)
2) Video card (if not integrated on the motherboard)
3) Motherboard


The system requirements:
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0) ideally, generic barebone based system, readily available in Canada or at least North America
1) low noise level (will be staying in the living room)
2) at least 2x3.5 slots for SATA HD drives, very desirable - x3-x4 slots
3) the smaller form factor, the better
4) s-video / RCA output (ideally, DVI as well)
5) dual core CPU (AMD or Intel - doesn't matter as long as it's well supported by Ubunutu)
5.1) any compatible audio chipset; though ideally - 5.1 surround
6) 'standard' PVR-150 (?)
7) RAM: at least 2Gb, ideally - 4Gb
8) 1Gb NIC - highly desirable, but not mandatory


Any configurations or components that you have setup with LinuxMCE and that are close to the requirements above would be greatly appreciated! Thanks again.

Vlad

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Take a look at users setups
http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/User_Setups

Read the FAQ

Use Nvidia Video

I am very happy with my Antec Fusion Black case and its cousin the NSK2480

Full size cases but very nice and quiet and look in place in your audio rack.

The AMD X2 processors teamed with an 82-8500  Nvidia may be best at this point for compatibility with 0710 but be able to take advantage of nvidia's new API


HTH

Tim
« Last Edit: November 23, 2008, 07:10:35 am by tkmedia »
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volenin

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Thanks for the info, Tim. Any suggestion re: the motherboard? Which brand generally works better with LMCE?

Re: the wiki pages, I saw these pages on Wiki, the only thing most of them do not contain any reference to the hardware.

For the record, here are the setups that seem to have full list of the hardware:

newbielink:http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Alx9r%27s_Sample_Setup [nonactive]
   (see ' newbielink:http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Alx9r%27s_Materials [nonactive]' for the hardware list)

newbielink:http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Category:X10_User_Setups [nonactive]
   (currently references 5 different setups done by 5 different people)

Vlad

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Try

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/User_Setups


I use abit anm2hd and it works great but with nvidia worling on a driver API for 8x or higher I would opt for an 8x or higher.

I looks like totallymaxed is having good luck with an Asus board with  9x nvidia .

Tim

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