My other option is to spec/build something myself. I have been playing around with specs roughly like the following, but would be grateful of some feedback;
1 x ATHLON 64 X2 5200+ 2.7GHZ PIB SKT AM2 2X512KB F... £39.21 Fast enough?
i would go for the 4850, as it is less Energy consuming. As for HD without VDpau, u still need a quick machine.
My Athlon BE-2400 sucks at this, at it seems to bee to slow. In the Forum are some attemps with coreAVC (try the search functionality ;O) ) in which i couldn't succeed. Kepp in mind to have a proper cooling with HOT Hardware!
1 x M3N78 PRO AM2+ GF8300 ATX VGA+SND+GLN+1394+U2 H... £51.04 Wiki says its compatible
Check the Forum for this Board. There should be some HUGE threads about it...
1 x Kingston HyperX 2GB PC2-6400 800MHz DDR2-SDRAM ... £17.97 Fast enough?
Who cares much about Memory anymore, as long as there is enough and your machine is not i7-ish ! ;O)
Just spend ur machine like 2-4gb, everything should be fine... Myself went for Kingston, as they usually just work, nothing else...
1 x EN9500GT/DI/512MD3 512MB DDR3 PCI-E DVI-I HDMI ... £43.58 Any idea if this card will work?
No bloody idea, but check out the mythtv forum for the compatibility of vdpau and the supported graphic cards. They are getting more and more. I guess, a 9xxx card should but a good choice, but please check the forum, as there used to be some issues with with 8x, 9x cards, their drivers and 7.10...
1 x Pioneer 5x BluRay DVDRW Combo £57.96
Pfee.. no idea. No need for BR yet... but i guess it should be P&P
1 x Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB SATA 32MB Cach... £62.24
I just love the new WD drives. I got some with just 16mb cache (not that i could feel that). quite, quick... nice price.
Case wise im thinking if i go this route myself i will go for a silverstone LC20 with some sort of 520W powersupply. I guess what im asking is am i better to go for the MSI or this self spec'd machine as the cost will be pretty similar
I just have my nice Antec p150 next to my TV... just little WAF, but not ready for a silverstone yet ;O)
But i guess, there is not much that can go wrong with such a case.
Big plans are, just to have a small MD in the "future-Living-room"... small case = big WAF, rite?
Well MSI ML? New one?... Hardware support is getting really awesome with linux. Well, as i bought my MSI in Jan last years, i do not see the need for a new board. But the new stuff looks really nice. I guess i would go for the new Hardware and make it work... so .. have fun! ;O)
Once upon a time, when LMCE will work with the new Ubuntu releases, HW should be an issue anymore. But 7.10 is still picky, and 8.10alpha is still hard to manage for a "user"...
P.S: My tip for playing around with different versions: get yourself several hardrives. 160Gb ~ 30Eur (40USD/GBP?) should do the trick...