I want to try out the Linux MCE. I want to use it mainly as a media center. Smart home control might come at a later point. I know it's a long way especially since my knowledge of Linux is very limited. But I'm willing to learn and if it takes months, so be it.
I already have a PC which I want to use as a media director. Right now I'm trying to decide, which PC to buy for the core. Since the hardware guide in the Wiki does not seem to be up to date, I was thinking of getting the following:
CPU : Intel Core i5 650 (3,2GHz)
Board : MSI P55A-G55
graphics card: NVIDIA Geforce GT430
This should be sufficient also for HDTV since it faster than the hardware in the hardware guide, or not? Are there any known problems with these components?
Now I'm not quiet sure what TV card to use. I'm from Germany and I'm using DVB-S2 (HDTV). Is here anyone from Europe who has already tried out a DBV-S2 card for HDTV? Which card would you recommend?
If I get MCE to work, I want to have more than one media director. If another person watches a different program on the second media director or if I want to record one program and watch another program, I guess I have to have 2 TV cards. Is that correct or is there something like a "multi card" which combines these functions into one card?
I also have a satellite receiver, which receives an encrypted program (no CI slot, the decoding is build in to the receiver). Is it possible to make this program available on the media director(s), maybe through a video capture card in the core? If so, which card would you recommend (the signal is NTSC, not PAL). Or is there another (better) way to do this?
Right now I have a LAMP server running on Ubuntu. Is it possible, that the MCE core also runs as a LAMP server so I only have to use 1 PC?
It would be great, if some of the questions could be answered.