It's time for me to build a Core/MD hybrid. I'm looking for known working, plug an play parts. As little fiddling as possible. Of course, all this on a budget, but as long as I stick with known working stuff I should be fine right? I did search the Wiki, but that left more questions than answers.
case - As long as it's 300W+ I can't see how this matters beyond aesthetics and fan noise
motherboard - reading through the hardware wiki makes me nervous, way to many caveats and not 100% supported statements. Anyone care to comment on ASUS M2N-E AM2
, ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe AM2
, or GIGABYTE GA-M57SLI-S4 AM2
boards? No real reason I selected them other than sorting AM2 boards by best rating on newegg these were the top 3 in my price range and they have the features I want (PCIE, SATA, and plenty of audio out options for my unknown future audio system). Well, the ASUS Deluxe is a bit higher than I want to spend, but it has dual onboard LAN for when/if the core is where I can run another network drop.
CPU - AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
Memory - 2G
Hard drive - I have a 500G SATA drive as well as a 750G external USB drive.
Video - Fanless nvidia 6200. Beyond PCIE and onboard memory, is there anything I should look for? Card brands to avoid?
PVR - PVR-150. I'd go with the 500, but I have DirectTV so I'm limited to one per sat receiver and I don't want to stack receivers in my living room (where this will be for now).
remote/IR receiver - I have a snapstream that worked great with MythTV, but does nothing with LMCE (not sure how to config it the LMCE way). I also have a cheap ebay remote/receiver, and I think it may have originally came with an HP media center if that helps ID it. It seems to work as either a mouse or a very limited keyboard (just arrow keys and enter are all that seem recognized). It sorta works with UI1, but none of the other buttons such as volume, play/pause, etc. do anything. If there is an easy way to get either of these fully functioning as a remote I'd prefer to go that route. Otherwise, recommend me something that is plug and play and under $50 or so. The Fiire remote may be fantastic, but I'm not ready to drop $150 for a remote just yet.
IR blaster - completely clueless. Perhaps there is a good IR blaster/reciever remote that is plug and play?? Is USB-UIRT the only option?
Home automation to come later, for now I just want a solid media center setup. Anything I'm forgetting? Anything I should change (the core will be a hybrid for now, not changing that)?