I’ve been using Mythtv for about 4 years and the motherboard is occasionally showing some failures (rebooting in stead of shutdown), the disks are a bit full and hdtv playback is not smooth.

So it’s time for a new one!

I’ve placed the order at the dutch webshop www.sallandautomatisering.nl for the following components:

Thermaltake Mozart SX (new htpc case)

Thermaltake Mozart SX (new htpc case)

  • Case: Thermaltake Mozart SX VC7001SNS
  • Power supply: Nexus Technology NX-3500 SE 350 Watt
  • Motherboard: Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe
  • Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4450E 2.30 GHz
  • Memory: Kingston ValueRam Dual Channel 2048 MB, PC6400, 800 MHz, 5, Kit Of 2
  • Harddisk: Samsung SpinPoint F1 750 GB, 7200 Rpm, 32 MB, S-ATA II/300
  • Optical Drive: Asus DRW-2014S1T S-ATA
  • Videocard: Asus Radeon HD 3450 512 MB, PCI-e

The following components will be reused from my current htpc:

  • TV-card: Hauppauge WinTV PVR-500 (dual tuner)
  • Remote control: Logitech Harmony 555

And I also have a keyboard and a mouse laying around somewhere, although I don’t use it that much on my current htpc.

A quick overview of my current htpc:

Antec Overture II (old htpc case)

Antec Overture II (old htpc case)

  • Case: Antec Overture I
  • Power supply: Integrated in case
  • Motherboard: Euh. dunno…
  • Processor: AMD Sempron processor
  • Memory: 1,25 GByte
  • Harddisk:1 x 200GByte and 1 x 300GByte harddisk
  • Optical: Asus DVD-RW (2x)
  • Videocard: Nvidia MX4000
  • Operating System: Fedora 9 (was FC7, but upgraded recently)
  • Media Center Software: Mythtv 0.21

Cause the new htpc will be built completely from scratch, I’ll see if I can post my steps, experience, config options on this blog.

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