July 6th, 2004
Last week, I posted a list of hardware that I’m buying for my MythTV. Most if it has arrived and I can make some comments about it now.
First, the Chenbro case is really bad. One of the hard drive bays is inaccessible due to being placed over the motherboard (!) and the other one requires the drive to be mounted upside-down. The 5.25″ bays are also poor, not letting one drive in all four screws (one of them only permits two, and right above each other at that, anchoring only 1 of 4 possible anchor points.)
The Biostar board is nice, but here’s the rub: while it features TV out and S/PDIF out pins on the motherboard, the board doesn’t ship with the connectors necessary to make it work! They charge $12 and $15, respecitvely, for the requires connectors, so this thing is not yet working with a TV.
The Samsung hard drive is great and it is indeed quiet as claimed. I’d heartily reccommend it.
And the Athlon XP 2200+ CPU is, of course, also a very nice one.
The Hauppauge card hasn’t arrive yet; I’m using a very old WinTV card until it does. More on that when it gets here.