Media Center Finished…

Well its all up and running, still a few bugs to iron out, but so far its golden. Here are the specs.

AMD XP 2000+
512 PC 2700
80gig WD @ 7200 RPM = /
80gig Seagate @ 7200 RPM = /share
ATI Radeon 9000 Pro AGP
ATI TV Wonder Pro
ATI Remote Wonder
VIA OnBoard Sound.

The computer also has USB and Ethernet. I have it running apache, php, mysql, mythtv, mrtg, and samba. With all of that I can monitor the cpu/eth/ram etc, and also run mythweb to set recordings from a browser. Everything seems to be working fine… except that every so often after watching a recorded show the frontend will crash out and needs to be restarted. Also the remote is not 100% functional yet… I jsut haven’t had the time to play with it all that much, but either way I have a wireless mouse and keyboard for it. Last but not least some encoded movies will not allow me to pause/fast forward/etc with in the video player, I dont think there is much that can be done about that. Now that I know it can be done I want to look into making a dedicated Media server that is powerful and also has a small form factor. Here is a compiled list of parts that will make it possible for as cheap as possible. I will be updating this as time goes on with the latest and greatest deals that I can find.

Media Center Project

The goal of this is as follows.
1. Create a Small form factor machine
2. As quiet as possible(silent fans, silent psu, active cooling)
3. Cheap!, dont want to spend $500 on something when it can be done for $200
4. Powerful, I want it to encode, capture, share and do other tasks when idle so it needs some power behind it.
5. Lots of storage. Along with being small I want it to have as much storage as possible. I will be using this as a file server for all my music and video so I dont want to run out of space.

Hardware and Prices:
PC CHIPS M925G V9.1B Micro ATX Intel Motherboard – $36.00
MSI Geforce MX4000 MX4000-T64 Video Card – $26.00
Hauppauge WINTV-PVR-150 WinTV-PVR-150 – $91.99
512 PC 2100 Ram – $39.91
LITE-ON Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model SOHD-16P9SBLK – $21.99
Intel Celeron D 325 Prescott 533MHz FSB Socket 478 Processor Model BX80546RE2533C – $70.99
ASYS 001MJA Black Computer Case – $29.99

Grand Total: $316.87

Still looking ways to cut cost and keep the quality. All these prices are from so it might be cheaper from other places.

4 thoughts on “Media Center Finished…”

  1. Gentoo of course… I mainly just followed some info from the gentoo wiki…. I am going to try to do a little write up of my steps of doing so because there were somethings left out of the wiki. And screen shots you say eh? Check out the MythTV Site ( … looks the same on my end 😉 I still need to map the keys on the remote and tweak mplayer around.

  2. Thats badass man.. and about time! What OS are you using? (wonders about ’emerge mythtv’)

    Post some pics of that beast in action.

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