Cost of my MythTV hardware

by Matthew Gast

Related link: http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/oreilly/digitalmedia/2005/06/22/myth_tv.html

As an addendum to part 1 of my MythTV series, here is the cost (excluding tax and shipping) for each of the components in my system, from when I ordered the parts in late April and early May of this year. (The percentages do not add up to 100% due to rounding.)

Component Description Cost
($) (%) of total
HD capture card Two pcHDTV HD-3000 cards* $320.00 26%
Case Silverstone LC03V** $207.45 17%
Power supply Seasonic S12-330W $52.95 4%
Mainboard MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum $137.00 11%
CPU AMD Athlon64 3200+ (Winchester)*** $195.00 16%
RAM 1 GB PC-3200 (DDR) Kingston ValueRAM $95.00 8%
Hard disk 120 GB Samsung SpinPoint $85.00 7%
Video card Giga-byte GeForce FX 5200 8xAGP TV-Out $52.00 4%
Optical drive Toshiba SD-R5372 dual-layer DVD burner (IDE) $49.99 4%
IR receiver Home Electronics IRA-3 $23.63 2%
TOTAL: $1,218.02


* The price of the capture cards reflects a volume discount for the purchase of five, since I shared a purchase with other interested hobbyists to take advantage of a volume discount.

** I ordered the case from pcalchemy.com. The price of the case includes a bottom case fan that was so noisy I tossed it out, and a front-panel IO module.

*** As a comment to the article notes, a Venice core running at comparable speed would only be $145.

The biggest chunk of money is the outlay for dual tuners, a luxury I use only once or twice a week. I also spent significantly more on the case than necessary to get a case that would look good with all my other A/V equipment. It's definitely possible to build a perfectly functional system for significantly less money. Naturally, the prices of many of the components have fallen by now, and you should be able to get an even better deal.