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theman
2005-06-14, 07:20 PM
I've been trying to find what the recommended hardware to run this program is, and have had to break down and ask a really noob-like question. I understand the hardware recommendations as far as the video encoding card go but I was wondering in terms of CPU and Memory horse power of the computer being used what would be the recommended minimum to run GB-PVR? Also I would like to be able to record as well as watch live TV at the same time. Tia, theman.

sub
2005-06-14, 07:31 PM
The minimum would probably be 1GHz+ PIII class CPU and 512MB memory. It'd work with less, but probably badly.

The faster the CPU the better when it comes to video applications.

kayleigh
2005-06-16, 01:44 AM
I opted for the "more is better" philosophy. I tested the program originally on a Shuttle SK43 running an Athalon 1500+ (about 1GHz) with 512MB of memory. It ran OK with the Hauppauge PVR-350 (hardware encode/decode), but it bogged down with the plugins I wanted to run, and it took 30-45 seconds to change screens. I'm really satisfied with the P4 2.0GHz (Northwood 400MHz FSB, I think) and 1GB RAM. Even with all the plugins I use, The program loads in 15-20 seconds (which is acceptible to me, since the computer is dedicated to doing nothing else) and screen change response is 2-7 seconds.

reven
2005-06-16, 02:26 AM
Not bad, I've tested it with 512MB, 768MB and 1GB of RAM on P4 2.603GHz Prescott on Windows XP Pro Media Center 2005 SP2. To test out XMEDIA - SKIN since it supports with Version 11 / 40 plugins 18 XTOOLs (36 with Version 10 with 15 XTools) my RAM drops from 700MB to 333MB. With GBPVR not running I am at 836MB out of 1GB.

tipstir you sure love advertising your skins :)


i say go with a p4 3.4ghz, 2gb ram, 256mb PCI-E 6800 gfx card, 400gb sata hdd + 200gb sata for system, pvr 150 * 1, pvr 500* 3, ht-400 accent case, silent psu, silent cooler... and if you have any money left, a big donation to sub, cause if you can afford that dream machine you must be rich :)

kayleigh
2005-06-16, 02:32 AM
i say go with a p4 3.4ghz, 2gb ram, 256mb PCI-E 6800 gfx card, 400gb sata hdd + 200gb sata for system, pvr 150 * 1, pvr 500* 3, ht-400 accent case, silent psu, silent cooler... and if you have any money left, a big donation to sub, cause if you can afford that dream machine you must be rich :)
Or a *HUGE* TV junkie. Or very indecisive, so you need to record seven channels at once. :eek: :D

stefan
2005-06-16, 06:43 AM
There was this article in the newspaper a while back (a month or two?) about a machine sold in Japan. It had six dvb-t cards (or the japanese equivalent) so you can record all six FTA channels at the same time. It had enough hard drive space to record all six channels 24/7 for an entire week :-)

reven
2005-06-16, 06:52 AM
that would be about 10gb an hour for 6 channels (at minimum, dvb-t is mpeg2 right?) so 24 hours 240gbs, one week 1680gb, or 1.6TBs, thats a lot of space.... have to get like 5 400gb (they did that on g4tv) you get about 1.8tb after format....

stefan
2005-06-16, 07:02 AM
Yes, I seem to recall it was somewhere in that proximity, ~2TB. I'm not saying it was a small unit ;-)

stefan
2005-06-16, 07:10 AM
It's called Vaio... there's an article here:
http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,118050,00.asp

Torque
2005-06-16, 02:25 PM
I'm running the config in my sig and it's plenty fast with the base install of GB-PVR (running older unsupported version) and a few of the simple plugins (my music, weather, my pictures, etc.)

I don't use any of the post processing crap or any special video filters and it works fine.

If you're going to go with a top-o-line CPU, then go with AMD... you'll have a fast system that is also cool and quiet. I have an A64 3700+ (san diego core) with 2GB of RAM and a 6800GT as my game/home office machine that is whisper quiet and runs around 35C in temp. The perfect CPU for a PVR if you need that kind of power.

theman
2005-06-16, 10:46 PM
Is it possible to have GB-PVR (or more likely windows) treat more then one HD as a video Repository, kind of how LVM could work in Linux? So I could use a couple 120GB HD's I have instead of buying a new 200-300GB unit. Next what does anyone recommend for a tv-out card? I'm assuming if it does H/W decoding thats better and less taxing on the system? Tia, theman.

Torque
2005-06-17, 02:14 PM
I don't know if GBPVR will point to multiple locations (or if a plugin would accomplish that) but my solution would be to stripe the two 120GB disks together using XP's software RAID.

reboot
2005-06-18, 03:35 AM
Raid is a wonderful thing.
Grab as many 250gb drives as you can afford, on a Neo4 chipset board, and stripe them all. Then put a smallish (80 gig?) on IDE as the boot drive, and let everything record to the array.
You could even split up the drives into two arrays, one for recording, and one for video work. That way, your recordings don't have a chance to hiccup, when running an encoder or multitasking stuff on the other.

One thing for sure, get as much HD storage as you can reasonably afford. It'll get chewed up fast, especially with multiple cards.