eyetv 200/250 on an older G4

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  1. yg17 macrumors G5

    yg17

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    I was wanting to get a Tivo, then decided I wanted to build a PVR, then realized building a PVR wasn't cheap. Then, I found eyeTV, and cheaper, older G4 Macs (Towers and cubes) on eBay. eyeTV 250's minimum requirements is a 500MHz G4. How well would it run on a 500MHz G4?

    Also, most cubes I've found are 450MHz. Would it still run well enough for me to watch and record TV? Thanks
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I'd go with the EyeTV 250 since it has hardware decoding and you won't be hitting your CPU that much. I believe the minimum requirements are a 500 MHz G4 for most tuners.

    You're going to need a USB 2.0 card too for it.
     
  3. yg17 thread starter macrumors G5

    yg17

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    ****. The cubes dont have PCI slots, do they? I really wanted a cube.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Nope, just one AGP slot. You'd have to go with the FireWire EyeTV's. Mac Mini's (G4) run for $100 more.
     
  5. yg17 thread starter macrumors G5

    yg17

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    Yeah I know :(

    I found some 400 and 450MHz Sawtooths for under $200 on eBay, but then I forgot the costs of a huge hard drive, possibly more RAM, and an AGP card that has TV-out. Just wouldn't be worth it.

    It looks like I'm back to Tivo for the cheapest. Now with them, you get a free box if you do a 1 year contract at $20 a month. For the price of a decent DIY PVR, I can pay for 3 years of Tivo. And in 3 years, knowing me, I'd want to upgrade the PVR so that would be another few hundred.
     

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