[mythtv-users] Asus Pundit vs CoolerMaster ATC 620 (WinTV 250 now, pcHDTV later)

John Kuhn kuhn at razorsys.com
Wed Aug 18 08:27:57 EDT 2004

I have a coolermaster 620 and recently setup a pundit for a friend of 

I have to lean towards the pundit.. its much quieter out of the box.. it 
also has ducting for cooling the proc from outside the case. its much 
smaller as well. (1/2 the size?) note that you would want a SiS based 
pundit, the ATI (newer) stuff is unsupported as of yet

getting a 620 surely is more flexible in the hardware area letting you 
use 3 pci cards if needed without a riser.. like everyone elese says the 
60mm fan on the back is extremly to loud.. I unplugged it all together 
even after a 7v mod.. temps are ok even so


myth-lane at dowobeha.net wrote:

>I'm looking for advice and feedback regarding the Asus Pundit and the
>CoolerMaster ATC 620 (possibly using a Chaintech 7NIF2 nForce2).
>Well, I've been lurking on the list for a year and a half or so. I had Myth
>running on my desktop, but I'm hoping to get started building a dedicated
>frontend/backend machine for the living room in the next few months.
>Here are my priorities:
>Quiet  -  this will be in the living room
>HDTV   -  I'll be using a WinTV 250 initially, but will add a pcHDTV 3000 later
>Size   -  something smallish - the Pundit and the ATC 620 are both OK here
>I already have a WinTV 250. I plan to get a pcHDTV card sometime before Big
>Brother comes around next July. Here are my questions:
>1) Can anyone compare the Pundit and the ATC 620 in noise output?
>2) How powerful of a processor will I need to handle HDTV using the on-board
>TV-out on each of these machines?
>The WinTV 250 will remain in the machine as well.
>3) Are there any other video cards / cable converters that people can recommend
>that a) give better quality for HDTV than the on-board video or b) would let me
>watch HDTV while allowing me to go with a less powerful processor ?
>Basically, I'm trying to figure out what is the quietest machine that I can
>build that can handle a WinTV 250 and a pcHDTV, acting as a frontend/backend.
>I've also looked at the Epia-based solutions. I think I'd be fine using an Epia
>board if all I had was the WinTV 250, but I'm skeptical of being able to use it
>for an HDTV front-end. Can anyone address this?
>Thanks for the help!
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