[mythtv-users] Dell OptiPlex for Myth front-end

Matt Vollmar matt at vollmars.com
Wed Dec 8 18:02:39 UTC 2004

Jon Bauerle wrote:

> Rumor has it that the XBox is going to drop to $100.  Wouldn't that be 
> the best bang for the buck, even if you don't use it for a game 
> system?  And, there's something to be said for hardware consistency.
> How do you like using an xbox as a front end?  I'm considering turning 
> mine into one.
> On Dec 7, 2004, at 3:43 PM, David Levine wrote:
>> Hi, all.  I currently have an "under the stairs" MythTV backend (dual
>> PVR250 tuners), and a single XBox front-end in the living room.  I'm
>> thinking about a second front-end in the bedroom, however I was
>> thinking about a small form factor PC instead of another XBox.
>> At work, I have a (small form factor) Dell OptiPlex GX260 on my desk,
>> and it is VERY quiet (at least as heard in my office, to my ears).  So
>> of course, it seems like it would make a good front-end.  It's way
>> overpowered for a Myth front-end, of course, and it's a bit more than
>> I'm looking to spend.  However, I see quite a few older small form
>> factor OptiPlex GX models available cheaply, used, online.  Does
>> anyone know if the older models were just as quiet?  I read online
>> that the GX50 line didn't have an AGP slot (so if you wanted to add an
>> after-market video card instead of the onboard video, you were stuck
>> with PCI).  But I'm not sure about other GX models.  I don't do HDTV,
>> just SDTV, so I can go for a fairly old machine, I think, without
>> worrying about being underpowered.  Cheap and quiet are my watchwords!
>> And, of course, if anyone is actually using a GX, I'd love to hear 
>> about it.
>> Thanks,
>> David
>> _______________________________________________
If it drops to $100, I am so drooling...


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