[mythtv-users] what do you think?

Aaron Griffin aaronmgriffin at gmail.com
Tue Sep 7 14:21:49 EDT 2004

Hmmm just checked on heat... good point.
Perhaps the Coolermaster ATC-620? 
link: http://www.coolermaster.com/index.php?LT=english&Language_s=2&url_place=product&p_serial=ATC-620C-BX1&other_title=+ATC-620C-BX1+ATC-620

it seems decent to me... though I don't know if I like the flat
look... seems to 1980s VCR style to me.... any nice looking cases
someone want to suggest?

On Tue, 07 Sep 2004 19:20:24 +0100, Stephen Tait <tait at digitallaw.co.uk> wrote:
> At 18:09 07/09/2004, you wrote:
> >On Tue, 7 Sep 2004 10:56:54 -0500, Aaron Griffin
> ><aaronmgriffin at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > Antec Aria mATX Cube ($83.19)
> > > NVIDIA GeForce4 MX4000 Video Card ($45.11)
> > > Crucial 512MB PC2700 DDR DIMM Memory ($76.00)
> > > Athlon XP (Barton) 2500+ Processor ($89.00)
> > > MSI KM400 Athlon Motherboard ($51.00)
> > > Hauppauge WinTV PVR 250MCE ($71.33)
> > > Seagate Barracuda ST3200822A 200GB Hard Drive ($104.50)
> > > GD-2500 4x DVD-ROM ($34.00)
> > >
> > > Grand Total of $554.13 before shipping (~$600 after)
> > >
> > > I chose the PVR-250MCE because I have my own remote setup and it
> > > wasn't worth an extra $40-ish for another remote.
> >
> >Looks solid.  Looking at that case design though, airflow is going to
> >be a real issue with that Barton.   I'm going to go out on a limb and
> >say stock heatsink won't cut it.  I personally love the Zalman's
> >heatsinks, but size is going to be your issue.  I see it's got a
> >blower for the exhaust on the back, the rest of the air looks like
> >it's going to have to go up the sides and into the PSU?  I'm not sure
> >what the solution is, but I'd say heat may be a big factor in your
> >future.
> I've come across a fair few reviews of the Aria that say heat is definitely
> a problem (IIRC I just googled for antec aria review and read the first
> few). That said, he's picked some of the coolest running components; the
> Barton 2500 is (I think) the lowest grunt-per-watt of the athlon range, and
> the dirt-cheap-but-does-the-job-damned-well nVidia MX4000 (I have one)
> doesn't kick out a huge amount either (well, for a video card anyway).
> However, once you put 'em all together along with the PVR (which does kick
> out a boatload of heat) I think heat might definitely be an issue (but then
> I'm over cautious :).
> You might want to look into:
> a) a slightly roomier case (myself and a few others on this list will sing
> the praises of the CoolerMaster 620, if you can still find any)
> b) modding the aria with a few fans to get a bit more air circulating (a
> slimline 7V'd 80mm in each side perhaps?)
> c) underclocking/undervolting the CPU
> d) if you install an ACPI system, you can use Athcool to run the athlon in
> power saving mode, although this can have an adverse affect on sound and/or
> HD transfers
> Underclocking seems to be catching on quite a bit now. One of the computer
> hardware forums I attempt to post on has a few people who are trying to get
> the most grunt-per-watt out of their A64's, which are apparently very good
> underclockers.
> : shrugs :
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