[mythtv-users] what do you think?
aaronmgriffin at gmail.com
Tue Sep 7 14:54:32 EDT 2004
Updates based on replies, let me know if there are new comments:
Chaintech 7NIF2 ($76 pricewatch)
Coolermaster ATC-620 ($75 pricegrabber)
GD-2500 4x DVD-ROM ($34 pricegrabber)
Hauppauge WinTV PVR 250MCE ($71 pricegrabber)
Kingston HyperX 512MB PC2700 DDR DIMM Memory ($89 pricegrabber)
Athlon XP (Barton) 2600+ Processor OEM ($65 pricegrabber)
Seagate ST3200822A 200GB Hard Drive ($95 pricegrabber/pricewatch)
Switched to the Chaintech board (it's great) which allowed me to
remove the Geforce from the list. Case is now a Coolermaster with a
different look and feel. Stepped the proc up from 2500 to 2600 (no
big deal) and switched the DDR to Kingston HyperX due to the quality
and included heatsink.
On Tue, 7 Sep 2004 13:21:49 -0500, Aaron Griffin
<aaronmgriffin at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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