[mythtv-users] Mini-ITX or standard PC?

Adam Siegel adam at sycamore.us
Tue Sep 28 12:26:46 EDT 2004

I am running a VIA EPIA ME6000 (mini-itx).  It is fanless.  There is 
almost no noise from my box (power supply fan) and very little heat.  
The secret is using the PVR-350.  It does the mpg encoding and decoding 
on the card.  So you don't use any CPU.  My average load on the machine 
is around 0.5.  I use my EPIA box as the myth backend and frontend in my 
family room and have a MediaMVP hooked up to it from my bedroom over the 
network.  I bought a small shuttle style case for it that fits neatly in 
my stereo cabinet.  I put a DVD reader/writer and 120GB hard drive in 
the box.  It has 256MB of RAM which is more than enough.  I am quite 
pleased with the performance and have had no issues.

Piers Kittel wrote:

> Am planning my MythTV box in which I'll be mainly using as a PVR, 
> currently recording analogue TV, but in the future might use digital 
> TV, DVD player, and a few other minor tasks - but I'm trying to find a 
> balance between power and noise/electricity usage.  I would like to 
> aim for a low electricity power and low noise, and cost isn't the 
> greatest concern here.
> Would a mini-itx mobo something like M10000 or the MII12000 be 
> sufficient to use as a MythTV box or is it overkill?  Or would it be 
> better to go for an MicroATX board with an underclocked AMD XP/Sempron 
> processor with a big heatsink and a slow fan?
> Or would more details would be helpful here?
> Thanks very much for your help in advance
> Cheers - Piers
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