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