[mythtv-users] Cases for a PVR box... recommendations.

Jim Reith reith at racores.com
Fri Aug 12 14:54:26 UTC 2005


At 10:20 AM 8/12/2005, you wrote:
>Robert Johnston wrote:
>
>>On 11/08/05, R. Geoffrey Newbury <newbury at mandamus.org> wrote:
>>
>>
>>>On 11 Aug 2005 07:11:22 -0700, Jim Reith wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>>>>My question is, of those specialized cases out there, what are people's
>>>>>>favorites - which ones have proven to be more stable.
>>>>>>
>>>I'm just putting together a box using the Silverstone LC11M as my case.
>>>This box is intended to replace the 2 VCR's next to the TV so I wanted a
>>>smallish and neat case.
>>>This case is good looking 'restrained' and well made.
>>>
>>
>>I've got MythTV box in the base LC11 case, and the case is virtually
>>silent (I can't hear it unless I put my head right next to it).
>>
>>
>>
>>>I am using a Via Epia SP13000 motherboard and there is a 'gotcha' involved
>>>there.
>>>The case has 3 horizontal PCI slots in the back and will take full length
>>>PCI cards BUT the included PCI riser card expects that the first slot will
>>>be an AGP slot, and the PCI riser card will fit into the second slot of
>>>the motherboard. Of course a mini-itx board has no second slot! and no AGP
>>>slot. The answer is that you will need a PCI extension ( $8.00 at Logic
>>>Supply in Waterbury Vermont: great service from them BTW!), to go between
>>>a PCI riser card in a mini-ITX board PCI slot and your cards, so that then
>>>your cards will line up with the back of the case. Second gotcha is that
>>>there does not appear to be a 3 slot PCI riser card made anywhere...so you
>>>will be limited to using 2 PCI cards. The third slot is limited to AGP use
>>>only (and then only if you have a board with an AGP slot.). Since I am
>>>intending to use the on board video of the EPIA MB, 2 slots are sufficient
>>>for my Hauppauge PVR500 and a pcHDTV card.
>>>
>>
>>I'm using an ASRock mATX board, which has 1xAGP and 3xPCI (Only 2 of
>>which can be used in this case). It is more than adequate to run 1xAGP
>>NVidia 5200 and 2xPVR250's, along with 2x250Gb WD HDD's, and the whole
>>system is silent. The most annoying part of the whole case is the
>>ULTRA-BRIGHT-OMGMYEYES Blue LED's on the front. :)
>>
>
>Personally, I would STRONGLY disrecommend the Silverstone LC11:
>
>* The hard disk bays don't have room for SATA disks, due to the front fan
>getting in the way of the SATA power cables
>* There's a big metal rivet at the back, which prevents you from plugging
>a VGA cable into an AGP graphics card
>* The AGP/PCI riser module _REALLY_ doesn't work, I had massive problems
>with video corruption and cards not being recognised at boot
>* The integrated motherboard risers are too large, and cause shorting
>unless you screw the board in tightly at EXACTLY the right angle
>
>I bought a slightly larger Coolermaster Cavalier4, and fixed all my issues
>in one go (without adding any noise).
>
>My board is an AOpen i855GMEm-LFS, a mATX board which takes Pentium-M
>CPUs. I've got an AGP GeForce 5200 and two Hauppauge WinTV Nova-T DVB-T cards.

Yeah, it's the Cavalier4 I have as well, with a full ATX in it. Plus you
still have the ULTRA-BRIGHT-OMGMYEYES Blue LED's on the front. :)

>--Jo Shields
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