[mythtv-users] Frontend/Backend Hardware Suggestions on a Budget

Gary Dawes gary.dawes at gmail.com
Wed Feb 7 10:51:51 UTC 2007

I use a coolermaster 260 case,  which was only about 60 UK. It takes either
full size atx or matx boards, 2 Hds, 1 optical, and uses standard atx psus.
In mine I have an athlon xp 2000 running a combined be/fe system with 512mb
of memory with 2 hds and a cheap generic psu, runs fairly quiet. I can only
hear it with the tv and everything else off.

If you are using hardware encoding or dvb cards then you should be able to
find end of life boards and amd cpus fairly cheaply if you shop about.
they'll have plently of power for normal use.

With Uk pricing I could get a board and cpu for about 80 (about $150-160)
add 40 ($80) for memory, and about 50 for a 250GB hard disk and 20 for a
dvd-rw drive. Usb dvb-t tuners are about 35 each, and about 40-50 for
something like a hauppauge pvr-150
Look for reasonable makes such as gigabyte, msi, and asus for example.
having said that I ran be/fe on a "jetway" generic matx board which cost
next to nothing for about 3 years with very little problems.

You will not get complete silence, but you can build a pc inexpensively
which is quiet enough to be unobtrusive in a normal living room enviroment.

On 07/02/07, Brian Wood <beww at beww.org> wrote:
> On Feb 6, 2007, at 6:14 PM, Ryan wrote:
> > Hi I am looking to make a combo frontend/backend combo Myth Box,
> > but I was looking to keep things relatively cheap.  I have looked
> > at the Pundit cases with AMD Processor support.
> >
> > I basically want to keep prices low, while making a quiet Box.  I
> > need:
> >
> > A Barebone System with integrated video out
> > or a PC case/mobo/graphics card for HTPC functionality
> > I am looking at using the device for a non HD environment.
> >
> > I need suggestions for the entire system.
> >
> > Thanks for any help you could offer!
> Having said what I did, you might want to look at the Casetronic C158
> case:
> http://www.logicsupply.com/product_info.php/products_id/284
> With a mini-ITX motherboard and a single hard drive and a low-profile
> PVR it *might* meet your needs. Mobos with no fans, integrated video
> and 5.1 audio are available, like:
> http://www.logicsupply.com/advanced_search_result.php?
> keywords=ML6000EA&x=0&y=0
> It wouldn't be what I would call "cheap", but it would be quiet and
> cheaper than some other solutions. No guarantees it would work to
> your satisfaction but you asked for ideas :-)
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