[mythtv-users] via epia build advice

David Shay david at shay.net
Fri Jan 5 14:29:06 UTC 2007

On 1/4/07, Peter Baumgartner <sgt.hulka at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'd like to reduce the noise and power consumption of my current
> backend. I'm looking to replace it with a Via Epia that will also
> operate as my home NAS and webserver. I've built lots of desktops in
> the past, but never worked with a mini-itx system. Any advice would be
> much appreciated.
> GigE is a must and I like the idea of having a fanless system for
> noise/power. It looks like the EN12000E with a PVR500 is right up my
> alley.

I just finished a build with the EN12000E.  Works quite well, noiseless
except for the hard-drive.  I'd look for the quietest one available.  Check
out http://www.silentpcreview.com for recommendations.

Any recommendations on cases? I'll have 2 sata drives and maybe an
> optical drive. I'd like to keep it really small and would even house
> the drives outside the case if needed.

I used the Casetronic C137.  Fits a small DVD burner as an optical drive. I
believe it only supports one internal 3.5" drive (or 2.5").  Looks nice and
small and like a normal audio-visual component.

How about PSUs? I'd like to set it up with one of the external bricks
> rather than the traditional type ATX PSU, but I've never built a
> system with one before. Using this handy little tool
> (http://www.epiacenter.com/powersim/powersim_v2/epiasimulator_v2.htm)
> it doesn't look like it should be pulling more than 120W max. Anything
> else I need to be aware of?

If I recall, the power-brick that came with the C137 was incompatible with
the EN12000.  I went ahead and got the pico-PSU 120 along with a new brick
(the PW12-9A).

Finally, any recommendations on vendors in the US?

I've had good luck with http://www.logicsupply.com

They should have all of the parts mentioned above.
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