[mythtv-users] New to building computers and MythTV

jedi at mishnet.org jedi at mishnet.org
Wed Mar 21 18:34:14 UTC 2007

> On Wednesday 21 March 2007 12:52, Jon Sustar wrote:
>> > Also do you want a small form factor case? Does it need to be silent?
>> Ideally, I don't want the case to be too big.  It would be nice to have
>> it
>> resemble a receiver or something of the sort, so that it would fit in an
>> entertainment center.  Of course, a micro-atx case would limit me as far
>> as
>> internal HDDs go, and I also don't know what components would be
>> compatible
>> with micro-atx, like tv tuners.

   You seriously should consider going with a split backend/frontend
and just going for something like a minimac, or aopen or even the
bookpc systems that newegg has for your frontend.

   Putting the "heavy lifting" somewhere else dramatically simplifies
issues of size, noise, cooling and presentability.


   My frontend is just a cube based on a case I got at a local vendor.
It worked well enough until the PSU fan in the stock PSU in the case
started to come undone. Some bit of plastic came loose and was doing
the card in the bicycle spoke routine. So my PSU doesn't have it's own
fan anymore.

   I don't worry because that case has a mobo temperature display on
the front of the case. I know what exactly accounts for the heat level
in my machine and the missing PSU fan doesn't account for much.

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