[mythtv-users] OT: Hardware purchase question for eventual HD Mythtv system

stefan_jones at comcast.net stefan_jones at comcast.net
Thu May 21 22:55:23 UTC 2009

> On Thu, May 21, 2009 at 3:31 PM, Mark Boyum <mark at boyum.us> wrote: 
> > Our Myth system died a sudden death earlier this week. Yet another 
> > motherboard died with bad caps. 
> > So I am looking at 
> > http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.194454 
> > to purchase as a low end desktop for now. Eventually it will likely 
> > become a MythTV frontend. It has been 12 or so years since I last 
> > built a PC. Is there anything else that would need to be purchased in 
> > addition to that combo deal? Specifically, does the AMD retail CPU 
> > box include a cooler? 

> From: "Calvin Dodge" <caldodge at gmail.com> 
> To: "Discussion about mythtv" <mythtv-users at mythtv.org> 
> Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2009 3:35:11 PM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific 
> Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] OT: Hardware purchase question for eventual HD Mythtv system> 
> Retail CPUs (both AMD and Intel) include heatsink/fan units. 
> OEM CPUs do not. 

Caveat: The retail-boxed "Black" series AMD duo core I bought last year did NOT have a cooler. It wasn't clear from the Newegg site, but I assumed it would because the "White" box unit I'd bought a few months before did. I had to walk to the friendly neighborhood computer shoppe to buy a fan. 

I think the black line units are targeted at heavy duty overclockers who would presumably toss the included fan and heatsink in favor of a liquid-cooled one with flashy neon bits and superconducting magnetic bearings. 

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