[mythtv-users] System specifications review...
RobertCL at iname.com
Sun Nov 15 13:38:11 UTC 2009
Patrick Doyle wrote:
> OK, I think I'm ready to pull the trigger. Here is what I've decided
> upon for HW to build my ATSC MythTV Frontend/Backend TiVo replacement:
> Antec 2480
> I picked this one because it was at the top of the list at
> silentpcreview.com, and it is roughly the size of my old TiVo (plus
> the converter box sitting on top of it). I'm hoping that the black
> DVD rom panel will not look too out of place in the silver front panel
> of the 2480. It might even be considered to be "stylish", but history
> has shown that I can be a pretty poor judge of what is considered to
> be "stylish".
I've had this case for a couple of years now and it's very nice. Those
big fans make virtually no noise and come with a switched speed control
- I've always just run mine on minimum. The PSU fan is virtually silent
as well. Inside there is plenty of space for everything. I've got a
dvd drive and a single hard disk in there at the minute, with space for
a second hard disk and a second dvd drive. The hard drive enclosure has
some nice anti-vibration gromits to limit noise and the hard disk is
it's own compartment to help with airflow, etc. I keep this in an
open-backed unit in my living room, and while it's not silent, it's
> ASUS EN9600GT SILENT/2D/512MD3 GeForce 9600 GT 512MB
> This is a fanless graphics card. It's clocked at 600MHz and should
> dissipate only 69W. There were 2 other fanless 9600GT cards that were
> each clocked at 600Mhz, dissipating 95W. From the wiki, the 9600GT is
> supposed to be able to implement the Advanced 2x interlacing at 1080i,
> but it doesn't indicate whether the GPU was clocked at 600 or 650MHz.
> Also, I'm planning on using this to drive my LCD TV via HDMI. Does
> anybody know what sort of issues I might run into? (Audio issues come
> to mind).
> It seems a shame to buy a motherboard with a built in video chipset,
> and then totally ignore that chipset. The Biostar motherboard has an
> ATI Radeon HD3300 chipset built in. If I were to get a motherboard
> with an nVidia chipset, is there any possibility of ganging up the
> processing between the mobo and the graphics card?
That sure is a monster! I'd be a little worried about the cooling pipe
that loops out of the top (see 3rd image) - I think it might stop you
getting the lid back on the case without some "modification" (i.e. cut a
bit hole in the lid!) But you might just be ok...
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