[mythtv-users] help picking FE/BE components

Travis Tabbal travis at tabbal.net
Tue Nov 24 17:12:50 UTC 2009

On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 4:54 PM, Joe Wilson <wilson.joe at gmail.com> wrote:

> The reason it caught my eye was the 6 sata, 4 pci-e x1, 1 pci-e 16 and 2
> pci slots.
> I don't seem to find any pci slots that often anymore. one might be able to
> push
> upto 6 tuners in there, and a graphic card..  It doesn't come with onboard
> graphics,
> which is a plus if one was going to add a card anyway. Im not sure if
> something
> like this would work or not..

I don't see any reason it wouldn't work. The only downside I see to it is
that it's a full ATX board, so you need a pretty good size case. If you're
OK with that as a FE box, then go for it. Most people seem to want smaller
boxes near the TV. As a dedicated BE, no problem, you can put those in
another room or whatever. Keep in mind that a bunch of tuner cards and HDDs
are going to make heat, that means you need fans to get that heat out of the
case. Careful selection of fans can keep the noise level down. Again, it
matters more for a FE box than for a BE only box.
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