[mythtv-users] Best front-end machine?

jedi jedi at mishnet.org
Sun Sep 4 18:11:00 UTC 2011


On Sat, Sep 03, 2011 at 01:11:36PM -0400, Michael T. Dean wrote:
> On 09/03/2011 11:02 AM, jedi wrote:
> > On Fri, Sep 02, 2011 at 02:49:48AM -0400, Raymond Wagner wrote:
> >> On 9/2/2011 02:16, john.baab wrote:
> >>> There are some pre-built ion boxes too, which generally have smaller
> >>> cases but don't give you the flexibility of building your own.
> >> Pre-built or not, Atom-based systems have zero flexibility.  The CPU
> >      That's pretty much true of any low profile machine. It's not just
> > limited to Atom based machines. Lack of flexibility is a trade off for
> > greatly reduced size.
> >
> 
> Losing flexibility in adding more hardware is a trade off of choosing a 
> small case.  Using a processor that can't process the data it's given in 
> any case--large or small--is just choosing to limit yourself for no good 
> reason, IMHO.

    Cutting the cost in half or by two thirds is actually a great reason.

[deletia]

    When compared to a Mini (or better hardware), an ION is cheap enough 
just to try out as an experiment even if you aren't expecting it to work.

    If you are really worried about the future, then there is no substitute
for building/buying something that can be upgraded when your requirements 
change. Otherwise you are bound to have more expensive doorstops versus 
cheaper doorstops.


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