[mythtv-users] OT? Shuttle + ProRAID or Obsidian case for i3/i5 Myth BE ?

Steven Adeff adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com
Wed Sep 21 21:26:20 UTC 2011

On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 2:14 PM, linux guy <linuxguy123 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have a conundrum about the form factor I'm going to use for my Myth BE.
> I'd like to hear people's opinions.
> My BE is going to be a headless server sitting in my basement.  It will not
> be connected to a display device.
> It will be serving content to 3 to 5 FEs, most in 1080i, and transcoding
> might be involved (DLNA requirement of TVs), so I'm thinking of using an i3
> or i5 for the BE machine.
> I want the BE to have a RAID array, so nothing ever gets lost.  I'd like to
> run RAID 5 with 4 drives and 6 to 10 GB of usable storage.
> I am considering 2 form factors.
> 1) Shuttle SH67H3 + Mediasonic 4 bay ProRAID enclosure
> http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856101117
> http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816322004
> Cost is $460 + shipping
> 2) Obsidian 650D + Asus H67 motherboard with 6 channel SATA and built in
> RAID + Obsidian 600 Watt Power supply
> http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/obsidian-series-pc-case/obsidian-series-650d.html
> Cost is $340ish for the setup , bought locally
> Put another way, the Shuttle is $120 more, setup for setup, assuming the
> same HD, processor and RAM is used.
> The 650D case is nice, but big and clumsy.  Its actually hard to lift
> because it doesn't have a handle, the case is slippery and its big.  Really
> big.  I might even put it on rollers.
> It does have a SATA hot plug port on the front, which is really nice.
> The Shuttle is small and easily moved.   The external Proraid is hot plug
> and the two would fit really nicely on my rack shelves.
> I don't plan on moving my BE to work on it, nor moving the RAID around, but
> that doesn't mean it won't happen.
> Which of these two or others would you buy ?  Or do you have something
> better ?
> Thanks

My opinion:
I have the older

as my standalone backend in my basement.

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