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

Steven Adeff adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com
Wed Sep 21 21:27:00 UTC 2011

On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 5:26 PM, Steven Adeff <adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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:
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811219019
> I have the older
> http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E16811219007
> as my standalone backend in my basement.

oh yea, and unless you need redundancy for your recordings, skip RAID
and just use storage groups.

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