[mythtv-users] HushTechnologies Case - new motherboard/cpu advice for FE (quite specific)

alessandro campobassi alessandro.campobassi at gmail.com
Tue Sep 4 14:13:54 UTC 2012

Hi folks,
Back in 2005 when I was a crazy young lad with no sense of the value
of money, I splashed out ridiculous money on a HushTechnologies
fanless system!
It's currently running on A8N-VM CSM motherboard MicroATX mobo with 4GB DDR2.

This is a fantastic case and is almost 100% silent (and it cost me an
arm and a leg back in '05)
It has been my FE/BE combo since 2005, but doesn't support HD playback :(
I have since built a new BE that will be good for quite some time yet,
but I am looking for advice for a mobo/CPU to bang into this case.
As this will be a FE only, I am looking for a good performing cheap
mobo with onboard graphics card with HDMI output, gigabit NIC.
The ability to add cards (graphics cards etc) is very limited in this
case, the space is crazy small, so I prefer to try and use mobo with
onboard video, but I think I can fit one GT430 in!
But as I just built a new BE, I am hoping to spend as little as
possible on the motherboard/cpu and ram.

All that is well and good, BUT !!! the only caveat is that the CPU
heat sink / heat pipe in the case fits great on the current socket
(AMD Socket 939) mobo, so the new mobo will need to have socket
housing size so that the heat sink can still work !! :( And that's
where I'm stuck :(

The case: http://campobassi.com/images/hush/hush-m-total.jpg
The current motherboard:  http://campobassi.com/images/hush/asus.jpg
HeatPipe/Sink for CPU/graphics chip

So I guess my questions are
Are there any motherboards that match the A8N-VM CSM for CPU placement
etc? or are the adaptors for socket 939s for newer motherboards?
Or do I have to use this Hush Case as a door stop and forget all about it ?

Any advice greatly appreciated!

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