[kwlug-disc] Building a new MythTV Frontend

Colin Mackay zixiekat at gmail.com
Wed Nov 4 14:47:56 EST 2009


Reviving an old thread...

This is what I am looking at building for a Frontend.
     Motherboard Zotac IONITX-A-U Intel Atom 330 1.6Ghz Dual Core, nVidia
ION GeForce 9400M Graphics w/ DVI + HDMI, DDR2 800Mhz, Wireless 802.11n, 5.1
CH HD Audio (Optical Out), 3x SATA 3.0Gb/s + 1 eSATA, 90W PSU,10x USB 2.0,
Mini-ITX 1 $209.99 $209.99

http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=024768&cid=MBD
CPU Included (Intel Atom Dual 1.6 ghz) 0 $0.00 $0.00

  RAM A-Data DDR2 800 240pin 2GB Module Unbuffered-DIMM Non-ECC Memory (w/
Heatsink) 1 $58.99 $58.99

http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=016875&cid=RAM.346.307
 Compact
Flash Kingston Elite Pro 133x Flash Memory Card - 8GB - CompactFlash
(CF/8GB-S2) 1 $34.99 $34.99

http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=013755&cid=FMD.437
 CF
SATA Adapter Syba SY-SATA2CF Compact Flash to SATA Adapter  1 $16.13 $16.13
 http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=33465&vpn=SY-SATA2CF&manufacture=Syba
Case Apex DM-387 mATX HTPC Case Glossy Black 1X5.25 1X3.5 1X3.5INT 275W Low
Profile Front USB Audio 1 $59.16 $59.16

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=42116&vpn=DM-387&manufacture=Apex%20Computer%20Technology
Doing CF to keep things quiet and cool.  Plus, it's something I've never
done before.  Hahah.

Comments/concerns?



On Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 7:38 AM, L.D. Paniak
<ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com>wrote:

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> Probably easier to get the largest fan you can fit into your case and
> run it at low speed.  Most modern hardware/drivers support throttling of
> power hungry components so there might not be a lot of heat production
> at idle.
>
> The old Myth box (Antec NSK1380/AMD x2-3600/M2N-VM) has a 120mm fan on
> the power supply and a fan on the CPU. I can't hear it from its location
> under the TV.
>
> The Acer Revo has a fan, but it is imperceptible.  The Wii beside it is
> what makes all the noise.
>
> Daniel Agar wrote:
> > This is the one I use.
> > http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16880100851
> > It's getting harder to find them, although you can still find them on
> > ebay. You need to look for a remote that explicitly states support for
> > wake from usb.
> >
> > On Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 00:22, Colin Mackay <zixiekat at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Can you point me to a proper MCE remote?  The one I have came with the
> >> PVR-150.  It has no specific sleep buttons, if that is what you are
> >> referring to.
> >>
> >>
> >> On Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 12:37 PM, Daniel Agar <daniel at agar.ca> wrote:
> >>> On Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 13:35, Colin Mackay <zixiekat at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >>>> I'd definitely need a fan then.  The box I am looking to replace
> pretty
> >>>> much
> >>>> runs 24/7 under my TV in the living room.  It could shut down at
> night,
> >>>> but
> >>>> I find that I stay up way too late some nights and don't really want
> it
> >>>> to
> >>>> shut down in the middle of a movie...
> >>>>
> >>>> Thanks for all the responses; I'm still digging around, but you've all
> >>>> pointed me to some interesting items!
> >>>>
> >>>> I do like the look of the little Acer Revo.
> >>>>
> >>>> When I finish building this on paper, I'll submit it back here for
> >>>> inspection. ;)  It's nice to have multiple opinions (sometimes)...
> >>>>
> >>> Suspend is your friend. Get a proper MCE remote and you can put your
> >>> system to sleep or wake it up from the couch. You can even get a myth
> >>> box to automatically suspend when idle.
> >>>
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