[kwlug-disc] Building a new MythTV Frontend

Lori Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Wed Nov 4 16:11:28 EST 2009


An interesting looking build.  

If it is just a terminal for streaming then it might be interesting to
try something like network booting and forget the drive altogether.

Also, the Zotac MB comes with its own external power supply.  You can go
with a smaller case without an internal PS.  It would be more quiet but
probably not less expensive though.


On Wed, 2009-11-04 at 14:47 -0500, Colin Mackay wrote:
> 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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