[kwlug-disc] Building a new MythTV Frontend

Colin Mackay zixiekat at gmail.com
Mon Sep 28 12:05:54 EDT 2009


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)...



On Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 3:06 PM, Daniel Agar <daniel at agar.ca> wrote:

> >> This is what I'm currently using.
> >>
> http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=38919&vpn=IONITX-C-U&manufacture=Zotac
> >> http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/215072/M350/Mini-Box/
> >>
> >> + 1GB DDR2 800
> >>
> >
> > That's a much more sensible motherboard than what I pointed out.
> >
> > A couple of questions:
> >
> > - - Neat case.  How do you like it?
> >
> > - - Do you have any fans in the system?  Is passive cooling enough?
> >
> > - - Is the single-core Atom enough for MythTV (or whatever media software
> > you are using)?
> >
> > Thanks!
> > Lori
>
> The case is nice, basically just a simple metal box. It's also the
> least expensive case I could find. This particular version of the
> motherboard comes with a 90W external "brick" power supply. A minor
> feature that makes this suitable for bedroom use is the power light
> doesn't flash when your in S3 (suspend). You can mount it to the back
> of a monitor/tv with a 100mm VESA mount, although you need to get the
> proper double head screws and the only place I could find them in
> North America wants $20 to ship 4 screws.
>
> This system is completely silent (no moving parts). It can get pretty
> warm (especially playing HD), but I rarely use it more than an hour or
> two per day. The rest of the time it's asleep. It it was running 24/7
> I might consider a fan.
>
> I netboot minimyth so the only thing really running on it is
> mythfrontend. I doubt this single process would benefit from 2 cores.
> If it was doing anything else I probably would have opted for the dual
> core version. Certain aspects of myth obviously aren't quite as
> responsive compared with my 3GHz workstation, but I find it more than
> acceptable especially given the size, power usage, silent operation
> and total cost.
>
> Here are a few photos
> http://picasaweb.google.com/dagar86/IONITX?authkey=Gv1sRgCJ_1ttzwyvePwQE#
>
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