Notes while designing and building my "nauhuri" MythTV box
- case max width 410 mm
- old 3.5" HD fits inside the case
- old Hauppauge Nova-T 500 dual DVB-T tuner card fits inside the case
- silent, low power consumption, 1080p capable and all that
Chassis and PSU
I'm starting to lean towards a SilverStone Milo ML02B-R chassis. It fits the 410 mm width limit (397 mm) nicely. It comes with a fanless 120W PSU, fits a 3.5" drive and a slim optical drive and includes a PCI riser card. I'll just have to make sure that the Hauppauge Nova-T 500 isn't too big – someone seems to have had trouble with another Hauppauge card.
The CPU cooler cannot exceed 37 mm in height, so it's probably best to get one of SilverStone's own coolers.
The ML02B-R costs 164,90€ at VK.
Mainboard and integrated video controller
- open source driver ok (Dec 2009)
* no sound through HDMI though
- AMD proprietary driver doesn't work (Dec 2009)
AMD/ATI cards don't seem to do accelerated 1080p, although some people get that to work using the CPU. See this thread.
NVidia 8200 seems to be a safe choice. Any AM2 mainboards with that integrated? Also GT210 seems good with VDPAU decoding acceleration. 8200/8300/9300/9400 onboards only miss out on DivX accel. See this thread.
Since I don't need exceptional processing power, I'll probably settle for an AMD CPU and get a Silverstone NT07-AM2 Low profile cooler (18,90€ at VK). The cooler can handle a 65W CPU, so my options are:
- AMD Athlon II X2 250 3.0GHz (2 MB L2 cache, DDR2/3, 45 nm, boxed)
- AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ 2.9GHz(tray, 80€ at KV)
- AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ 2.8GHz(tray, 72€ at KV)
- AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ 2.7GHz (tray, 65.53€ at KV)
User:Trogod/System0 looks like an excellent resource especially on motherboards with an HDMI port.