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The HP Compaq DC7700 Small Form Factor (SFF) is an excellent PC for running MythTV.
 
The HP Compaq DC7700 Small Form Factor (SFF) is an excellent PC for running MythTV.

Revision as of 16:46, 17 February 2010

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The HP Compaq DC7700 Small Form Factor (SFF) is an excellent PC for running MythTV.

It's compact size, Core2 Duo CPU, and super-quiet operation make it an all-around great host for an HDTV card. A 200GB+-size drive is the bare minimum necessary if you want to store a variety of shows in HDTV.

A couple of minor notes regarding this PC.

The available PCI, PCI Express slots on the motherboard are half-height. That is, you cannot use an HDTV card, or PCI Express graphics card with a full-height bracket. There are a couple of ways to resolve this issue.

1. Order a PCI or PCI Express riser card to use with your full-height cards. HP's link with part numbers: http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12376_na/12376_na.HTML As an extra precaution, make sure the kit includes the back plate when you order from your favorite reseller.

2. Use low-profile cards. Low-profile cards are very common. In fact, many graphics adapters include a low-profile plate in the box for just this reason. Hauppauge's newer cards can fit in the low-profile slots. It's unclear if Hauppauge includes a low-profile case bracket. [May 2009] I have taken delivery of a Hauppauge Nova-T 500 which included a low profile case bracket.