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Anonymous
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July 6, 2004 9:09:21 PM

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Hello all!

Well, I'm ready to try to build my first compu, but need a little help
getting started. I'd really appreciate any guidance!

I'd like to build a quiet, slim computer, with the form factor of a
piece of home theater equipment like a DVD player. I'm planning on
having it in the entertainment center under the TV, ONLY for use as a
media player - Photos, Music, Videos, and possibly DVDs. I already
have a TiVo so I would be doing any PVR stuff with it.

I'm determined to build this thing for less than $400, since it really
is just a media server which will plug into my TV.

Here are some ideas I have:
Antec Minuet case
EPIA ME6000 - 600Mhz Fanless Eden CPU
80gb 7200 RPM hard drive
Video card with TV-out
No optical drive (or possibly DVD drive if cost effective)

.... that kind of idea

Can anyone help me with this kind of setup? I'd especially appreciate
pointing me toward any books that could help me build something like
this - most books seem to cover building full size PCs for everyday
use.. not media pc things like what I suggest.

Also, any hardware suggestions would really be appreciated too.

Thanks for anything!

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Anonymous
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July 6, 2004 9:09:22 PM

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Brazil wrote:

> I'd like to build a quiet, slim computer, with the form factor of a
> piece of home theater equipment like a DVD player. I'm planning on
> having it in the entertainment center under the TV, ONLY for use as a
> media player - Photos, Music, Videos, and possibly DVDs. I already
> have a TiVo so I would be doing any PVR stuff with it.

http://www.sleekline.com/
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 6, 2004 9:09:22 PM

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Brazil wrote:

> Hello all!
>
> Well, I'm ready to try to build my first compu, but need a little help
> getting started. I'd really appreciate any guidance!
>
> I'd like to build a quiet, slim computer, with the form factor of a
> piece of home theater equipment like a DVD player. I'm planning on
> having it in the entertainment center under the TV, ONLY for use as a
> media player - Photos, Music, Videos, and possibly DVDs. I already
> have a TiVo so I would be doing any PVR stuff with it.
>
> I'm determined to build this thing for less than $400, since it really
> is just a media server which will plug into my TV.
>
> Here are some ideas I have:
> Antec Minuet case
> EPIA ME6000 - 600Mhz Fanless Eden CPU
> 80gb 7200 RPM hard drive
> Video card with TV-out
> No optical drive (or possibly DVD drive if cost effective)
>
> ... that kind of idea
>
> Can anyone help me with this kind of setup? I'd especially appreciate
> pointing me toward any books that could help me build something like
> this - most books seem to cover building full size PCs for everyday
> use.. not media pc things like what I suggest.
>
> Also, any hardware suggestions would really be appreciated too.
>
> Thanks for anything!
>
> --/|/--
>

Those VIA EPIA mobos are cute, and quiet, but they are very poor
performers. Might be okay for playback only but if you ever want to record,
as in adding a TV Tuner, or encode video then you're going to be wishing
you had a LOT more processor power and, even though you have a TIVO, a
dedicated 400 buck box that can't handle that too is rather expensive, IMO.

I like the Antec Minuet too but if cost is a concern you could shave a few
bucks off by checking pricewatch for 'book' or 'slim' cases. AOpen and
Inwin both make them. Fortunately I don't see them listed any more but, in
case you find one, the Linkworld book sized case is one to stay away from
as the PSU just flat out dies after a while. I gave up on mine after the
second one, replaced under warrantee, went south. Dern shame because it's a
cute case and the smallest microATX slim out there (I was doing the same
thing you're trying, 'VCR sized') but the PSU is proprietary and if it
don't work then the rest of it is useless.

Directron.com has a section for 'slim' devices, such as display and network
cards, etc., that either come as or can be changed to half height mounting
for the under 5 inch high cases. AOpen also has a section for that kind of
thing.
Related resources
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 12:05:43 AM

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On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 12:36:18 -0700, ric <nospam@home.com> wrote:

>Brazil wrote:
>
>> I'd like to build a quiet, slim computer, with the form factor of a
>> piece of home theater equipment like a DVD player. I'm planning on
>> having it in the entertainment center under the TV, ONLY for use as a
>> media player - Photos, Music, Videos, and possibly DVDs. I already
>> have a TiVo so I would be doing any PVR stuff with it.
>
>http://www.sleekline.com/

Thanks for the link. Unfortunately, those computer are WAY more
powerful than what I need to do, and also out of my price range. I
don't need any actual computing ability other than photos, music, and
movies. Also, I'd like to build it myself.

Other ideas?
Anonymous
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July 7, 2004 1:01:08 AM

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Brazil wrote:

> On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 12:36:18 -0700, ric <nospam@home.com> wrote:
>
>
>>Brazil wrote:
>>
>>
>>>I'd like to build a quiet, slim computer, with the form factor of a
>>>piece of home theater equipment like a DVD player. I'm planning on
>>>having it in the entertainment center under the TV, ONLY for use as a
>>>media player - Photos, Music, Videos, and possibly DVDs. I already
>>>have a TiVo so I would be doing any PVR stuff with it.
>>
>>http://www.sleekline.com/
>
>
> Thanks for the link. Unfortunately, those computer are WAY more
> powerful than what I need to do, and also out of my price range. I
> don't need any actual computing ability other than photos, music, and
> movies. Also, I'd like to build it myself.
>
> Other ideas?

The Asus Pundit is a pretty nice quiet, small system.
The form factor is vertical, though.

The cost is under $150 and it has a lot of stuff onboard, like USB2,
Firewire, card readers, PCMCIA, audio + spdif-in/out, video, TV-out,
LAN. Just add HD, RAM, CPU, and an optical drive if you need it.

The onboard graphics is an SIS chip, so don't expect any fancy 3D
graphics. You'd probably want a Celeron for the CPU, which should
suffice as you say it doesn't need much processing power. I use one for
a MythTV machine and I am very happy with my choice.


-WD
Anonymous
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July 7, 2004 1:26:13 AM

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On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 21:01:08 GMT, Will Dormann
<wdormann@yahoo.com.invalid> wrote:


>The Asus Pundit is a pretty nice quiet, small system.
>The form factor is vertical, though.
>
>The cost is under $150 and it has a lot of stuff onboard, like USB2,
>Firewire, card readers, PCMCIA, audio + spdif-in/out, video, TV-out,
>LAN. Just add HD, RAM, CPU, and an optical drive if you need it.
>
>The onboard graphics is an SIS chip, so don't expect any fancy 3D
>graphics. You'd probably want a Celeron for the CPU, which should
>suffice as you say it doesn't need much processing power. I use one for
>a MythTV machine and I am very happy with my choice.
>

Ah - this looks great! If I added a DVD drive, would I be able to get
audio out via digital coax?

Also, any suggestions on keeping it cool and quiet?

Finally, any suggestions on where to buy?

thanks for everything!
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 1:27:18 AM

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On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 20:05:43 GMT, Brazil <n@y.com> wrote:

>On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 12:36:18 -0700, ric <nospam@home.com> wrote:
>
>>Brazil wrote:
>>
>>> I'd like to build a quiet, slim computer, with the form factor of a
>>> piece of home theater equipment like a DVD player. I'm planning on
>>> having it in the entertainment center under the TV, ONLY for use as a
>>> media player - Photos, Music, Videos, and possibly DVDs. I already
>>> have a TiVo so I would be doing any PVR stuff with it.
>>
>>http://www.sleekline.com/
>
>Thanks for the link. Unfortunately, those computer are WAY more
>powerful than what I need to do, and also out of my price range. I
>don't need any actual computing ability other than photos, music, and
>movies. Also, I'd like to build it myself.
>
>Other ideas?

You might be quite disappointed with a Via 600MHz CPU, they're
questionable for DVD playback or many other tasks. As someone
who's been down the HTPC road and also pre-planned only enough
CPU power that I "thought" would be needed, I will advise you to
plan for a lot more power than you actually need, and do not use
a CPU that doesn't HALT-Idle well (Athlon/Duron), so the
performance is there when you need it, but it still runs cool
when you don't. The ideal CPU for your project might be a P3
733, which with it's 133MHz FSB will allow integrated video with
133MHz memory bus. You wrote about a video card, but in such a
small system you are quite limited in what you can have, as a
miniATX will have only 1 PCI slot, and low-quality sound, so
already you have potential need for two cards.

Basically you already chose a case so now the next step is seeing
what motherboards are available to fit in that case, and being
very critical of the integrated components, whether you'll
actually be happy with them or if the end result is instead just
a very tiny system that is substandard at all the things you
wanted to do with it.

OEM slimline might be the way to go, as they may have low profile
but also a riser to allow more than 1 PCI slot. Even if you
didn't like the case, it might be painted to match or the parts
removed and mounted in your preferred case instead. In the past
I've generally tried to avoid such systems, at least those new
enough to be suitable for your needs, so i can't advise on
available makes or models.
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 1:40:10 AM

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On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 15:58:34 -0500, David Maynard <dNOTmayn@ev1.net>
wrote:


>Those VIA EPIA mobos are cute, and quiet, but they are very poor
>performers. Might be okay for playback only but if you ever want to record,
>as in adding a TV Tuner, or encode video then you're going to be wishing
>you had a LOT more processor power and, even though you have a TIVO, a
>dedicated 400 buck box that can't handle that too is rather expensive, IMO.
>
>I like the Antec Minuet too but if cost is a concern you could shave a few
>bucks off by checking pricewatch for 'book' or 'slim' cases. AOpen and
>Inwin both make them. Fortunately I don't see them listed any more but, in
>case you find one, the Linkworld book sized case is one to stay away from
>as the PSU just flat out dies after a while. I gave up on mine after the
>second one, replaced under warrantee, went south. Dern shame because it's a
>cute case and the smallest microATX slim out there (I was doing the same
>thing you're trying, 'VCR sized') but the PSU is proprietary and if it
>don't work then the rest of it is useless.
>
>Directron.com has a section for 'slim' devices, such as display and network
>cards, etc., that either come as or can be changed to half height mounting
>for the under 5 inch high cases. AOpen also has a section for that kind of
>thing.
>

Thanks for the tips!
Now I'm looking into the ASUS pundit setup, with a cheap CPU.
Any suggestions on this?

thanks!
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 1:40:11 AM

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Brazil wrote:

> On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 15:58:34 -0500, David Maynard <dNOTmayn@ev1.net>
> wrote:
>
>
>
>>Those VIA EPIA mobos are cute, and quiet, but they are very poor
>>performers. Might be okay for playback only but if you ever want to record,
>>as in adding a TV Tuner, or encode video then you're going to be wishing
>>you had a LOT more processor power and, even though you have a TIVO, a
>>dedicated 400 buck box that can't handle that too is rather expensive, IMO.
>>
>>I like the Antec Minuet too but if cost is a concern you could shave a few
>>bucks off by checking pricewatch for 'book' or 'slim' cases. AOpen and
>>Inwin both make them. Fortunately I don't see them listed any more but, in
>>case you find one, the Linkworld book sized case is one to stay away from
>>as the PSU just flat out dies after a while. I gave up on mine after the
>>second one, replaced under warrantee, went south. Dern shame because it's a
>>cute case and the smallest microATX slim out there (I was doing the same
>>thing you're trying, 'VCR sized') but the PSU is proprietary and if it
>>don't work then the rest of it is useless.
>>
>>Directron.com has a section for 'slim' devices, such as display and network
>>cards, etc., that either come as or can be changed to half height mounting
>>for the under 5 inch high cases. AOpen also has a section for that kind of
>>thing.
>>
>
>
> Thanks for the tips!
> Now I'm looking into the ASUS pundit setup, with a cheap CPU.
> Any suggestions on this?
>
> thanks!
>

Well, the pundit, at least the one I know about, is Intel based and 'cheap'
just isn't part of the P4 vocabulary.

If I were doing it again I'd look for something that can take an AMD mobile
(meaning a mATX mobo that can set the multiplier as the mobile comes up in
low power mode on a desktop mobo), because of their low power consumption
(point being quiet CPU fan), plus they can be overclocked to 3200+ speeds
if one decides they need it.

The AMD mobile 2400+, 2500+, and 2600+ all have the 'barton' core with 512K
cache and that's not too shabby.

Btw, "MP" is NOT the mobile, that's the 'M'ulti'P'rocessor XP.

I don't know if newegg still has them but I got a mobile 2400+ 'refurb'
from them that I have running 3400+ on 200MHz FSB, but it isn't using the
normal low power Vcore to get there. I had to bump it up to something like
1.8 volts.
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 1:44:50 AM

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On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 15:58:34 -0500, David Maynard
<dNOTmayn@ev1.net> wrote:

<snip>

>I like the Antec Minuet too but if cost is a concern you could shave a few
>bucks off by checking pricewatch for 'book' or 'slim' cases. AOpen and
>Inwin both make them. Fortunately I don't see them listed any more but, in
>case you find one, the Linkworld book sized case is one to stay away from
>as the PSU just flat out dies after a while. I gave up on mine after the
>second one, replaced under warrantee, went south. Dern shame because it's a
>cute case and the smallest microATX slim out there (I was doing the same
>thing you're trying, 'VCR sized') but the PSU is proprietary and if it
>don't work then the rest of it is useless.
>
>Directron.com has a section for 'slim' devices, such as display and network
>cards, etc., that either come as or can be changed to half height mounting
>for the under 5 inch high cases. AOpen also has a section for that kind of
>thing.
>

For a while now there's been a place on ebay selling old IBM
Netvista cases dirt-cheap. I won a couple auctions at < $10 ea.
almost a year ago, am amazed that they still have some available.
The cases do require a bit of work, like drilling a hole or two
for any front-panel jacks or infrared, and likely a power supply
harness extension, but they are adequate for a low-powered SFF
miniATX, though a bit deep. Don't remember the dimensions at the
moment though, think they're approx 12W x 15L x 3.5H (inches).

They include an ACBel 90W PSU, somewhat like a small 1U psu
rotated 90' with a side fan, which has been adequate for a couple
builds running Celeron o'c to 900-1GHz, 1 HDD, DVD. The HDD
cooling isn't too good though, ended up using a 5K4 RPM model and
pointing a 60mm fan at it. Mine has only been running about a
dozen months, no idea if PSU has a good lifespan but if that's a
concern, at < $10 each it might be good to buy a couple. If the
PSU IS good, it alone might be worth cost of whole case.

The ones I bought weren't painted on the side, but I heard from
others that the paint will come off with some thinner, without
taking off the case finish.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=...
(several other listings found searching "IBM Netvista Case")
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 1:44:51 AM

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kony wrote:

> On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 15:58:34 -0500, David Maynard
> <dNOTmayn@ev1.net> wrote:
>
> <snip>
>
>>I like the Antec Minuet too but if cost is a concern you could shave a few
>>bucks off by checking pricewatch for 'book' or 'slim' cases. AOpen and
>>Inwin both make them. Fortunately I don't see them listed any more but, in
>>case you find one, the Linkworld book sized case is one to stay away from
>>as the PSU just flat out dies after a while. I gave up on mine after the
>>second one, replaced under warrantee, went south. Dern shame because it's a
>>cute case and the smallest microATX slim out there (I was doing the same
>>thing you're trying, 'VCR sized') but the PSU is proprietary and if it
>>don't work then the rest of it is useless.
>>
>>Directron.com has a section for 'slim' devices, such as display and network
>>cards, etc., that either come as or can be changed to half height mounting
>>for the under 5 inch high cases. AOpen also has a section for that kind of
>>thing.
>>
>
>
> For a while now there's been a place on ebay selling old IBM
> Netvista cases dirt-cheap. I won a couple auctions at < $10 ea.
> almost a year ago, am amazed that they still have some available.
> The cases do require a bit of work, like drilling a hole or two
> for any front-panel jacks or infrared, and likely a power supply
> harness extension, but they are adequate for a low-powered SFF
> miniATX, though a bit deep. Don't remember the dimensions at the
> moment though, think they're approx 12W x 15L x 3.5H (inches).
>
> They include an ACBel 90W PSU, somewhat like a small 1U psu
> rotated 90' with a side fan, which has been adequate for a couple
> builds running Celeron o'c to 900-1GHz, 1 HDD, DVD. The HDD
> cooling isn't too good though, ended up using a 5K4 RPM model and
> pointing a 60mm fan at it. Mine has only been running about a
> dozen months, no idea if PSU has a good lifespan but if that's a
> concern, at < $10 each it might be good to buy a couple. If the
> PSU IS good, it alone might be worth cost of whole case.
>
> The ones I bought weren't painted on the side, but I heard from
> others that the paint will come off with some thinner, without
> taking off the case finish.
>
> http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=...
> (several other listings found searching "IBM Netvista Case")

Cute case but I doubt 90 watts would handle my 1.3 gig tualatin.

Since you've had it open, will it take a mATX mobo or is it flex, as they
have been 'told'?

I'd still go for it if it will take a regular 1U PSU, which would mean I
could by a more powerful one.
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 2:01:26 AM

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On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 21:27:18 GMT, kony <spam@spam.com> wrote:

>You might be quite disappointed with a Via 600MHz CPU, they're
>questionable for DVD playback or many other tasks. As someone
>who's been down the HTPC road and also pre-planned only enough
>CPU power that I "thought" would be needed, I will advise you to
>plan for a lot more power than you actually need, and do not use
>a CPU that doesn't HALT-Idle well (Athlon/Duron), so the
>performance is there when you need it, but it still runs cool
>when you don't. The ideal CPU for your project might be a P3
>733, which with it's 133MHz FSB will allow integrated video with
>133MHz memory bus. You wrote about a video card, but in such a
>small system you are quite limited in what you can have, as a
>miniATX will have only 1 PCI slot, and low-quality sound, so
>already you have potential need for two cards.
>
>Basically you already chose a case so now the next step is seeing
>what motherboards are available to fit in that case, and being
>very critical of the integrated components, whether you'll
>actually be happy with them or if the end result is instead just
>a very tiny system that is substandard at all the things you
>wanted to do with it.
>
>OEM slimline might be the way to go, as they may have low profile
>but also a riser to allow more than 1 PCI slot. Even if you
>didn't like the case, it might be painted to match or the parts
>removed and mounted in your preferred case instead. In the past
>I've generally tried to avoid such systems, at least those new
>enough to be suitable for your needs, so i can't advise on
>available makes or models.

Thanks for the info!

What does everyone think of putting a P3 733mhz chip in the ASUS
Pundit? Would this be sufficient for my meager needs?

thanks again
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 2:01:27 AM

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Brazil wrote:

> On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 21:27:18 GMT, kony <spam@spam.com> wrote:
>
>
>>You might be quite disappointed with a Via 600MHz CPU, they're
>>questionable for DVD playback or many other tasks. As someone
>>who's been down the HTPC road and also pre-planned only enough
>>CPU power that I "thought" would be needed, I will advise you to
>>plan for a lot more power than you actually need, and do not use
>>a CPU that doesn't HALT-Idle well (Athlon/Duron), so the
>>performance is there when you need it, but it still runs cool
>>when you don't. The ideal CPU for your project might be a P3
>>733, which with it's 133MHz FSB will allow integrated video with
>>133MHz memory bus. You wrote about a video card, but in such a
>>small system you are quite limited in what you can have, as a
>>miniATX will have only 1 PCI slot, and low-quality sound, so
>>already you have potential need for two cards.
>>
>>Basically you already chose a case so now the next step is seeing
>>what motherboards are available to fit in that case, and being
>>very critical of the integrated components, whether you'll
>>actually be happy with them or if the end result is instead just
>>a very tiny system that is substandard at all the things you
>>wanted to do with it.
>>
>>OEM slimline might be the way to go, as they may have low profile
>>but also a riser to allow more than 1 PCI slot. Even if you
>>didn't like the case, it might be painted to match or the parts
>>removed and mounted in your preferred case instead. In the past
>>I've generally tried to avoid such systems, at least those new
>>enough to be suitable for your needs, so i can't advise on
>>available makes or models.
>
>
> Thanks for the info!
>
> What does everyone think of putting a P3 733mhz chip in the ASUS
> Pundit? Would this be sufficient for my meager needs?

You're going to have a heck of a time banging a P3 into a P4 socket, not to
mention it won't work even if you managed to get it in there.

If you want to go 'P3' then you'll need a different motherboard, but for
about the same price as the 733 you'd be better off with a tualatin celeron
in either 1.3 or 1.4 gig. They're essentially P3s, but faster and lower
power as they're the newer .13 micron process vs the coppermine P3 .18
micron. Of course, you use most of that power back up by being twice as
fast. You could, however, under-clock it on a 66Mhz FSB to lower power
consumption, if you felt the need, and still be over 850 MHz.

The tualatin, btw, happens to be what I used for my HTPC, a 1.3 gig
tualatin celeron, because my criteria was 'how cheap can I do it?', and I
had a 19 buck mATX motherboard that I modified to accept it.
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 2:02:13 AM

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Brazil wrote:

> On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 21:01:08 GMT, Will Dormann
> <wdormann@yahoo.com.invalid> wrote:
>
>
>
>>The Asus Pundit is a pretty nice quiet, small system.
>>The form factor is vertical, though.
>
>
> Ah - this looks great! If I added a DVD drive, would I be able to get
> audio out via digital coax?

Yeah, I don't see why not. I don't have a receiver that does digital
input, though, so I haven't done this myself. Keep in mind, though,
playing a DVD on a PC and outputting to a standard interlaced TV will
never look as good as a "real" component DVD player. Virtually all
computer TV-out functionality will destroy the image's original
interlacing. (This SIS chipset included). Then there's the whole VSYNC
thing which means that the frames being pumped out by your video card
aren't guaranteed to be in sync with the television's scan frequency.
Both of these issues will detract from the ability to output smooth
video.

Supposedly with some of the nVidia graphics cards and the proper Linux
drivers, it can do "true" interlaced output and also do VSYNC
correction. I don't have an nVidia card to try out in my machine, so I
can't say what kind of difference this makes. In Windows, I'm not sure
what cards do proper interlaced output. A component DVD player will
have the circuitry to handle VSYNC and interlacing, so it will always
look good.

Just to clear things up, any PC with TV-out will output an interlaced
video signal. Otherwise it wouldn't be NTSC or PAL compatible. The
key feature that I'm talking about here is if you are playing an
interlaced video on your PC. Ideally, in the process of outputting
that interlaced video to the TV, the chip should retain the video's
original interlacing and output it as-is. i.e. one field at a time.
But most TV-out chips will do some sort of scaling or processing of the
video before sending it to the TV. Therefore if you try to output an
interlaced video to the TV, it'll look like one of the first two
examples here:
http://www.100fps.com/

If this is the case, you'll need to deinterlace any video. This will
require extra CPU cycles.


> Also, any suggestions on keeping it cool and quiet?

Enable Q-Fan in the BIOS. End of story.


> Finally, any suggestions on where to buy?

Try froogle.google.com
Sort by price
cross-reference company with www.resellerratings.com


-WD
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 2:02:25 AM

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Does that CPU supports SSE instructions? If you whant to use the system for
DVD decoding, it's really important to have so.
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 2:05:28 AM

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Brazil wrote:

> Thanks for the info!
>
> What does everyone think of putting a P3 733mhz chip in the ASUS
> Pundit? Would this be sufficient for my meager needs?

Won't fit. Not without a hammer.


-WD
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 2:09:33 AM

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Brazil wrote:

> On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 15:58:34 -0500, David Maynard <dNOTmayn@ev1.net>
> wrote:
>
> Thanks for the tips!
> Now I'm looking into the ASUS pundit setup, with a cheap CPU.
> Any suggestions on this?

If you've decided on the Pundit, a cheap CPU would be the Celeron
2.4GHz. Don't let the GHz deceive you, though. It's a very low-end
chip. But it's relatively inexpensive as Intel chips go. Around $68
right now.

-WD
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 2:18:12 AM

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In article <10embql34a9t8ac@corp.supernews.com>,
David Maynard <dNOTmayn@ev1.net> wrote:
>Brazil wrote:
>
>> On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 21:27:18 GMT, kony <spam@spam.com> wrote:
>>
>>
>>>You might be quite disappointed with a Via 600MHz CPU, they're
>>>questionable for DVD playback or many other tasks. As someone
>>>who's been down the HTPC road and also pre-planned only enough
>>>CPU power that I "thought" would be needed, I will advise you to
>>>plan for a lot more power than you actually need, and do not use
>>>a CPU that doesn't HALT-Idle well (Athlon/Duron), so the
>>>performance is there when you need it, but it still runs cool
>>>when you don't. The ideal CPU for your project might be a P3
>>>733, which with it's 133MHz FSB will allow integrated video with
>>>133MHz memory bus. You wrote about a video card, but in such a
>>>small system you are quite limited in what you can have, as a
>>>miniATX will have only 1 PCI slot, and low-quality sound, so
>>>already you have potential need for two cards.
>>>
>>>Basically you already chose a case so now the next step is seeing
>>>what motherboards are available to fit in that case, and being
>>>very critical of the integrated components, whether you'll
>>>actually be happy with them or if the end result is instead just
>>>a very tiny system that is substandard at all the things you
>>>wanted to do with it.
>>>
>>>OEM slimline might be the way to go, as they may have low profile
>>>but also a riser to allow more than 1 PCI slot. Even if you
>>>didn't like the case, it might be painted to match or the parts
>>>removed and mounted in your preferred case instead. In the past
>>>I've generally tried to avoid such systems, at least those new
>>>enough to be suitable for your needs, so i can't advise on
>>>available makes or models.
>>
>>
>> Thanks for the info!
>>
>> What does everyone think of putting a P3 733mhz chip in the ASUS
>> Pundit? Would this be sufficient for my meager needs?
>
>You're going to have a heck of a time banging a P3 into a P4 socket, not to
>mention it won't work even if you managed to get it in there.
>
>If you want to go 'P3' then you'll need a different motherboard, but for
>about the same price as the 733 you'd be better off with a tualatin celeron
>in either 1.3 or 1.4 gig. They're essentially P3s, but faster and lower
>power as they're the newer .13 micron process vs the coppermine P3 .18
>micron. Of course, you use most of that power back up by being twice as
>fast. You could, however, under-clock it on a 66Mhz FSB to lower power
>consumption, if you felt the need, and still be over 850 MHz.
>
>The tualatin, btw, happens to be what I used for my HTPC, a 1.3 gig
>tualatin celeron, because my criteria was 'how cheap can I do it?', and I
>had a 19 buck mATX motherboard that I modified to accept it.
>
>


Does every Celeron 1.4Ghz CPU use 13 micron process ?
Are any of the faster Celeron CPUs also 13 micron ?

CPU models confuse me. I don't shop to them very often.

Thanks



--
Al Dykes
-----------
adykes at p a n i x . c o m
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 2:18:13 AM

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Al Dykes wrote:

> In article <10embql34a9t8ac@corp.supernews.com>,
> David Maynard <dNOTmayn@ev1.net> wrote:
>
>>Brazil wrote:
>>
>>
>>>On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 21:27:18 GMT, kony <spam@spam.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>>You might be quite disappointed with a Via 600MHz CPU, they're
>>>>questionable for DVD playback or many other tasks. As someone
>>>>who's been down the HTPC road and also pre-planned only enough
>>>>CPU power that I "thought" would be needed, I will advise you to
>>>>plan for a lot more power than you actually need, and do not use
>>>>a CPU that doesn't HALT-Idle well (Athlon/Duron), so the
>>>>performance is there when you need it, but it still runs cool
>>>>when you don't. The ideal CPU for your project might be a P3
>>>>733, which with it's 133MHz FSB will allow integrated video with
>>>>133MHz memory bus. You wrote about a video card, but in such a
>>>>small system you are quite limited in what you can have, as a
>>>>miniATX will have only 1 PCI slot, and low-quality sound, so
>>>>already you have potential need for two cards.
>>>>
>>>>Basically you already chose a case so now the next step is seeing
>>>>what motherboards are available to fit in that case, and being
>>>>very critical of the integrated components, whether you'll
>>>>actually be happy with them or if the end result is instead just
>>>>a very tiny system that is substandard at all the things you
>>>>wanted to do with it.
>>>>
>>>>OEM slimline might be the way to go, as they may have low profile
>>>>but also a riser to allow more than 1 PCI slot. Even if you
>>>>didn't like the case, it might be painted to match or the parts
>>>>removed and mounted in your preferred case instead. In the past
>>>>I've generally tried to avoid such systems, at least those new
>>>>enough to be suitable for your needs, so i can't advise on
>>>>available makes or models.
>>>
>>>
>>>Thanks for the info!
>>>
>>>What does everyone think of putting a P3 733mhz chip in the ASUS
>>>Pundit? Would this be sufficient for my meager needs?
>>
>>You're going to have a heck of a time banging a P3 into a P4 socket, not to
>>mention it won't work even if you managed to get it in there.
>>
>>If you want to go 'P3' then you'll need a different motherboard, but for
>>about the same price as the 733 you'd be better off with a tualatin celeron
>>in either 1.3 or 1.4 gig. They're essentially P3s, but faster and lower
>>power as they're the newer .13 micron process vs the coppermine P3 .18
>>micron. Of course, you use most of that power back up by being twice as
>>fast. You could, however, under-clock it on a 66Mhz FSB to lower power
>>consumption, if you felt the need, and still be over 850 MHz.
>>
>>The tualatin, btw, happens to be what I used for my HTPC, a 1.3 gig
>>tualatin celeron, because my criteria was 'how cheap can I do it?', and I
>>had a 19 buck mATX motherboard that I modified to accept it.
>>
>>
>
>
>
> Does every Celeron 1.4Ghz CPU use 13 micron process ?
> Are any of the faster Celeron CPUs also 13 micron ?
>
> CPU models confuse me. I don't shop to them very often.
>
> Thanks
>
>
>

Yes, they're all tualatins and .13. The first celeron from the P4 core is
1.7 gig, and .13 micron too.
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 2:24:31 AM

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On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 22:02:13 GMT, Will Dormann
<wdormann@yahoo.com.invalid> wrote:

>Brazil wrote:
>
>> On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 21:01:08 GMT, Will Dormann
>> <wdormann@yahoo.com.invalid> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>>The Asus Pundit is a pretty nice quiet, small system.
>>>The form factor is vertical, though.
>>
>>
>> Ah - this looks great! If I added a DVD drive, would I be able to get
>> audio out via digital coax?
>
>Yeah, I don't see why not. I don't have a receiver that does digital
>input, though, so I haven't done this myself. Keep in mind, though,
>playing a DVD on a PC and outputting to a standard interlaced TV will
>never look as good as a "real" component DVD player. Virtually all
>computer TV-out functionality will destroy the image's original
>interlacing. (This SIS chipset included). Then there's the whole VSYNC
>thing which means that the frames being pumped out by your video card
>aren't guaranteed to be in sync with the television's scan frequency.
>Both of these issues will detract from the ability to output smooth
>video.
>
>Supposedly with some of the nVidia graphics cards and the proper Linux
>drivers, it can do "true" interlaced output and also do VSYNC
>correction. I don't have an nVidia card to try out in my machine, so I
>can't say what kind of difference this makes. In Windows, I'm not sure
>what cards do proper interlaced output. A component DVD player will
>have the circuitry to handle VSYNC and interlacing, so it will always
>look good.
>
>Just to clear things up, any PC with TV-out will output an interlaced
>video signal. Otherwise it wouldn't be NTSC or PAL compatible. The
>key feature that I'm talking about here is if you are playing an
>interlaced video on your PC. Ideally, in the process of outputting
>that interlaced video to the TV, the chip should retain the video's
>original interlacing and output it as-is. i.e. one field at a time.
>But most TV-out chips will do some sort of scaling or processing of the
>video before sending it to the TV. Therefore if you try to output an
>interlaced video to the TV, it'll look like one of the first two
>examples here:
>http://www.100fps.com/
>
>If this is the case, you'll need to deinterlace any video. This will
>require extra CPU cycles.
>
>
>> Also, any suggestions on keeping it cool and quiet?
>
>Enable Q-Fan in the BIOS. End of story.
>
>
>> Finally, any suggestions on where to buy?
>
>Try froogle.google.com
>Sort by price
>cross-reference company with www.resellerratings.com
>
>
>-WD

Dude, you rock. Thanks!
Ok, well, now I won't even bother with an optical drive - I'll keep
using the DVD player I have.

You think this setup would be o.k. for leaving on all the time?

Finally, for clarification, I would need to buy:
ASUS Pundit
CPU (someone in this forum recommended a P3 733hmz chip - thoughts on
this?)
RAM (Is 128 enough or should I go 256?)
HD

Nice n' easy. What do you think?

thanks again!
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 2:26:31 AM

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On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 22:09:33 GMT, Will Dormann
<wdormann@yahoo.com.invalid> wrote:

>Brazil wrote:
>
>> On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 15:58:34 -0500, David Maynard <dNOTmayn@ev1.net>
>> wrote:
>>
>> Thanks for the tips!
>> Now I'm looking into the ASUS pundit setup, with a cheap CPU.
>> Any suggestions on this?
>
>If you've decided on the Pundit, a cheap CPU would be the Celeron
>2.4GHz. Don't let the GHz deceive you, though. It's a very low-end
>chip. But it's relatively inexpensive as Intel chips go. Around $68
>right now.
>
>-WD

Wow - we're almost IMing each other. Thanks for replying so quickly!

So no P3. Do you think the Celeron (or some AMD chip? would that
fit?) would be good enough? Should I get something a little pricier?
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 2:53:53 AM

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On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 17:43:05 -0500, David Maynard <dNOTmayn@ev1.net>
wrote:


>Well, the pundit, at least the one I know about, is Intel based and 'cheap'
>just isn't part of the P4 vocabulary.
>
>If I were doing it again I'd look for something that can take an AMD mobile
>(meaning a mATX mobo that can set the multiplier as the mobile comes up in
>low power mode on a desktop mobo), because of their low power consumption
>(point being quiet CPU fan), plus they can be overclocked to 3200+ speeds
>if one decides they need it.
>
>The AMD mobile 2400+, 2500+, and 2600+ all have the 'barton' core with 512K
>cache and that's not too shabby.
>
>Btw, "MP" is NOT the mobile, that's the 'M'ulti'P'rocessor XP.
>
>I don't know if newegg still has them but I got a mobile 2400+ 'refurb'
>from them that I have running 3400+ on 200MHz FSB, but it isn't using the
>normal low power Vcore to get there. I had to bump it up to something like
>1.8 volts.
>

This P4 is <$80 - i'm assuming it would work in the Pundit.
What do you think?

http://www.starmicro.net/detail.aspx?ID=123
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 2:53:54 AM

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Brazil wrote:

> On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 17:43:05 -0500, David Maynard <dNOTmayn@ev1.net>
> wrote:
>
>
>
>>Well, the pundit, at least the one I know about, is Intel based and 'cheap'
>>just isn't part of the P4 vocabulary.
>>
>>If I were doing it again I'd look for something that can take an AMD mobile
>>(meaning a mATX mobo that can set the multiplier as the mobile comes up in
>>low power mode on a desktop mobo), because of their low power consumption
>>(point being quiet CPU fan), plus they can be overclocked to 3200+ speeds
>>if one decides they need it.
>>
>>The AMD mobile 2400+, 2500+, and 2600+ all have the 'barton' core with 512K
>>cache and that's not too shabby.
>>
>>Btw, "MP" is NOT the mobile, that's the 'M'ulti'P'rocessor XP.
>>
>>I don't know if newegg still has them but I got a mobile 2400+ 'refurb'
>
>>from them that I have running 3400+ on 200MHz FSB, but it isn't using the
>
>>normal low power Vcore to get there. I had to bump it up to something like
>>1.8 volts.
>>
>
>
> This P4 is <$80 - i'm assuming it would work in the Pundit.
> What do you think?
>
> http://www.starmicro.net/detail.aspx?ID=123

A 423 pin P4 isn't going to go into a 478 pin socket, nor work, any better
than the P3 wouldn't have.

And the original issue P4s, like that one, are lousy performers. Even a 1.3
gig tualatin celeron will handily beat it and do so for half the price.
Anonymous
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July 7, 2004 3:11:43 AM

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Brazil wrote:
> Wow - we're almost IMing each other. Thanks for replying so quickly!
>
> So no P3. Do you think the Celeron (or some AMD chip? would that
> fit?) would be good enough? Should I get something a little pricier?

No problem. The Pundit is Socket 478.
That means a P4 or a P4-Based Celeron will fit. Nothing else will.

The Celeron should be fine for light use. My 2.0GHz Celeron can play
back 720x480 MPEG2 video while performing a KernelDeint (more CPU
intensive than a simple blend deinterlace) and that will use up around
half of the CPU time. It will also play back 640x480 MPEG4 (XVID)
video without a hiccup. (I forget the CPU usage there, but it's also
pretty low).

The AMD line of chips is cheaper and faster, but if you've decided on
the Pundit that's not an option. At the time that I priced out my
MythTV machine I considered both AMD and Intel. While the AMD chips
were faster and cheaper, the cost and features of the Pundit machine
itself made me go Intel.

The sweet spot price-wise for the Celerons seems to be the 2.4GHz model.
The price difference of the chips from 1.8GHz through 2.4GHz is
almost non-existent.


-WD
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 3:16:01 AM

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On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 18:01:33 -0500, David Maynard <dNOTmayn@ev1.net>
wrote:

>Brazil wrote:
>
>> On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 21:27:18 GMT, kony <spam@spam.com> wrote:
>>
>>
>>>You might be quite disappointed with a Via 600MHz CPU, they're
>>>questionable for DVD playback or many other tasks. As someone
>>>who's been down the HTPC road and also pre-planned only enough
>>>CPU power that I "thought" would be needed, I will advise you to
>>>plan for a lot more power than you actually need, and do not use
>>>a CPU that doesn't HALT-Idle well (Athlon/Duron), so the
>>>performance is there when you need it, but it still runs cool
>>>when you don't. The ideal CPU for your project might be a P3
>>>733, which with it's 133MHz FSB will allow integrated video with
>>>133MHz memory bus. You wrote about a video card, but in such a
>>>small system you are quite limited in what you can have, as a
>>>miniATX will have only 1 PCI slot, and low-quality sound, so
>>>already you have potential need for two cards.
>>>
>>>Basically you already chose a case so now the next step is seeing
>>>what motherboards are available to fit in that case, and being
>>>very critical of the integrated components, whether you'll
>>>actually be happy with them or if the end result is instead just
>>>a very tiny system that is substandard at all the things you
>>>wanted to do with it.
>>>
>>>OEM slimline might be the way to go, as they may have low profile
>>>but also a riser to allow more than 1 PCI slot. Even if you
>>>didn't like the case, it might be painted to match or the parts
>>>removed and mounted in your preferred case instead. In the past
>>>I've generally tried to avoid such systems, at least those new
>>>enough to be suitable for your needs, so i can't advise on
>>>available makes or models.
>>
>>
>> Thanks for the info!
>>
>> What does everyone think of putting a P3 733mhz chip in the ASUS
>> Pundit? Would this be sufficient for my meager needs?
>
>You're going to have a heck of a time banging a P3 into a P4 socket, not to
>mention it won't work even if you managed to get it in there.
>
>If you want to go 'P3' then you'll need a different motherboard, but for
>about the same price as the 733 you'd be better off with a tualatin celeron
>in either 1.3 or 1.4 gig. They're essentially P3s, but faster and lower
>power as they're the newer .13 micron process vs the coppermine P3 .18
>micron. Of course, you use most of that power back up by being twice as
>fast. You could, however, under-clock it on a 66Mhz FSB to lower power
>consumption, if you felt the need, and still be over 850 MHz.
>
>The tualatin, btw, happens to be what I used for my HTPC, a 1.3 gig
>tualatin celeron, because my criteria was 'how cheap can I do it?', and I
>had a 19 buck mATX motherboard that I modified to accept it.
>

Do you think the celeron will be enough for photos, music, and videos?
Or is it worth the extra $50 or so for a true P4?
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 3:16:02 AM

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Brazil wrote:

> On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 18:01:33 -0500, David Maynard <dNOTmayn@ev1.net>
> wrote:
>
>
>>Brazil wrote:
>>
>>
>>>On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 21:27:18 GMT, kony <spam@spam.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>>You might be quite disappointed with a Via 600MHz CPU, they're
>>>>questionable for DVD playback or many other tasks. As someone
>>>>who's been down the HTPC road and also pre-planned only enough
>>>>CPU power that I "thought" would be needed, I will advise you to
>>>>plan for a lot more power than you actually need, and do not use
>>>>a CPU that doesn't HALT-Idle well (Athlon/Duron), so the
>>>>performance is there when you need it, but it still runs cool
>>>>when you don't. The ideal CPU for your project might be a P3
>>>>733, which with it's 133MHz FSB will allow integrated video with
>>>>133MHz memory bus. You wrote about a video card, but in such a
>>>>small system you are quite limited in what you can have, as a
>>>>miniATX will have only 1 PCI slot, and low-quality sound, so
>>>>already you have potential need for two cards.
>>>>
>>>>Basically you already chose a case so now the next step is seeing
>>>>what motherboards are available to fit in that case, and being
>>>>very critical of the integrated components, whether you'll
>>>>actually be happy with them or if the end result is instead just
>>>>a very tiny system that is substandard at all the things you
>>>>wanted to do with it.
>>>>
>>>>OEM slimline might be the way to go, as they may have low profile
>>>>but also a riser to allow more than 1 PCI slot. Even if you
>>>>didn't like the case, it might be painted to match or the parts
>>>>removed and mounted in your preferred case instead. In the past
>>>>I've generally tried to avoid such systems, at least those new
>>>>enough to be suitable for your needs, so i can't advise on
>>>>available makes or models.
>>>
>>>
>>>Thanks for the info!
>>>
>>>What does everyone think of putting a P3 733mhz chip in the ASUS
>>>Pundit? Would this be sufficient for my meager needs?
>>
>>You're going to have a heck of a time banging a P3 into a P4 socket, not to
>>mention it won't work even if you managed to get it in there.
>>
>>If you want to go 'P3' then you'll need a different motherboard, but for
>>about the same price as the 733 you'd be better off with a tualatin celeron
>>in either 1.3 or 1.4 gig. They're essentially P3s, but faster and lower
>>power as they're the newer .13 micron process vs the coppermine P3 .18
>>micron. Of course, you use most of that power back up by being twice as
>>fast. You could, however, under-clock it on a 66Mhz FSB to lower power
>>consumption, if you felt the need, and still be over 850 MHz.
>>
>>The tualatin, btw, happens to be what I used for my HTPC, a 1.3 gig
>>tualatin celeron, because my criteria was 'how cheap can I do it?', and I
>>had a 19 buck mATX motherboard that I modified to accept it.
>>
>
>
> Do you think the celeron will be enough for photos, music, and videos?
> Or is it worth the extra $50 or so for a true P4?

The tualatin celeron would be perfectly fine for what you're doing (why
else would I have picked it? ;)  but, as I mentioned in another post, I'd go
for an AMD mobile for a number of reasons. For one, it'll use DDR whereas
SDR SDRAM, which most P3/celeron motherboards use, costs at least twice as
much now as DDR so even though the mobile, itself, costs more it won't cost
much, if any, more by the time memory is taken into account, unless you
just happen to have a decent amount of PC100/133 lying around (I did). And
for about the same price it's twice as fast.

I wouldn't even consider a P4 because of the power consumption and cost.
Anonymous
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July 7, 2004 3:25:34 AM

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Brazil wrote:

> You think this setup would be o.k. for leaving on all the time?

Absolutely. Mine's pretty much on 24/7

> Finally, for clarification, I would need to buy:
> ASUS Pundit
> CPU
> RAM (Is 128 enough or should I go 256?)
> HD

The amount of RAM depends on what OS you're using and what you want to
do with it. A lightweight linux distro could easily get by with 128 or
less. Windows XP will probably be sluggish with 128. Win2k if
properly optimized should be fine with 128.

With my MythTV machine, I went with 512MB. I might have been able to
get by with 256, but RAM was cheap and I wanted to have some breathing
room. The reason I did 512 is because the machine is actually doing
guite a lot:
Gentoo Linux
mythfrontend (PVR playback)
mythbackend (PVR recording, database management)
MythTV Plugins : Video, News, Weather, Photo Gallery, Games (MAME, SNES,
NES)
XFree86 (GUI)
MySQL (SQL server)
Apache (Web server)
and more...



> Nice n' easy. What do you think?

Yup. Sounds good.

-WD
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 3:38:44 AM

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On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 23:25:34 GMT, Will Dormann
<wdormann@yahoo.com.invalid> wrote:

>Brazil wrote:
>
>> You think this setup would be o.k. for leaving on all the time?
>
>Absolutely. Mine's pretty much on 24/7
>
>> Finally, for clarification, I would need to buy:
>> ASUS Pundit
>> CPU
>> RAM (Is 128 enough or should I go 256?)
>> HD
>
>The amount of RAM depends on what OS you're using and what you want to
>do with it. A lightweight linux distro could easily get by with 128 or
>less. Windows XP will probably be sluggish with 128. Win2k if
>properly optimized should be fine with 128.
>
>With my MythTV machine, I went with 512MB. I might have been able to
>get by with 256, but RAM was cheap and I wanted to have some breathing
>room. The reason I did 512 is because the machine is actually doing
>guite a lot:
>Gentoo Linux
>mythfrontend (PVR playback)
>mythbackend (PVR recording, database management)
>MythTV Plugins : Video, News, Weather, Photo Gallery, Games (MAME, SNES,
>NES)
>XFree86 (GUI)
>MySQL (SQL server)
>Apache (Web server)
>and more...
>
>
>
>> Nice n' easy. What do you think?
>
>Yup. Sounds good.
>
>-WD

Well, I think I'm going to run XP, because I have a Snapstream firefly
remote that I like a lot, and I'm most comfortable with XP. So I
guess I'll do 256k or more.

I just remembered a big quesiton of mine:
How does one go about deciding what brand of memory and hard disk to
buy?
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 3:40:52 AM

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On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 18:36:46 -0500, David Maynard <dNOTmayn@ev1.net>
wrote:

>Brazil wrote:
>
>> On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 17:43:05 -0500, David Maynard <dNOTmayn@ev1.net>
>> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>>Well, the pundit, at least the one I know about, is Intel based and 'cheap'
>>>just isn't part of the P4 vocabulary.
>>>
>>>If I were doing it again I'd look for something that can take an AMD mobile
>>>(meaning a mATX mobo that can set the multiplier as the mobile comes up in
>>>low power mode on a desktop mobo), because of their low power consumption
>>>(point being quiet CPU fan), plus they can be overclocked to 3200+ speeds
>>>if one decides they need it.
>>>
>>>The AMD mobile 2400+, 2500+, and 2600+ all have the 'barton' core with 512K
>>>cache and that's not too shabby.
>>>
>>>Btw, "MP" is NOT the mobile, that's the 'M'ulti'P'rocessor XP.
>>>
>>>I don't know if newegg still has them but I got a mobile 2400+ 'refurb'
>>
>>>from them that I have running 3400+ on 200MHz FSB, but it isn't using the
>>
>>>normal low power Vcore to get there. I had to bump it up to something like
>>>1.8 volts.
>>>
>>
>>
>> This P4 is <$80 - i'm assuming it would work in the Pundit.
>> What do you think?
>>
>> http://www.starmicro.net/detail.aspx?ID=123
>
>A 423 pin P4 isn't going to go into a 478 pin socket, nor work, any better
>than the P3 wouldn't have.
>
>And the original issue P4s, like that one, are lousy performers. Even a 1.3
>gig tualatin celeron will handily beat it and do so for half the price.
>
>

I see. Ok, it's becoming clear to me.

Now, it looks like 2.4 gig celerons aren't all that expensive. Good
choice, you think? Or too much power consumption/heat for a box that
will always be on under the TV?
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 4:00:38 AM

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On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 18:45:32 -0500, David Maynard <dNOTmayn@ev1.net>
wrote:

>Brazil wrote:
>
>> On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 18:01:33 -0500, David Maynard <dNOTmayn@ev1.net>
>> wrote:
>>
>>
>>>Brazil wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>>On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 21:27:18 GMT, kony <spam@spam.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>You might be quite disappointed with a Via 600MHz CPU, they're
>>>>>questionable for DVD playback or many other tasks. As someone
>>>>>who's been down the HTPC road and also pre-planned only enough
>>>>>CPU power that I "thought" would be needed, I will advise you to
>>>>>plan for a lot more power than you actually need, and do not use
>>>>>a CPU that doesn't HALT-Idle well (Athlon/Duron), so the
>>>>>performance is there when you need it, but it still runs cool
>>>>>when you don't. The ideal CPU for your project might be a P3
>>>>>733, which with it's 133MHz FSB will allow integrated video with
>>>>>133MHz memory bus. You wrote about a video card, but in such a
>>>>>small system you are quite limited in what you can have, as a
>>>>>miniATX will have only 1 PCI slot, and low-quality sound, so
>>>>>already you have potential need for two cards.
>>>>>
>>>>>Basically you already chose a case so now the next step is seeing
>>>>>what motherboards are available to fit in that case, and being
>>>>>very critical of the integrated components, whether you'll
>>>>>actually be happy with them or if the end result is instead just
>>>>>a very tiny system that is substandard at all the things you
>>>>>wanted to do with it.
>>>>>
>>>>>OEM slimline might be the way to go, as they may have low profile
>>>>>but also a riser to allow more than 1 PCI slot. Even if you
>>>>>didn't like the case, it might be painted to match or the parts
>>>>>removed and mounted in your preferred case instead. In the past
>>>>>I've generally tried to avoid such systems, at least those new
>>>>>enough to be suitable for your needs, so i can't advise on
>>>>>available makes or models.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>Thanks for the info!
>>>>
>>>>What does everyone think of putting a P3 733mhz chip in the ASUS
>>>>Pundit? Would this be sufficient for my meager needs?
>>>
>>>You're going to have a heck of a time banging a P3 into a P4 socket, not to
>>>mention it won't work even if you managed to get it in there.
>>>
>>>If you want to go 'P3' then you'll need a different motherboard, but for
>>>about the same price as the 733 you'd be better off with a tualatin celeron
>>>in either 1.3 or 1.4 gig. They're essentially P3s, but faster and lower
>>>power as they're the newer .13 micron process vs the coppermine P3 .18
>>>micron. Of course, you use most of that power back up by being twice as
>>>fast. You could, however, under-clock it on a 66Mhz FSB to lower power
>>>consumption, if you felt the need, and still be over 850 MHz.
>>>
>>>The tualatin, btw, happens to be what I used for my HTPC, a 1.3 gig
>>>tualatin celeron, because my criteria was 'how cheap can I do it?', and I
>>>had a 19 buck mATX motherboard that I modified to accept it.
>>>
>>
>>
>> Do you think the celeron will be enough for photos, music, and videos?
>> Or is it worth the extra $50 or so for a true P4?
>
>The tualatin celeron would be perfectly fine for what you're doing (why
>else would I have picked it? ;)  but, as I mentioned in another post, I'd go
>for an AMD mobile for a number of reasons. For one, it'll use DDR whereas
>SDR SDRAM, which most P3/celeron motherboards use, costs at least twice as
>much now as DDR so even though the mobile, itself, costs more it won't cost
>much, if any, more by the time memory is taken into account, unless you
>just happen to have a decent amount of PC100/133 lying around (I did). And
>for about the same price it's twice as fast.
>
>I wouldn't even consider a P4 because of the power consumption and cost.
>

The AMD mobile won't fit into the ASUS Pundit though, right?

For minimal cost, I can get a higher speed celeron - what do you think
of that?
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 4:00:39 AM

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Brazil wrote:

> On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 18:45:32 -0500, David Maynard <dNOTmayn@ev1.net>
> wrote:
>
>
>>Brazil wrote:
>>
>>
>>>On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 18:01:33 -0500, David Maynard <dNOTmayn@ev1.net>
>>>wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>>Brazil wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 21:27:18 GMT, kony <spam@spam.com> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>>You might be quite disappointed with a Via 600MHz CPU, they're
>>>>>>questionable for DVD playback or many other tasks. As someone
>>>>>>who's been down the HTPC road and also pre-planned only enough
>>>>>>CPU power that I "thought" would be needed, I will advise you to
>>>>>>plan for a lot more power than you actually need, and do not use
>>>>>>a CPU that doesn't HALT-Idle well (Athlon/Duron), so the
>>>>>>performance is there when you need it, but it still runs cool
>>>>>>when you don't. The ideal CPU for your project might be a P3
>>>>>>733, which with it's 133MHz FSB will allow integrated video with
>>>>>>133MHz memory bus. You wrote about a video card, but in such a
>>>>>>small system you are quite limited in what you can have, as a
>>>>>>miniATX will have only 1 PCI slot, and low-quality sound, so
>>>>>>already you have potential need for two cards.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>Basically you already chose a case so now the next step is seeing
>>>>>>what motherboards are available to fit in that case, and being
>>>>>>very critical of the integrated components, whether you'll
>>>>>>actually be happy with them or if the end result is instead just
>>>>>>a very tiny system that is substandard at all the things you
>>>>>>wanted to do with it.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>OEM slimline might be the way to go, as they may have low profile
>>>>>>but also a riser to allow more than 1 PCI slot. Even if you
>>>>>>didn't like the case, it might be painted to match or the parts
>>>>>>removed and mounted in your preferred case instead. In the past
>>>>>>I've generally tried to avoid such systems, at least those new
>>>>>>enough to be suitable for your needs, so i can't advise on
>>>>>>available makes or models.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>Thanks for the info!
>>>>>
>>>>>What does everyone think of putting a P3 733mhz chip in the ASUS
>>>>>Pundit? Would this be sufficient for my meager needs?
>>>>
>>>>You're going to have a heck of a time banging a P3 into a P4 socket, not to
>>>>mention it won't work even if you managed to get it in there.
>>>>
>>>>If you want to go 'P3' then you'll need a different motherboard, but for
>>>>about the same price as the 733 you'd be better off with a tualatin celeron
>>>>in either 1.3 or 1.4 gig. They're essentially P3s, but faster and lower
>>>>power as they're the newer .13 micron process vs the coppermine P3 .18
>>>>micron. Of course, you use most of that power back up by being twice as
>>>>fast. You could, however, under-clock it on a 66Mhz FSB to lower power
>>>>consumption, if you felt the need, and still be over 850 MHz.
>>>>
>>>>The tualatin, btw, happens to be what I used for my HTPC, a 1.3 gig
>>>>tualatin celeron, because my criteria was 'how cheap can I do it?', and I
>>>>had a 19 buck mATX motherboard that I modified to accept it.
>>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>Do you think the celeron will be enough for photos, music, and videos?
>>>Or is it worth the extra $50 or so for a true P4?
>>
>>The tualatin celeron would be perfectly fine for what you're doing (why
>>else would I have picked it? ;)  but, as I mentioned in another post, I'd go
>>for an AMD mobile for a number of reasons. For one, it'll use DDR whereas
>>SDR SDRAM, which most P3/celeron motherboards use, costs at least twice as
>>much now as DDR so even though the mobile, itself, costs more it won't cost
>>much, if any, more by the time memory is taken into account, unless you
>>just happen to have a decent amount of PC100/133 lying around (I did). And
>>for about the same price it's twice as fast.
>>
>>I wouldn't even consider a P4 because of the power consumption and cost.
>>
>
>
> The AMD mobile won't fit into the ASUS Pundit though, right?

Not on that motherboard, of course not.


> For minimal cost, I can get a higher speed celeron - what do you think
> of that?

I think it's fine since you seem to have decided based on the case and that
will fit in it.
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 4:06:27 AM

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Brazil wrote:
> I just remembered a big quesiton of mine:
> How does one go about deciding what brand of memory and hard disk to
> buy?

I always buy Crucial RAM right from their website. Free shipping...
quality stuff.
As for hard drives, I personally would never buy a Maxtor again. I like
quiet drives, so the Seagate line fits me well.
You can compare many drives here:
http://storagereview.com/comparison.html


-WD
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 4:06:28 AM

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In article <78HGc.20955$2T2.2049@fe2.columbus.rr.com>,
Will Dormann <wdormann@yahoo.com.invalid> wrote:
>Brazil wrote:
>> I just remembered a big quesiton of mine:
>> How does one go about deciding what brand of memory and hard disk to
>> buy?
>
>I always buy Crucial RAM right from their website. Free shipping...
>quality stuff.
>As for hard drives, I personally would never buy a Maxtor again. I like
>quiet drives, so the Seagate line fits me well.
>You can compare many drives here:
>http://storagereview.com/comparison.html
>
>
>-WD

The detailed spec sheet on the HDD manufacturer's web site generally
gives acoustic noise specifications.

--
Al Dykes
-----------
adykes at p a n i x . c o m
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 6:09:56 AM

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Al Dykes wrote:

> In article <78HGc.20955$2T2.2049@fe2.columbus.rr.com>,
> Will Dormann <wdormann@yahoo.com.invalid> wrote:
>
>>As for hard drives, I personally would never buy a Maxtor again. I like
>>quiet drives, so the Seagate line fits me well.
>>You can compare many drives here:
>>http://storagereview.com/comparison.html
>>
>>
>>-WD
>
>
> The detailed spec sheet on the HDD manufacturer's web site generally
> gives acoustic noise specifications.

I like the storagereview site, since it lists many drives all together
on one page. Select Idle Noise, and the resulting page will list all
the drives in their database from quietest to loudest.


-WD
July 7, 2004 6:55:53 AM

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Brazil <n@y.com> wrote in news:kqlle01oie5sjjrf1k769hh71nh39iq3gv@4ax.com:

> Can anyone help me with this kind of setup? I'd especially appreciate
> pointing me toward any books that could help me build something like
> this - most books seem to cover building full size PCs for everyday
> use.. not media pc things like what I suggest.
>
> Also, any hardware suggestions would really be appreciated too.
>
> Thanks for anything!
>

http://www.htpcnews.com
http://www.pcalchemy.com/
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?descripti...
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?descripti...
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?descripti...
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?descripti...
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?descripti...
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?descripti...
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 7:53:29 AM

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On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 18:14:14 -0500, David Maynard
<dNOTmayn@ev1.net> wrote:

>Cute case but I doubt 90 watts would handle my 1.3 gig tualatin.

Well it looks like it's rated conservatively, was actually 95w
continuous. I did have a Celeron 900 o'c to 1.2 @ 1.85, which
ran fine but I didn't need the performance and had another use
for that CPU so it was swapped out.

>Since you've had it open, will it take a mATX mobo or is it flex, as they
>have been 'told'?

It can accomdate 4 pci slots, barely (might need slight
modification), a 24cm max board height, but due to the depth it
won't take a full-width board, looks like 20cm is the max width.

Something else I forgot to mention is that the rear I/O plate
isn't standard, but is removable so you'd just need the correct
plate for the motherboard used.

>
>I'd still go for it if it will take a regular 1U PSU, which would mean I
>could by a more powerful one.

It really isn't set up for components that'd use more power than
available, as the cooling isn't that good. It is not really 1U,
but 82mm wide x 43mm tall x 200mm long. It sits on it's side so
a 1U would not fit due to height restriction of case. PSU is
located under the motherboard, and it's power harness is not long
enough to reach the ATX connector on (almost any) motherboard,
would need an extension.

Here are some pics, not that I took but saved from someone else's
project,
http://69.36.189.159/usr_1034/netvista1.jpg
http://69.36.189.159/usr_1034/netvista2.jpg
http://69.36.189.159/usr_1034/netvista3.jpg
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2004 7:53:30 AM

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kony wrote:

> On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 18:14:14 -0500, David Maynard
> <dNOTmayn@ev1.net> wrote:
>
>
>>Cute case but I doubt 90 watts would handle my 1.3 gig tualatin.
>
>
> Well it looks like it's rated conservatively, was actually 95w
> continuous. I did have a Celeron 900 o'c to 1.2 @ 1.85, which
> ran fine but I didn't need the performance and had another use
> for that CPU so it was swapped out.
>
>
>>Since you've had it open, will it take a mATX mobo or is it flex, as they
>>have been 'told'?
>
>
> It can accomdate 4 pci slots, barely (might need slight
> modification), a 24cm max board height, but due to the depth it
> won't take a full-width board, looks like 20cm is the max width.

Sounds like it's a hair too small for mine.

>
> Something else I forgot to mention is that the rear I/O plate
> isn't standard, but is removable so you'd just need the correct
> plate for the motherboard used.

Yeah. No sweat.

>
>
>>I'd still go for it if it will take a regular 1U PSU, which would mean I
>>could by a more powerful one.
>
>
> It really isn't set up for components that'd use more power than
> available, as the cooling isn't that good. It is not really 1U,
> but 82mm wide x 43mm tall x 200mm long. It sits on it's side so
> a 1U would not fit due to height restriction of case. PSU is
> located under the motherboard, and it's power harness is not long
> enough to reach the ATX connector on (almost any) motherboard,
> would need an extension.

Doesn't really matter as I spoke before I looked at 1U PSU prices. Darn
near as much as some of the cases WITH a PSU.

>
> Here are some pics, not that I took but saved from someone else's
> project,
> http://69.36.189.159/usr_1034/netvista1.jpg
> http://69.36.189.159/usr_1034/netvista2.jpg
> http://69.36.189.159/usr_1034/netvista3.jpg
>
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
July 10, 2004 3:52:28 AM

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Thanks to everyone who responded to my original post!

I did a little research, and have come to the conclusion that rather
than building my own basic media center type computer, it would be
cheaper and possibly more effective just to buy an XBox, mod it, and
install XBox Media Center (XBMC), which does all the things my
proposed self-built computer would have done.

Any thoughts on this?

Thanks!

-=Brazil=-
!