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Author Topic: building a combination Linux media server/mythTV and Windows gaming machine  (Read 744 times)
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« on: May 27, 2012, 12:24:39 AM »

and i need help on choosing a small and quiet, well-ventilated case, as i don't have much experience with building small-form factor PCs. it's going to be used for hosting media files for streaming around the house and will also act as an occasional gaming machine. price is not a concern for this customer, and i will be configuring Linux and Windows on it myself.
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2012, 10:22:01 AM »

SFF, so mini-itx?

I used a Silverstone SG06.. (though with the 300 watt sfx power supply) to build my mom's mini. She likes it, and it's nice that it doesn't take up a ton of space. Any GPU installed will have fairly nice ventilation from the fairly open side perforations, although I might tinker with the fannage if i were going to install a high power gpu.

That one has the upgraded PSU.. be sure to choose it, rather than the older variant, for a gaming machine, if you plan to utilize a modern gpu.

Be warned that most slim optical drives, will utilize a micro sata connector cluster. You'll need a converter to connect it.

Be sure to do some research on the available power connectors from the psu as well. Believe the 300 watt psu has 1 pci-e connector, iirc.

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