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Hi,

 

I am planning to build a small computer to handle TV-related tasks, including:

• Receive tv-signals (four external usb-cards)

• Distribute cards (with DVB-link) – 2-4 TV:s and up to 3-mobile units

• Record tv

• Clean out commercials

The capacity of the computer should be such as it can do all these tasks at the same time

 

Ideas and pre-requisites

• Placed in cupboard so it has to run cool – but also quiet (prefer fan less, but ultra quiet is acceptable)

• SSD for system drive

• Small/slim form factor

• Second/storage HDD can be external (usb 3.0)

• Headless and remotely managed

 

Any suggestions on HW and SW appreciated

 

//Grunt

 

 

Take a look at the closet PC write up. That should handle everything you asked for especially if you up the CPU a notch.

 

http://homeservershow.com/one-for-the-closet.html

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@PcDoc:That is a nice build. What is the noice level of it? Have you measured?

 

Did not measure it but with a quieter front fan it would rival any non-passive HTPC I have heard. You could use a different case such as the Lian-li for an even quieter approach but the rest of the hardware would be perfect (IMO) for what you want to do.

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Ok,

 

Any particular lian-li case in mind

Also i have been looking into a CPU ans fans

CPU: 2405 vs 2500s vs 2500K - both for this partucular case and in general

Fans: Noiceblocker - Arctic or Nocturna? Which are best relationg to air movement, noice and ease of control?

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Ok,

 

Any particular lian-li case in mind

Also i have been looking into a CPU ans fans

CPU: 2405 vs 2500s vs 2500K - both for this partucular case and in general

Fans: Noiceblocker - Arctic or Nocturna? Which are best relationg to air movement, noice and ease of control?

 

Before I recommend a case I want to mention that almost all small cases will not fit a full size heatsink. You should plan out your component and then fit the case to it. If you get a small case you will be very limited to what kind of heatsink.

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OK - granted that what Lian-li case would you recommend in this case and again

CPU: 2405 vs 2500s vs 2500K - both for this partucular case and in general

Fans: Noiceblocker - Arctic or Nocturna? Which are best relationg to air movement, noice and ease of control?

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In terms of cases, I am also looking at Shuttle SH67H3 and Lian-Li PC-Q08 .

The Shuttle has a fan cooled CPU heatsink that is cooled by the case fan (clever!) and I am thinking on switching the supplied fan for a ultra silent fan like Noiceblocker, Arctic, scythe or Nocturna.

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In terms of cases, I am also looking at Shuttle SH67H3 and Lian-Li PC-Q08 .

The Shuttle has a fan cooled CPU heatsink that is cooled by the case fan (clever!) and I am thinking on switching the supplied fan for a ultra silent fan like Noiceblocker, Arctic, scythe or Nocturna.

 

Looks pretty cool just not sure how effective it will cool. Certainly is a clever way just do it if it works. The Lian LI should have a bit better air flow however you will be limited to heat sink sizes that doe not obstruct the PS. let us know what you decide.

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Server Grunt,

I'm glad to see you're talking about having at least some fans in the box. I would be concerned about heat inside a closet. We had to do that for one particular situation at work and it was not pretty. Basically, it ended up we had to leave the closet doors open whenever the computer was powered up. Even then, it was pretty warm. If there is anything you can do to provide ventilation for the closet, I would do it. Just my 2 cents.

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@Pcdoc - I will do a final websearch for reviwes and comparisons and then decide, both on box, cpu cooler and fans. Also, just to be sure, with PS you mean the PSU, or?

 

@Ikon - Yes, I have tried that to and that ended up in destroyed HDDs and damge components.

 

@ all - Actually this is a wall mounted cupboard and the doors are a little old and skewed sp they can not close properly, leaving room for air to vent. However, noice is an issue, so I want to find the most quiet set of CPU cooler and vent fans.

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