It worked pretty good except for a few drawbacks:
- It is kind of noisy.
- It's a bigger power hog than I anticipated. It consumes about 100W idle. I figured it out as costing me about $85/yr in electric. Not bad for my TV bill, but a little irritating too.
- Biostar Deluxe A681-350 (AMD E-350 1.6GHZ Dual-Core APU)
- 8GB of G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3
- Hauppauge WinTV HVR 950Q (may swap with a Sabrent TV-DGUSB eventually, but I have to re-compile a kernel module for that)
- Salvaged 250GB Sata Drive (someday I'll upgrade to a 1-3TB Sata)
- Salvaged ATX case
- Repaired Ultra D0408 ATX PSU
- Total idle power consumption measured at 40W
|Biostar A681-350 and G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3|
|Motherboard with ram installed|
- MythTV, that's the big one, the main purpose of the whole project.
- File and Backup Server
- Local web server for development, testing, etc.
Curiously the my complete setup with the P4 consumed approximately 100W idle and 200W with the screen on. The new one consumes 40W idle and 100W with the screen on. I don't understand it, it's the same screen! Could the video card in the P4 detect the screen was off and power down? Would a video card consume nearly 50W? Is my Kill-A-Watt Broken? Tune in next week...