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xfred
September 30th, 2011, 06:56 AM
Anyone had any experience with MSI P67A-C45 B3 motherboard?

After many years of service my old mythbuntu box has finally died :( so I've decided to upgrade :) and this looked like a cheapish and functional motherboard replacement.

I'm hoping that with this upgrade I can finally get dual tuners running (backend+frontend combined).

Proposed setup is:

MB: MSI P67A-C45 B3
CPU: i3-2100T (low power model as I'm hoping to run it fanless)
Tuners: dual Winfast DTV2000H (snaffled out of the old box)
Video: Asus something-or-other IIRC, about 5 years old, but worked fine in the old setup even for HD, so see no reason to change.
RAM: at least 8GB, depending on price.
HDD: undecided, but at least 2TB worth.

Anyone running a setup like this? Any known problems my googling may have missed? Am I underestimating how much grunt I'll need for multiple tuner cards?

LowSky
September 30th, 2011, 12:30 PM
Should be fine, but I wouldn't run any modern processor without a fan.
Low power or not, no fan could even cause a BIOS issue in some cases.
Just so you know the newer OEM fans are much quieter than stuff made 3-5 years ago.

xfred
September 30th, 2011, 10:57 PM
Should be fine, but I wouldn't run any modern processor without a fan.
Low power or not, no fan could even cause a BIOS issue in some cases.
Just so you know the newer OEM fans are much quieter than stuff made 3-5 years ago.

Thanks for the advice - guess today will be shopping day!

I'm surprised fanless would be a problem: the i3-2500T has a max dissipation of around 35W, which is significantly less than the cpu in the old system which ran fanless for many years, albeit with the largest heatsink I could shoe-horn into the case. If I add a fan then I might as well just go with the plain old 2500 and save myself some cash.

nickrout
October 1st, 2011, 01:31 AM
Anyone had any experience with MSI P67A-C45 B3 motherboard?

After many years of service my old mythbuntu box has finally died :( so I've decided to upgrade :) and this looked like a cheapish and functional motherboard replacement.

I'm hoping that with this upgrade I can finally get dual tuners running (backend+frontend combined).

Proposed setup is:

MB: MSI P67A-C45 B3
CPU: i3-2100T (low power model as I'm hoping to run it fanless)
Tuners: dual Winfast DTV2000H (snaffled out of the old box)
Video: Asus something-or-other IIRC, about 5 years old, but worked fine in the old setup even for HD, so see no reason to change.
RAM: at least 8GB, depending on price.
HDD: undecided, but at least 2TB worth.

Anyone running a setup like this? Any known problems my googling may have missed? Am I underestimating how much grunt I'll need for multiple tuner cards?

8G Ram is overkill. Halve it and save some money.

You need no substantial cpu ability for HD recording.

You should get an nvidia vdpau capable video card if it is a frontend too.

PileOuFace
January 5th, 2012, 01:19 PM
Hello,

I plan to buy the same motherboard => MSI P67A-C45 B3

I would like to be sure everything works fine on Linux : sound, network, etc etc

Would appreciate if anyone could provide a feed back or comment before I order this motherboard :)

Many thanks ):P