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MiniITX Node 304 headless Linux/MythTV backend

by karlshea



Date Published

April 28, 2015

Date Built

April 24, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C


I decided on an SSD for the boot drive, this box will eventually be replacing another home server and I wanted to make sure MySQL would be quick. The WD Red has been formatted as XFS and devoted entirely to MythTV recordings.

Other than some hiccups with activating the CableCard this build went really well! The case is very tight to work with in some areas but otherwise it's super nice and looks really sharp. My only complaint is that the front USB ports are extremely tight, when I plug something in it feels like I'm forcing the cable in backwards.

It's unbelievably quiet, especially after I turned on PWM for all of the fans. And speaking of which, it's great that the Noctua fans all come with extra cables. I made use of the Y-splitter and extension cable for the front fans which would not have reached otherwise.

I installed Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS and the MythTV backend which went fairly smoothly, it's a very quick machine. The load during recording and transcoding is low.

Part Reviews


Very nice case, looks super sharp. My only issue is that the front USB ports are very tight, when inserting a plug it feels like I'm trying to force it in backwards.

Comments Sorted by:

Mobo64 2 points 47 months ago

very interesting purpose for this pc build, anyways its great! +1

karlshea submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Thanks! It's going to be sitting in my office so it'll be nice to have something that's almost silent :-)

capsauce 1 point 46 months ago

A few questions, do you only have Linux on it? If so did you update the bios when building the pc? If so how did you do it? Nice build btw.

karlshea submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago


I only have Linux on it. There's a utility within the EFI BIOS to flash from a USB stick.

capsauce 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks bro!

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