I decided to set-up Channels DVR using an old PC. It's a HP 8200 Elite Ultra Slim with i3 processor, 4 GB ram, newly-installed 2 TB fusion drive. The only software installed are vanilla Windows 10 Pro and Channels.
However PC is crashing periodically. Sometimes within 24 hours after a restart. Sometimes it will run fine for 3-4 days. Tried looking in the windows system logs and don't see any indication of what caused the crash. It isn't connected to a display 24/7, so I can't tell if there's a BSOD. The power remains on, but my Channels apps (Apple TV, iOS) cannot find the DVR and connecting mouse, keyboard and monitor to the machine yields no response at all. But a restart always gets it going again. I tried rolling back some drivers to Windows 8 and that didn't eliminate the problems.
I have a very similar PC running elsewhere in the house. Same model with i5 processor, 8 GB ram, Win10. It's proven to be very reliable. Daughter uses it for light gaming (like Sims 4) and there are no reports of crashes or other bad behavior.
I know i3, 4GB isn't very beefy by today's standards, but it meets minimum requirements and Channels works just fine when the machine is functional.
Any tips for things I can review in either Windows or Channels that might shed some light on the problem? Thx.