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I want to build a tiny-teeny HTPC for movie-watching.

What I know I want in there is, as follows:

- miniITX motherboard,
- 1080p capable CPU,
- passively cooled GPU (best possible, must fit small case/be passively cooled)
- 1 or more 3.5 HDs (2TB+)
- 4gb ddr3 Ram

I want to know if it is possible to do a completely passively cooled build (fanless)?
post #2 of 14
how much are you trying to (not) spend ? biggrin.gif

as far as mobo (those are micro-atx) and CPU i say this again
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I think it'd still be better to have at least one fan blowing outwards.
    
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Originally Posted by dejanribic;13431515 
I want to build a tiny-teeny HTPC for movie-watching.

What I know I want in there is, as follows:

- miniITX motherboard,
- 1080p capable CPU,
- passively cooled GPU (best possible, must fit small case/be passively cooled)
- 1 or more 3.5 HDs (2TB+)
- 4gb ddr3 Ram

I want to know if it is possible to do a completely passively cooled build (fanless)?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131635

has 2 sata slots for up to 4 TB.

sound good?

nice onboard features such as WIFI and bluetooth, comes with a remote. Seems plenty fine to me.
     
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post #6 of 14
I built one using a case the size of a typical shoe box. For something like that with a passive GPU cooling unit, you will need to do a ton of tweaking if you want your video to be properly processed on your GPU with 1080p. Took me a few months to get it working perfectly in WMC. I have been too busy to write up a guide recently, but I may get to it soon if you are interested.
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post #7 of 14
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Also, forgot to mention, I want to spend as little as possible.
post #8 of 14
The AMD E-350 is perfectly capable of 1080P playback, the only passively cooled ones in Mini-ITX form factor are ASUS and Zotac, although I've yet to see the Zotac one anywhere. There's also a passively cooled Micro-ATX one from ASUS. If this is just for watching videos/movies in HD, you seriously cannot go wrong with this platform and the actively cooled ones start at $109! (That's CPU, GPU, Motherboard).

EDIT: There's an ECS one for $99 that is passively cooled, but I cannot in good conscious recommend using ECS.
Edited by dodger.blue - 5/8/11 at 1:46pm
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post #9 of 14
Yup it is, latest and greatest e-350 APU

Asus Zacate

Plays 1080p perfect so you wont need a graphics card
post #10 of 14
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131663&Tpk=at5iont-i

This seems good.
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