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Hey folks. I'm trying to throw together some new cheap HTPCs for my place. I have a lot of old hardware laying around but it's getting to old to handle 1080p or it's just to big (ATX HTPC in the bedroom is big, loud, noisy, and draws a lot of power).

I don't know enough about the new Ion/Fusion boards to understand what offers the best bang for your buck. Mini computer (Asus Eee box) or a mini-ITX build with Ion/Fusion. I just know I want a HTPC instead of a media player because I'd like to control what OS is on it. I'd like to keep both machines under a total of $300 (well under if possible). I'd like them to be the size of an old xbox 360 or smaller. I don't need a DVD drive and would prefer a smaller case that doesn't have space for a DVD/Blu-ray drive. If Ion/Fusion can't handle 1080p to a 50" LCD and I need a PCI-e and a cheap fanless GPU then that's cool too.

I'm having trouble describing exactly what I'm after but I know there are some HTPC buffs in here who may have already built exactly what I'm after and might be able to help. Some plus's would be a machine that supports wake on lan and 2 ethernet ports.

Will most likely be running XBMC stand alone OS.


Soooo, anyone board want to help by offering help, advice and or suggestions?


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Well if you want xbmc live or any version of linux you need to go atom/ion.
2gb of ram works great for xbmc live or windows 7 on a htpc.
habey tiny case w/ picoPSU
OR I would probably just grab this for the price.
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Well if you want xbmc live or any version of linux you need to go atom/ion.
2gb of ram works great for xbmc live or windows 7 on a htpc.
habey tiny case w/ picoPSU
OR I would probably just grab this for the price.
Those cases look pretty slick and right up my ally but that Giada pc is a lot more then I was looking to spend. hoping to spend Under 300 for 2 machines.

I was looking at a Giada MB though but can't seem to find it to buy it.
Giada MI-E350T

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You want each machine for $300 or both for under $300? I don't think you'll be able to build two for under $300...

I see a similar Giada board : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813176006

but that's already gonna run you $110 not counting shipping
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Are we talking under $300 each or $300 total for both? If it's the latter, not gonna happen. Your best bet is to go pre-built but even then, you'd be hard pressed to find a system for under $200 unless it's a refurb or close-out.

As mentioned, if you plan on using Linux, go with NVIDIA GPU. You might find some good sales on older Atom 330/ION systems. If you're building your own, microATX usually gives you better bang for the buck than either Mini-ITX or full ATX.

For the same price as most Zacate motherboards, you can buy a decent AM3 motherboard + Athlon II X2. Power consumption wouldn't be all that different either, and I generally find the heatsink/fan that come with regular processors to be quieter than the tiny 40mm or 60mm banshees that come with "nettop" motherboards.

If you must go Mini-ITX, I highly suggest waiting to see what's in store for Llano. Mobile's already out and desktop should be released pretty soon.
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I see a similar Giada board : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813176006

but that's already gonna run you $110 not counting shipping
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If you're building your own, microATX usually gives you better bang for the buck than either Mini-ITX or full ATX.

For the same price as most Zacate motherboards, you can buy a decent AM3 motherboard + Athlon II X2. Power consumption wouldn't be all that different either, and I generally find the heatsink/fan that come with regular processors to be quieter than the tiny 40mm or 60mm banshees that come with "nettop" motherboards.

If you must go Mini-ITX, I highly suggest waiting to see what's in store for Llano. Mobile's already out and desktop should be released pretty soon.
Thanks for the info. I guess I'll have to go through everything I have (EDIT: too lazy to go through everything). I think I have some CPUs and GPUs that could do it but the motherboards I have here and larger cases have got to go. I'll start a new thread and link it from here when I have a list of what CPUs and GPUs I have kicking around.
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Well, howdy!

Them there Habey cases sure are mighty fine!
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Well, howdy!

Them there Habey cases sure are mighty fine!
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