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Also being in a garage, I'm thinking the Antec case might be better suited with it's more airflow. As far as mounting, I've never mounted a computer to a TV but from the looks of it there isn't a way to mount that Foxconn case to the TV and will have the TV mounted to the wall. My plan was to just make a bracket behind the TV on the wall and put the case there if it was small enough.
You probably won't need the extra airflow. Less watts = less heat.

The Foxconn unit can mount to the wall or to the monitor, but not both at the same time.

For mounting like that, your off-the-shelf solution would be the Mini Box M350 with VESA+wall adapter.

M350 with Pico PSU $70

M350 VESA display mount $30

Add shipping to that.

The VESA display mount is made only for the M350 case. Basically it mounts to the wall and the M350 case sits inside the mount. Then, the monitor mounts to it. That's what you want, right?

The Pico PSU with 60W power brick will have enough power for an AMD E-350 mini ITX board.
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Intel 330 240GB SSD, Crucial M4 256GB mSATA SSD... Samsung DVDRW CoolIt Eco Windows 7 Home Premium x64 
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Samsung 305T Plus, Dell 2005FPW Cooler Master QuickFire Pro mechanical keyboard Rosewill Capstone 450W Lian Li PC-Q11B 
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Originally Posted by armourcore9brker View Post
I don't see how no moving parts is relevant to a garage setting but oh well. I've only parked cars in garages, never really worked in them.

The airflow is almost a non-concern. The e350s run relatively cool. That barebones Zap showed is really the equivalent of a laptop cooler and that works fine for what it is.
The no moving parts would be beneficial if I don't mount this on the wall but instead under my bench. Which I do work on and thus putting stuff on the bench, hammering, etc, etc probably wouldn't be the best for a HDD. However seeing how incredibly small these things are I don't see any issue mounting this thing on the wall.

In terms of heat, the garage is insulated so it won't be nearly as hot as it is outside but at the same time the garage isn't actively cooled so I was worried about it getting to hot in the summer. From the sounds of it, I've got nothing to worry about.

So right now I think the Foxconn barebones looks to be the best bet with 4GB of RAM. Just to save $75 I think I'll probably go with the laptop HDD and mount this bad boy on the wall and call it a day.

Thanks for all the input guys, very much appreciated. I wouldn't even have thought about looking in the barebones section for a PC like this!
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