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Just got a new TV and my secondary computer/NAT is a S939 system that's getting some RMA treatment so I was thinking about parting it and throwing together a basic mini ITX system to play videos/music/whatever on my TV that can also act as a NAT/server/backup/whatever.

Requirements: play 1080, silent(passive would be +), HDMI output, and not a big power hog.

I don't know much about these SFF components, though. Do I go with an integrated CPU, an Atom or some low grade AMD, onboard or offboard HDMI? Budget isn't much of a concern but I'm a tight ass so I don't want to over spec. it too much. Don't need wireless. What I've found so far between here and [H]ard:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157194
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813500038
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813500045

Haven't picked out memory yet because I don't know which board yet. I already have an Antec 380D green PSU. Throw in a 2TB HDD and an HD 4550 and call it good?
post #2 of 15
AMD would be my route, any 45 w dual core processor will be fine for your needs.

The atom 330 is a good cheap but some 1080p will stutter.

Onboard hdmi would be what your want since it is a media center.

235e
240e

would be perfect for your needs, going amd will also allow for more usage of sata ports, which means you can expand the build to a file server using flex or unraid.

Overall cant go wrong with either build, but i would go amd due to faster cpu operation.
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1) That PSU is as big as the motherboard!

2) Get a board with the right IGP and you won't need the video card.

3) Remember, "passively cooled" does not mean zero air flow. Also, if it comes with a fan, better use it (even if undervolted or replaced with a quieter fan). Chances are if it comes with a fan, the heatsink is undersized for passive use.

4) Using a HDD automatically means it is not silent.

ASUS Readies Fully-Loaded Brazos-Powered E35MI-I Deluxe Motherboard
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gigabit Ethernet
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Agreed, wait for Brazos..... CPU + GPU + Mobo for less than $150.
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post #5 of 15
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That looks perfect. Any idea on when those will be available?


I don't really mind HDD noise and I'll definitely be under volting/replacing any noisy fans. I didn't realize how small these systems are so yea scratch that Antec PSU lol. Wanted to stuff it into THIS since it comes with a PSU(not sure on their bundled PSU qualities though) and then mod a 3.5" drive into it or something.
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That looks perfect. Any idea on when those will be available?

They will begin to be avaliable in the next few weeks...
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Personally, I would wait for Llano but that's because I can afford to wait (already have HTPC's). Otherwise, I'd go with lilraver018's suggestion of Athlon II X2 paired with 785G/880G chipset motherboard.

Brazos might kick the Atom's butt, but in the grand scheme of things, it's still probably going to be too slow for certain scenarios (e.g. Netflix HD until Silverlight gets proper hardware acceleration).
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post #8 of 15
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Hmmm, thinking about that too, rui-no. Maybe THIS paired with THIS? Has HDMI and everything. That would be $175 but is that extra $$$ worth the extra horse power? What does Duckie, the master of technology, think? So many decisions.

I decided on THIS case and then I'll just use my Antec PSU. Since HDD's are so cheap I think I'll stuff a bunch of 2TB ones in it and call it good. I found some open source software called Mediaportal and it's perfect for movies. Now figuring out how to use my dish network remote with a computer. I take it I just get an IR reciever for it like the FAQ thread says?
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Not really a fan of Zotac and I wouldn't particularly trust a product of theirs without any review. Would have recommended the ASUS M4A88T-I Deluxe but it seems it's out of production now...

*sigh* It really is a shame we don't have a lot of options to choose from for AMD Mini-ITX. On the Intel side, there have been M-ITX options since LGA-775 and Sandy Bridge promises to bring more from nearly every motherboard manufacturer this time, it seems.
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post #10 of 15
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I found that one for $145 shipped. But then I have to buy a CPU which brings it up even more. Would the price difference between that and the Brazos system be worth it? Running 1080 and stuff through XBMC(totally forgot about this) doesn't seem like it would take a lot of power.
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