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    Help me spec a uber low power HTPC

    Basicly I want the lowest power I can get but have the following requirements :

    Pref Dual core (Not essential though)
    PCI-E Slot for a HD3450 (The machine will have a Blu Ray drive)
    Decent onboard audio pref optical out.

    Been looking at Mini ITX but not sure if theres a board that would meet my needs?
    Basicly just want to get the lowest power possible.
    Needs 3 SATA ports as well.

    Basicly it just needs to be able to handle Blu Ray decoding.
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    Re: Help me spec a uber low power HTPC

    I've got an Asus M2A-VM and X2 5000+ BE but you could swap the cpu to this
    this

    With the 5000+ i'm pretty sure the onboard graphics can handle blu-ray but for obvious reasons I havn't tried it.

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    Re: Help me spec a uber low power HTPC

    Got the 45w BE in my file server atm and that pulls 150watt under load, just wondered if I could get the power draw down more?
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    Re: Help me spec a uber low power HTPC

    The are expensive though as are the boards to suit normally.

    Oops Thought I had pressed the edit button lol

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    Re: Help me spec a uber low power HTPC

    Sod it, looks like its gonna be a PS3, just need to figure out how to play MKV files through the PS3 or 360
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    Re: Help me spec a uber low power HTPC

    Could get something like a Vaio FZ or Dell XPS 1530. That way you get a laptop out of it too. Should run around &#163;700 with blu ray. Has HDMI out etc..
    They are quiet/silent

    EDIT: or PS3 lol

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    Re: Help me spec a uber low power HTPC

    Already got a laptop
    Last edited by Platinum; 18-02-2008 at 02:47 PM.
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    Re: Help me spec a uber low power HTPC

    Can never have enough laptops

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