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    Mini-ITX Challenge

    OK, I want a nice small ITX system to sit in the bedroom. I was considering the ASRock ION 330 and the Acer Aspire Revo, but would prefer to build my own.

    I already have an HTPC in the lounge which this ITX system will feed off for the recorded TV etc.

    Now the challenge is getting it for about £220?? Thats the price of the ASRock ION 330 so it need to be similar spec.

    I'll be using this for Win 7 Media Centre, playing back recorded and live TV and the odd .avi and .mkv file.

    I love the look of the Aspire Revo and found this case at Scan
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Compu...-with-120W-PSU

    A dual core is a must, no need for an optical drive and 2GB RAM will be sufficient

    Any ideas?

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    Re: Mini-ITX Challenge

    The ASRock is going on the cheep at overclockers http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...d=1446&subcat=
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    Re: Mini-ITX Challenge

    Thanks, but its on for £221.94 on Today Only at Scan, which is considerably cheaper

    Anyone got an ideas for a self build?? I need to decide before this offer ends......

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    Re: Mini-ITX Challenge

    Its a low powered system though?

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    Re: Mini-ITX Challenge

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonclaw View Post
    Its a low powered system though?
    Size and silence are the most important things....

    Nobody got any suggestions for a cheap ITX build??

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    Re: Mini-ITX Challenge

    The question is can an Atom 330 handle recording in HD and play back of mkv files. Unless I am mistaken which however unlikely is possible I was under the impression that mkv files don't use the ion GPU for playback and rely on the CPU. I'm not sure if the current crop of atoms are up to general desktop and HTPC computing, its all quite confusing. Why not try a 780G mITX borad since power comsuption isn't your highest priority.

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    Re: Mini-ITX Challenge

    Quote Originally Posted by rob4001 View Post
    The question is can an Atom 330 handle recording in HD and play back of mkv files. Unless I am mistaken which however unlikely is possible I was under the impression that mkv files don't use the ion GPU for playback and rely on the CPU. I'm not sure if the current crop of atoms are up to general desktop and HTPC computing, its all quite confusing. Why not try a 780G mITX borad since power comsuption isn't your highest priority.
    From reading around, it can play 720p but will needs a reg change in Win 7 to force media centre to play using CoreAVC and h264.

    I'm going to look into an AMD 780G board, my only worry is cooling the CPU in such a small case!

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    Re: Mini-ITX Challenge

    Quote Originally Posted by s_kinton View Post
    I'm going to look into an AMD 780G board, my only worry is cooling the CPU in such a small case!
    If you can't wait, Sempron 140 FTW - got one in my HTPC and it handles everything I throw it at no problems.

    If you can wait, there should be 45W 3 and 4 core Athlon IIs coming in the next couple of months...

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    Re: Mini-ITX Challenge

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    If you can't wait, Sempron 140 FTW - got one in my HTPC and it handles everything I throw it at no problems.

    If you can wait, there should be 45W 3 and 4 core Athlon IIs coming in the next couple of months...
    Thanks. I've got got hold of an AMD 4850e 45w, 2Gb Corsair DDR2 and a 60Gb 2.5" HDD from various Hexus users! Just need to choose the board and case...

    Leaning towards the Silverstone SG05B or the Akasa Enigma for the case and the Zotac 8200 ITX WiFi for the board.

    Should all come in for £220.
    Last edited by s_kinton; 23-09-2009 at 03:03 PM.

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    Re: Mini-ITX Challenge

    Quote Originally Posted by s_kinton View Post
    Nobody got any suggestions for a cheap ITX build??
    Check out:
    http://www.mini-itx.com

    Loads of info and a store, get a mini-itx intel 775 board and whack a core 2 duo in it.

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    Re: Mini-ITX Challenge

    linitx.com also has tons of parts, cheaper to buy a PicoPSU there too.
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    Re: Mini-ITX Challenge

    I bought the Akasa Enigma case from Scan, should arrive tomorrow. I chose it simply becuase it comes with an external laptop style psu and is tiny!

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    Re: Mini-ITX Challenge

    Quote Originally Posted by format View Post
    I did read that before buying, but still went for it!! Its a bad review for sure, but I wont be adding an optical drive and the CPU will never be fully loaded in real life.

    I'm hoping the temps are ok - it arrives today, so we'll find out shortly!

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    Re: Mini-ITX Challenge

    Its all up and running as of last night. Managed to cram it into the tiny Akasa Engima case and temps aren't too bad - 37c idle using a Silverstone NT07 low profile cooler.

    I would not suggest using this case if you plan on adding an optical drive! There is simply no space for it and the drive itself would cover the entire of the CPU cooler. At least it would using the Zotac 8200 ITX Wifi motherboard.

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    Re: Mini-ITX Challenge

    Quote Originally Posted by s_kinton View Post
    Size and silence are the most important things....

    Nobody got any suggestions for a cheap ITX build??
    The problem is that ITX still iwsn't mainstream, so ITX compatable components are more expensive than ATX or uATX.

    There are a variety of cases and mobos on various ITX specialist sites, such at www.itx-warehouse.co.uk. (I have bought from them - really helpful guys).

    There are some mobos there are look to be specifically designed for HTPC type of applications which may be suit5able for your requirements. The case I used (for a file server) was without an optical drive slot, which made the case smaller and allowed room for two 2.5" drives. I used an external CD rom to load the software during build.

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