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    Building a (close to) silent and small home cinema system

    Hi All

    I'm new here and was hoping for some pointers about ho to build my set up.

    I will use it for:

    1. Playing DVD's
    2. Playing mp3's
    3. Must have wifi

    I want it to be cheap and very small and hopefully silent. What are my options?

    Also, we dont actually own a TV, so looking at a computer monitor that we can comfortably watch films and iplayer. ANy recommendations on that front also welcome!

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    Re: Building a (close to) silent and small home cinema system

    What is the budget BTW?? Do you have a copy of an OS??


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    Re: Building a (close to) silent and small home cinema system

    I have a copy of XP.

    Budget is potentially limitless, I will pay what I have to, but want to keep it as cheap as possible to achieve the three things.

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      • Storage:
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    Re: Building a (close to) silent and small home cinema system

    This is what I would look at getting:

    AMD Athlon II X2 240e ~ £50

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/177049

    This has a 45W TDP.

    MSI 880GM-E41~ £50

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/244433

    4GB 1333MHZ DDR3 ~ £35

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/166995

    Antec Minuet 350 ~ £81

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/141001

    Tenda Wireless-N300 PCI Adapter ~ £13

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/155641

    LiteOn IHAS124-19 ~ £12

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176026

    Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB ~ £44

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804

    BenQ VW2420H ~ £169

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/240231

    DVI-I cable ~ £4

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/130568

    KeySonic 2.4Ghz Wireless Keyboard with Integrated TouchPad ~ £31

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/104608

    Creative T10 ~ £30

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/132370

    The total comes to around £463.

    I would also look at using XBMC for media duties:

    http://xbmc.org/
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    Re: Building a (close to) silent and small home cinema system

    Thanks - but does it really have to be that high spec though?

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    • CAT-THE-FIFTH's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Less E-PEEN
      • CPU:
      • Massive E-PEEN
      • Memory:
      • RGB E-PEEN
      • Storage:
      • Not in any order
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVEN BIGGER E-PEEN
      • PSU:
      • OVERSIZED
      • Case:
      • UNDERSIZED
      • Operating System:
      • DOS 6.22
      • Monitor(s):
      • NOT USUALLY ON....WHEN I POST
      • Internet:
      • FUNCTIONAL

    Re: Building a (close to) silent and small home cinema system

    Quote Originally Posted by Lupine Lacuna View Post
    Thanks - but does it really have to be that high spec though?
    Going for a cheaper Atom based motherboard would be useless as the Intel IGP is not very good at media decoding.

    You could go for an Atom Ion motherboard but the price difference between the motherboard and CPU I listed would be small and a decent mini ITX case with a decent PSU is not cheap.

    The build I suggested can be upgraded at a later date if required.

    The monitor also uses a PVA panel meaning you will have larger viewing angles when compared to the cheaper TN panels.

    A net-top would do the job too but most lack an optical drive.

    Of course you could get an external drive though and one of the following net-top should be fine:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/236577

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/225754

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/236579

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/236578

    This net-top has a more powerful CPU but you will need to add RAM and a hard disk too:

    http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/169323...bc%7b420%7d%2b

    Here are some net-tops which have an optical drive:

    http://www.microdirect.co.uk/home/pr...ource=googleps

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/zotac...i-pc-dual-core

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/199999
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    Re: Building a (close to) silent and small home cinema system

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    This is what I would look at getting:

    AMD Athlon II X2 240e ~ £50

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/177049

    This has a 45W TDP.

    MSI 880GM-E41~ £50

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/244433

    4GB 1333MHZ DDR3 ~ £35

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/166995

    Antec Minuet 350 ~ £81

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/141001

    Tenda Wireless-N300 PCI Adapter ~ £13

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/155641

    LiteOn IHAS124-19 ~ £12

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176026

    Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB ~ £44

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804

    BenQ VW2420H ~ £169

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/240231

    DVI-I cable ~ £4

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/130568

    KeySonic 2.4Ghz Wireless Keyboard with Integrated TouchPad ~ £31

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/104608

    Creative T10 ~ £30

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/132370

    The total comes to around £463.

    I would also look at using XBMC for media duties:

    http://xbmc.org/
    thats a good spec.. there are always places to cut liek cheaper case, smaller hd etc..

    cheaper keyboard... but you'll prb regret it!

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    Re: Building a (close to) silent and small home cinema system

    Hi Guys

    So I've done further research, and I don't think I need X2 etc, as I don't want HD. I dont care about quality at all, all I care about is heat, silence, price.!

    Mobo - ASUS E35M1-I Deluxe - Am I right in saying this include the CPU, Video, Sound, USB? WHen is it out in the UK?

    Operating System - Windows 7? I only have XP at the moment, is there any point in 7? In an ideal world I'd love it rnning Linux.

    Storage - WD Cavier Green 1 TB.

    PSU - Pico

    Case - tbc

    DVD - Probably wont even bother with a writer, will just get a player. Any obvious recommendations for silence?

    RAM - 2 Gigs DDR3. Presumably no benefit in getting more and none in spending less?

    Finally, software, does such a thing exist so that I can use a remote to change songs, etc possibly even navigate a list of avi's to play, change volume, etc?

    Thanks very much

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    Re: Building a (close to) silent and small home cinema system

    heat, silence, price...

    get a acer revo

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    • CAT-THE-FIFTH's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Less E-PEEN
      • CPU:
      • Massive E-PEEN
      • Memory:
      • RGB E-PEEN
      • Storage:
      • Not in any order
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVEN BIGGER E-PEEN
      • PSU:
      • OVERSIZED
      • Case:
      • UNDERSIZED
      • Operating System:
      • DOS 6.22
      • Monitor(s):
      • NOT USUALLY ON....WHEN I POST
      • Internet:
      • FUNCTIONAL

    Re: Building a (close to) silent and small home cinema system

    Quote Originally Posted by Lupine Lacuna View Post
    Hi Guys

    So I've done further research, and I don't think I need X2 etc, as I don't want HD. I dont care about quality at all, all I care about is heat, silence, price.!

    Mobo - ASUS E35M1-I Deluxe - Am I right in saying this include the CPU, Video, Sound, USB? WHen is it out in the UK?

    Operating System - Windows 7? I only have XP at the moment, is there any point in 7? In an ideal world I'd love it rnning Linux.

    Storage - WD Cavier Green 1 TB.

    PSU - Pico

    Case - tbc

    DVD - Probably wont even bother with a writer, will just get a player. Any obvious recommendations for silence?

    RAM - 2 Gigs DDR3. Presumably no benefit in getting more and none in spending less?

    Finally, software, does such a thing exist so that I can use a remote to change songs, etc possibly even navigate a list of avi's to play, change volume, etc?

    Thanks very much
    Looking at the European pricing the Zacate based motherboards will be around £100 to £120 and hopefully some cheaper ones will be out too.

    For the software I mentioned XBMC in the second post.

    TBH,one of the nettops I mentioned in post 6 would do the job especially Asrock 330HT for around £300.


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