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    Building a Mini ITX machine

    I'm hoping to build a small machine that I will be able to watch DVD's and maybe play some music on. I've been looking at the new VIA MII6000E board and it looks like what I want. I am hoping on fitting it with out a hard drive and use a Pen Drive to boot a distro of Linux off (haven't decided yet, look at my other thread ) and i'm gonna have a 1gb CF card in the card reader as extra space. I belive you cannot boot from the new Card Reader so I would use the Pen drive?
    Now the VIA MII 6000E mainboard only has a 633MHz processor, would you say that is powerful enough to watch DVD's and listen to Music on? I will probably be using a DVD Rom drive to play the DVD so think it could hack it?
    Cheers in advance for your help

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    It will also have 256 or 512mbs PC2100, whatever you think would be best

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    I would stick at least 512mb of memory in it as the performance would be much better

    It shouldnt have any problems running films and music

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    Alright, cheers Gordy

    As i'm building a Hard Drive less machine do you think I should get a CF card to store music and other stuff on. I can get a 1gb for £70, think it's worth it?

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    I've not had any experience with them so I wouldnt like to say

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    Lol, ok then. I reckon i'll get it as they retail at about £120. Pretty good deal if you ask me

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    Should be ok to watch dvd's on that spec cpu, but why don't you go for a faster, say 1 ghz cpu - that should give you a bit more future proofing as software dvd players keep on hogging more cpu as they get more revisions?
    Old puter - still good enuff till I save some pennies!

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    Yeah, i've now decided to go for the MII 1000, thats got a 1Ghz C3 processor. I just gotta find me a case with no drive bays now!

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