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    PC for breakfast bar

    Currently have a laptop on the breakfast bar which gets used a lot (recipes/homework etc)
    However, the ergonomics of a laptop and not ideal - can cause spinal pain etc crouched over a laptop.

    Was wondering if there were any (non Apple) systems where the PC was built into a monitor so all you had on the table was the monitor, keyboard and mouse
    Would be nice if it had some decent speakers as we also end up listening to music on the laptop.

    Defo no Atom based systems. Would like to have some grunt for MS Office work

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    Re: PC for breakfast bar

    Either a small form factor box that can mount on the wall mounts on the back of a monitor, or you can get "all in one" pcs.

    http://www.ebuyer.com/487040-asus-ai...1612iuts-b003c

    I think we have a Dell machine at work like that too.

    Edit to add: That link is just their cheapest.

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    Re: PC for breakfast bar

    This case has a picture of it mounted on the back of a display. Means one extra power cable, but a bit more flexible if you like building stuff yourself.

    http://www.ebuyer.com/312925-isk-110...761345-08198-6

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    Re: PC for breakfast bar

    Thanks - was digging around and apparently Intel was pushing the build you own "all-in-on" PC concept by creating a new standard (Thin Mini-ITX) or AIO

    That Antec case is the sortof thing I am after - prefer to build my own - better bang for buck that way ( I have spare OS as well).

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    Re: PC for breakfast bar

    Given this case has a 90W power supply, need a low wattage CPU with integrated graphics

    Would the AMD Trinity chips fit the bill?

    Only other item in there will be either an SSD or a 2.5" HDD.

    Mobo will also need to have on-board wifi

    Will be running Windows 7 Prof 64bit and MS Office suite

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    Re: PC for breakfast bar

    Isn't a tablet probably good for this? Do you need a full size screen?

    Anyway did you build one?

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    Re: PC for breakfast bar

    Personally that is cutting it a little close for my tastes. The lowest wattage APUs are 65w which leaves 25W. That goes to the RAM, mobo, hard drives and when you start loading it up with USB devices like external drives and WIFI...

    If you want to build one relatively inexpensively and keep things cool and quiet, I might suggest a low wattage Pentium CPU instead...
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-g2100t-oem
    Last edited by AETAaAS; 19-05-2013 at 03:10 PM.

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    Re: PC for breakfast bar

    Quote Originally Posted by holy god of nil View Post
    Isn't a tablet probably good for this? Do you need a full size screen?

    Anyway did you build one?
    When Haswell is released I will see what appears in the market e.g. new MS Surface models - will probably end up with a tablet/laptop hybrid

    But - yes I did build one - see here http://forums.hexus.net/review-my-bu...ng-laptop.html

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    Re: PC for breakfast bar

    Quote Originally Posted by AETAaAS View Post
    Personally that is cutting it a little close for my tastes. The lowest wattage APUs are 65w which leaves 25W. That goes to the RAM, mobo, hard drives and when you start loading it up with USB devices like external drives and WIFI...
    Been running for a week now with no issues - its always on (in sleep mode when not used) and connectivity via wi-fi.
    I did research this and a number of people are running Core i5s in this case with no issues whatsoever.
    Course I couldn't overclock it so went with the 3470 cpu and H77 chipset and saved a few bucks

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