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    SFF as a HTPC

    Having just put together a SN45Gv3 for my father's birthday its made me realise how much I still like SFF PCs.

    I was thinking of moving to SFF for my HTPC which is currently in a Silver Thermaltake Tenor.

    Current Components I would llike to transfer:
    3000+ Venice CPU
    2x512MB Patriot RAM
    HDA Digital X-Mystique 7.1 Gold PCI Dolby Soundcard
    Gigabyte Silent Heatpipe 6600GT PCI Express VGA
    Technotrend 2100 Premium DVB-C Card
    NEC 3540 DVDR/RW
    200GB Samsung Spinpoint SATA2

    Idealy I would like to keep the above components but move them into a smaller case, oh & preferably silver too

    I would welcome any suggestions or comments

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    I would take a look at the Shuttle ST20G5 as it fits all your requirements nicely, except for the fact that it has 1 PCI slot. You would probably have to sacrifice the Sound Card and use the 7.1 onboard sound that comes with it.

    Another thing to note is that you may have a tight squeeze when fitting the DVB-C Card next to the Gigabyte 6600GT Silent Pipe, as the cooler apparently overlaps onto the PCI Slot.

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    Hmm, might have to consider going back to AGP that would openup a few more options? Would the onboard sound on the shuttle you mentioned do DTS like soundstorm does on the SN45Gv3?

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    Hmm, none of the latest Shuttle's (afaik) support DTS. Another option would be to look for a Micro ATX mobo like one of the following:

    MSI RX480M2
    MSI RS480M2 (Has onboard graphics)
    Foxconn NF4K8MC-RS (Hard to get a hold of)
    Asus A8NE-FM (Which is apparently quite crap)

    These have more expansion slots for your add in cards. You would also need a Micro ATX case like the Antec Aria, Aspire X-Qpack or the SilverStone 'SUGO' SG01B which looks soo ***ual.
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    Have just bought a MSI RS480M2-IL Motherboard ,Silverstone SG01SCase & Silverstone Nitrogon NTO3 Heatsink. Hope my NEC 3540 & Tagan PSU Fit

    Thanks for your help -now to sell my thermaltake tenor & asus a8n sli premium
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    That was quick!

    No problem dude. Good luck and have fun with it!

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    I think you would have a problem putting a heatpiped gpu into a sff. I can imagine overheating to be a problem. Let us know how it goes.
    Gaming PC: Athlon 64 3400+ @ 2.4 Ghz Stock; Shuttle SN85G4V3; Club 3D X800XT; 2x1Gb OCZ PC3200 EL Platinum 2-3-2-5; SB Audigy 2 ZS; WD Raptor 150GB; Maxtor DM10 200Gb; Pioneer DVR 110

    Media PC: Athlon Thunderbird 1.2 Ghz; Shuttle SN45GV2; Geforce 2 MX; 2x256Mb OCZ PC3500 CAS2; Seagate Bararcuda 160Gb; NEC DVD

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