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    Looking into SFF

    I've had a s754 Athlon 64 3000+ sitting around for a while now and never really been sure what to do with it, so I figured, why not try building an SFF machine as a kind of media centre/backup PC/browsing rig?

    I've been looking at the Biostar iDeq N1 as a chassis ( http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=427467 ) it seems to have a nice feaureset and I like the design. I'd be planning to run this via my HDTV so probably VGA or DVI>HDMI connection.

    What I need to know ideally is, would something like the 7300 be upto running widescreen HD resolution video no problem? also any suggestions for wireless keyboard/media remote would be great as I'm completely inexperienced with Media Centre edition XP (which is what I'd plan to run on it)

    Any other suggestions would be welcomed

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    Logitech for the KB+M, range from about £25 to £120 so something in there for everyone
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    Cool, I'll take a look at Logitech. It's just got to be something that can be used comfortably from a couch (a wireless keyboard with a mousepad would be a dream!) and as I'm used to good old desktop gaming I've not ventured into wireless before because I've had no need to.

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    I use my Sn41g2 for the exact sam purpose, its a 2100+ XP with 512mb of RAM using on board graphics and sound. Does the job no problem through my 32" HDTV, in fact it comfortably plays HD content over wireless.
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    Good stuff, nice to hear it's very possible then. Out of interest, what HD set do you have, how is it connected and did you have any problems setting the strange HD widescreen resolution (1366x768?) or did you go for a more standard 1280x960?

    Excuse the multitude of questions, but it's better to ask and know that stay in the dark, right?

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    Have you considered the Aspire X-Qpack case ? Takes regular mATX boards and will accept regular PSU if needed (they supply their own with it) ? Good little house for spangly bits......
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    Casebuy Black MATX Case
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    Id check out the second. apparently a better case allround
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    In terms of remote - you need one to fully realise XP MCE. I seriously recommend the MCE remote (one which lights up green when used) - which is under £20 from Scan. It seriously is a good investment, makes using the PC as a media centre a dream. I mean, you wouldn't buy a stereo without a remote, right?

    There's also the MCE keyboard, which only works if you have the remote (uses same receiver). I saw it in John Lewis ages ago, for a sweet £100 - which was strange, as MCE is OEM, and they didn't sell the remote. Scan also sell the keyboard, at only £33 - which is way less than elsewhere, afaik. The only reason why I haven't got this is that to use it you might as well be away from the screen. With a 17" TFT I need to be close, but if I had a widescreen tele, I'd have one for sure.

    So, get the remote, thank me later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G4Z
    I use my Sn41g2 for the exact sam purpose, its a 2100+ XP with 512mb of RAM using on board graphics and sound. Does the job no problem through my 32" HDTV, in fact it comfortably plays HD content over wireless.
    So did I, until my SN41G2 died the other day

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    you could get a silverstone sugo its abit bigger insize to the new shuttles but u can fit alot more init. and from what ive bin told the cooling in its good

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    I made myself a fairly budget Shuttle SFF to go with my LCD TV and it's been great. Perfect for watching DivX/XVid movies through the TV or for playing my MP3s in the lounge.

    I also got a NAS drive to share songs and movies between my main PC (upstairs) and SFF downstairs.

    take the plunge!

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