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    Thumbs up The cheapest SFF PC I could build!

    I decided I wanted something small & neat to sit next to my plasma so I could watch DivX movies, play my music etc. This was instead of the idea I had to stream it all (too fiddly I figured!)

    I decided to go with an Asus Pundit as Aria were selling it for £69 (!) & as most of you all probably have I had lots of PC bits lying around gathering dust!

    Here we go! (Prices inc P&P where applicable)

    Asus Pundit - £78.20 http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/87365...dit-p1ah1.html
    AMD 3500+ S939 £25 (from Hexus forums)
    512mb PC3200 (already had this)
    60Gb WD HDD (already had this)
    XP Home £30 2nd hand license
    DVD drive - £6 postage to an old mate who had it spare! (not got it yet though!)
    KB & Mouse - Currently using a Trust £14.97 wireless kit from ASDA. Microsoft kindly gave me a free wireless notebook mouse though (in the post at the moment) so I'll use that mouse when it arrives!
    DVI Cable - Already had this

    The Pundit has built in GFX, DVI-out, & a ton of other connections so no need for GFX/Soundcards!

    It comes to £154.17 so far & works a treat!
    Eventually i'm after another wireless belkin adapter so I can get it on the net but for now, it's my little baby!

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    ive been thinking about building a small sff or htpc instead of connecting "my system" upto my 32inch widescreen. How does the picture turn out on your plasma. Im always worried it will look stupid
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    thats a great price, mine came in a little higher:

    Shuttle: £138
    P4: £50
    1GB RAM: £45
    HD: £40
    19" Widescreen: £140
    DVD-RW: £25
    K/Board & Mouse: £40

    = £478
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    A 'little' higher!

    Screen looks good, my plasma has a max res of 1024*768 & when hooked up looks pretty good, desktop isn't as sharp as a TFT obviously! games & movies look great though!

    VERY glad i did this & not just hook up my existing rig to my TV, it's not as powerful but that only affects games really! If i'd have had a bigger (ie £400) budget i'd have gone for a gaming type setup but I don't need two machines that can play HL2 @ full settings now do I?!

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    Ok, wirelss PCI adapter for £10 so price upto £164.17 but returned the crappy KB/mouse so down to £149.20 smackers!

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    Nice one! I should have done that tbh.
    I don't even want to price mine up... I just moved my AMD X2 gaming system into a Silverstone case with cheaper gfx.

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    Add another £23 for a belkin bluetooth KB/Mouse so upto £172.20. Wonder how much I could sell it for?... :-D

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    Xbox modified (yes that means "chipped" or soft-modded) and running XBMC.. new Xbox £50 at Argos, chip or softmod under £30... Job done...

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    Not quite the same though!

    Now got a DVB card on its way, lovely jubbly!

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    • spazman's system
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    Quote Originally Posted by Methanoid View Post
    Xbox modified (yes that means "chipped" or soft-modded) and running XBMC.. new Xbox £50 at Argos, chip or softmod under £30... Job done...
    XBMC is the daddy, i have 2nd xbox here waiting for chip to go in for another room . Cant beat an £80 media center.
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    Ok, so add a DVB PCI card & another 512mb RAM = £218.20

    Then take off £6 as I picked the DVD drive up then the £45 i got for selling my DVD player as I now use this! Then I sold the MS Mouse I got for free for £14 (good 'ol MS!)

    Total £153.20

    Muahaha!
    Last edited by Rob_B; 25-01-2007 at 11:43 PM.

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    Rob_B where did you get the Pundit for £78?

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    Aria had some 'B' grade ones (that seemed to actually be brand new) now its £93.94 exc VAT

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    • CrazyMonkey's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus M4N98TD Evo
      • CPU:
      • Phenom II X6 1055T @ 4.1ghz
      • Memory:
      • 8GB DDR3 Dominator @ 1700mhz
      • Storage:
      • 120GB OCZ Vertex 2E - 1TB Hitatchi
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 2x 460 1GB
      • PSU:
      • 850W
      • Case:
      • Silverstone Fortress FT02R-WRI Ltd.Edition
      • Operating System:
      • Win 7, XP, Server2008 RC1, Gentoo
      • Monitor(s):
      • 24" Acer LED - 22" Belinea - 19" Samsung - 19" IIyama
      • Internet:
      • 50 MB Virgin Media Cable
    Managed to get my price at £259

    Shuttle SK22G2 Socket AM2 -£135
    ebuyer 1gig DDR2 PC2-4200 -£28
    Sempron 3000+ 1.6ghz Socket AM2 -£26
    Maxtor DiamondMax 250gig Sata2 -£50
    NEC DVD-RW Drive -£20

    Total= £259

    Could cut on the Shuttle and the HDD but why loose loads for little?

    Monitor Etc i already have, gonna use this as a File Server and host TS on it.
    Will control it remotely.

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    I'm thinking of selling it actually, wonder what i'd get? I get bored very quickly!

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