miniPC's for the Client-Side?

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  1. overture

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    Has anyone looked into using miniPC's like (http://www.cappuccinopc.com/default.asp) for the client side when using the TvEngine?

    It would be ideal if the client PC was small and could be hidden away out of sight. Any opinions?

    Phil


     
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    You still have the problem of the DX9 interface. Most of these pc's have very low power vga "cards".
    But I think many people would like to have something like this.
     
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    Looks nice - but it looks like it's an US site ?
     
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    THe pundit PH1 would be fine to run MP. But that system still has fans.
     
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    If your looking for a high powered mini-ITX motherboard. Check out: Commell LV-677, If you want more than the built in video and you can find the right case, you could get a PCI Express Riser Card and add bigger/badder video card. If your curious about a case take a look at the: A-Tech Fabrication's Mini-Client 2500
     
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    The mini-ITX motherboard's look pretty cool. Has anyone used one of these for their HTPC set up?

    EDIT: Actually - I just did a search a found that there are. Ignore this.
     
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    As an entry-level thing, I picked up a Compaq DeskPro SFF (slim form factor) PIII-933 with 512mb RAM for $40 from Ebay, and slapped in a $19 DVDROM from Newegg, added a $70 160gb IDE drive, and an older ATI card for $25 (also from Newegg) with TV+RCA out. No PVR capability (until I add a Hauppage card), but it plays DVDs, XViD AVI, and MPEG videos fine, does the slideshow fine, and streams internet radio fine.

    With the purchase price of MediaPortal being $0, now I know I can get some more updated hardware and be satisfied. One advantage I see to buying an off-lease system from Ebay or other place is that the machine is in decent condition and I don' t have to spend time putting many core components (MB, CPU, etc) together.

    The one thing I don't like about my bottom-end system is the chassis fan is audible when XViD AVIs play. I think I mighjt disconnect it and find another fan option....
     
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    Check out the following: Shuttle XPC X100 Mini


    Shuttle XPC X100 Mini

    Looks like the video and CPU has enough horsepower and it is very small! From the info inside the article it appears to be a little pricey: The most basic model comes with Windows XP Home, an 80GB hard drive, a combo drive and no wireless for €1,073 (£725/$1,412).
     
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