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    I like it! ...a little pricey though... but I like it.
     
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    Indeed.

    I had a thought last night about replacing my laptop and using my current one as a frontend. Considdering i'd like to uprade this thing anyway, it will work out less over all.

    This got me thinking.
    http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/product/EI SYSTEMS/3087/389383

    Sure it only has 256MB, but upgrade that and you are all set, and it's about half the price of that one too. And yeas, i know it isn't as pretty, but to be honest i'd rather hide the front ends away somewhere anyway.

    This one is a pretty good deal too:
    http://www.pcworld.co.uk:80/martprd/product/ADVENT/7110/103549
     
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    Hi funkstar,

    Have you had any experience with the mini-itx boards? They look very cool.

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    not any actual hand on experience. i have looked at them from time to timefor various reasons though.

    a couple of good UK sites (from what i can tell) are http://www.linitx.com/ and http://www.mini-itx.com/. The first one actually have a very sweet looking Core2Duo mini-ITX board. So it should be possible to build a very little HD capable system.
     
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    sounds excellent!

    excuse my ignorance, but what type of graphics card would be required and what would be the best method of cooling it?
     
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    Talking a bout small computers.... This thingy runs Linux, has a 10/100/1000 NIC and can run a resolution of 1024/768 on your screen.

    [​IMG]

    But I doubt it has a DX9 videocard :p
     
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    Or enough processing power to do anything useful as far as MediaPortal is concerned :p
     
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    forgot about the graphics card.

    The boards i was thinking about are made by Commell and come with two miniPCI slots (they look like laptop memory card slots) and a PCIe x16 slot. You could either use the onboard video or get a PCIe card. If you eventually wanted to use HDCP controlled HD video, then you will need a seperate PCIe card that had a DVI or HDMI port that supports HDCP. It wouldn't need to be very powerful as you won't need the 3D capabilities.

    I wouldn't be surprised if we see more lower end HDCP enabled cards in the future. There will be more and more people like us that need DVI/HDMI and HDCP but are not going to be using them for games.
     
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