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Old 01-31-2012, 08:29 AM - Thread Starter
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Working on a small HTPC build for the kids. I want to keep it clean, so I want an integrated IR receiver.

I already have the following components:

Habey EMC-800B
Intel i3-2120T Processor
32GB SSD

Here is a thread I started detailing my previous builds:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1337439

In those builds I went with an Intel DH67CF board which I like, but I'm looking to go a bit cheaper if I can.

Can anyone recommend a good Mini-ITX board with integrated IR and HDMI out that will work with an i3-2120T?

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Old 01-31-2012, 11:36 AM
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You could save a little money by not using that much memory... its not really needed.

Note: If the stock fan that comes on the i5 processors are the same as the i3 processors, you will not be able to use it on the Habey ECM-800b. You won't have enough clearance between the fan and the drive bay housing.
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:44 AM - Thread Starter
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Thanks, I may go with 4GB for this build but for the small $ difference I will likely go with 8GB and disable the swap file.

I will be using the i3 T-series which has a low profile fan that fits fine.
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You're looking for the CIRC header I believe which only comes on Intel boards.

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Sorry to hijack but if a board has that header is there an IR receiver that comes with it? Do you have to drill a hole in the case or something?
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:31 PM - Thread Starter
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I have purchased the IR header separately for these Intel boards, off eBay per the thread I linked above. I've drilled holes in the cases, pics in that same thread.
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Take a regular MCE USB receiver, take it apart, cut off the "external" USB connector, install an "internal" USB header. Now it's an internal receiver. If you need to cut holes in your case for an internal receiver, you'll have to do it for an Intel one as well.

Why limit your choices?
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I have purchased the IR header separately for these Intel boards, off eBay per the thread I linked above. I've drilled holes in the cases, pics in that same thread.

Ah I missed that thanks.
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I have the Asrock Z68m-ITX/HT which has a CIR header on it and comes with a receiver. This board is awesome! Has UFI bios, which means it takes about 1 second to post and starts loading windows instantly! With the SSD you are getting this will give you really fast boot times of less than 20 seconds from power on.

The board is rock solid with lots of features and I hightly recommend it. The only downside is the quality of the CIR receiver they give you. It requires you to piont the remote directly at it, which is why I'm looking at an alternative CIR receiver.

Final note the pin layout of the CIR header is slightly different to that on the intel boards, but it does have the same pins. This just means if you can purchase one designed for the intel boards and simply have it repinned to fit on the Asrock board.
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