Small quiet htpc for bedroom - AVS Forum
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 11 Old 10-12-2012, 12:00 PM - Thread Starter
AVS Special Member
 
cburbs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Somewhere in Oregon
Posts: 2,872
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 18
I am looking to move the wdtv live plus to the kids room and would like to get a small htpc to replace it....what I am looking for it to do:

Stream Netflix, MLS Live Soccer, ESPN3
WMC – No live tv but use shared folder from main HTPC for tv show playback
MediaBrowser\XMBC for movies from network
Small, Quiet, Fanless if possible as this is replacing my WD TV Live Plus

Options I have seen:
FitPC3 basic barebone

Foxconn is coming out with a few fanless ones.

"Dang! You got shocks, pegs... lucky! You ever take it off any sweet jumps? "

Sony 55EX500 Settings
cburbs is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 Old 10-12-2012, 12:34 PM
Advanced Member
 
Tiddles88's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 583
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 24
I built this one for $300:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1429850/my-dirt-cheap-300-htpc-build-please-rate

It cannot be upgraded with a GPU (or anything actually with that case) but it should be fine for what you want to do. Even though I'm using the stock heatsink you can't hear it unless you put your ear to the case.
Tiddles88 is offline  
post #3 of 11 Old 10-12-2012, 02:27 PM
AVS Special Member
 
StardogChampion's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: New Hampshire, USA
Posts: 2,994
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 31 Post(s)
Liked: 117
There's a good one if you Google "e-i5 intel barebones".

It's what I have with the G620 for my bedroom HTPC and it's very quiet. I used it to watch 1080p MKVs over the network, live HD TV, Netflix, Xfinity, Hulu, ABC.com, etc. and listen to music from the server and streaming.

 

 

StardogChampion is offline  
post #4 of 11 Old 10-12-2012, 03:53 PM - Thread Starter
AVS Special Member
 
cburbs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Somewhere in Oregon
Posts: 2,872
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 18
Your e-i5 series was another one on my list but not quite as small as some of the others.

"Dang! You got shocks, pegs... lucky! You ever take it off any sweet jumps? "

Sony 55EX500 Settings
cburbs is offline  
post #5 of 11 Old 10-18-2012, 06:37 PM - Thread Starter
AVS Special Member
 
cburbs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Somewhere in Oregon
Posts: 2,872
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 18
This isn't bad - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856119072&name=Mini-Booksize-Barebone-Systems
Add some memory and your under $200.

"Dang! You got shocks, pegs... lucky! You ever take it off any sweet jumps? "

Sony 55EX500 Settings
cburbs is offline  
post #6 of 11 Old 11-29-2012, 07:16 PM - Thread Starter
AVS Special Member
 
cburbs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Somewhere in Oregon
Posts: 2,872
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 18
Looks like there are some more options for small pcs - http://www.htpc-reviews.com/complete-systems. Just not sure how queit some of these will be.

"Dang! You got shocks, pegs... lucky! You ever take it off any sweet jumps? "

Sony 55EX500 Settings
cburbs is offline  
post #7 of 11 Old 11-29-2012, 07:28 PM
Senior Member
 
ajkrishock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 251
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by cburbs View Post

This isn't bad - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856119072&name=Mini-Booksize-Barebone-Systems
Add some memory and your under $200.

That 1.6 GHz AMD E-350 is the same one I have on a Gigabyte board I use and I'm having streaming troubles with 1080p from my Windows Home Server. It's possible to overclock it to maybe 1.8 but heat and noise would then become an issue.

That said, it does work well for just about every other use I have for it including music, Live & recorded TV, etc. A bit noisy though.
ajkrishock is offline  
post #8 of 11 Old 11-29-2012, 07:33 PM
AVS Addicted Member
 
assassin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 12,894
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Liked: 205
I don't recommend zacate or atom at all. Much much better options out there for about the same cost.
assassin is offline  
post #9 of 11 Old 11-29-2012, 07:38 PM
AVS Special Member
 
StardogChampion's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: New Hampshire, USA
Posts: 2,994
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 31 Post(s)
Liked: 117
The Q190 looks interesting -- finally some small PCs that are NOT Zacate or Atom but Celeron mobile!

 

 

StardogChampion is offline  
post #10 of 11 Old 11-29-2012, 09:38 PM
AVS Special Member
 
StardogChampion's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: New Hampshire, USA
Posts: 2,994
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 31 Post(s)
Liked: 117
Quote:
Originally Posted by cburbs View Post

Your e-i5 series was another one on my list but not quite as small as some of the others.

The E-i3 is available now. It's 15mm shorter than the E-i5 at 60mm.



(also available in black)

And this one too (S197-H80):



197mm x 197mm x 80mm

 

 

StardogChampion is offline  
post #11 of 11 Old 11-30-2012, 06:07 AM
Advanced Member
 
DanPackMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: NC
Posts: 504
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Liked: 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by cburbs View Post

This isn't bad - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856119072&name=Mini-Booksize-Barebone-Systems
Add some memory and your under $200.
Quote:
Originally Posted by ajkrishock View Post

That 1.6 GHz AMD E-350 is the same one I have on a Gigabyte board I use and I'm having streaming troubles with 1080p from my Windows Home Server. It's possible to overclock it to maybe 1.8 but heat and noise would then become an issue.
That said, it does work well for just about every other use I have for it including music, Live & recorded TV, etc. A bit noisy though.

If you do go for the Foxconn, spend a few more $ and get this one, you will get good 1080 playback without need to overclock. Noise is pretty low, but you would probably want to keep it in sleep when not using.
DanPackMan is offline  
Reply Home Theater Computers

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off