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I'm thinking of making my next media center all external.

post #1 of 10
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No Optical Drives
No Hard Drives
No Internal Tuners.


So the machine will consist of a small motherboard a cool running processor and a tiny case.


Externally I will go with a couple of HD Homeruns
An NV Nas+
And Hopefully some sort of external DVD player.


I don't know how I'm going to do it but the intention is to just have a gigabit cable and power going to the machine.
post #2 of 10
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Case
post #3 of 10
do you plan to load the operating system from the network? You can also consider installing the OS on a solid state drive which will be silent and efficient.

I am curious what is the overall goal of this?

Itai
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do you plan to load the operating system from the network? You can also consider installing the OS on a solid state drive which will be silent and efficient.

I am curious what is the overall goal of this?

Itai

If you can really pare down the OS, you might be able to get it to run from a 8 GB flash drive. Boot times are very nice with solid state disk.

Thanks,
Mike
post #5 of 10
I'd probably just go with a small silent laptop drive.

- Josh
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I'd probably just go with a small silent laptop drive.

- Josh

+1
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I'd probably just go with a small silent laptop drive.

- Josh

I have a couple of those lying around so that works.
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Originally Posted by cubesys View Post

do you plan to load the operating system from the network? You can also consider installing the OS on a solid state drive which will be silent and efficient.

I am curious what is the overall goal of this?

Itai

Hmm I hadn't thought about it, what would this entail?
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I am curious what is the overall goal of this?

By Decoupling all the storage and tuning I can put a completely silent and minimally configured htpc in place very very easily.

It's kind of an extreme version of my less is more philosophy.
post #10 of 10
neat idea.

another case suggestion:



http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16856171002

it has an internal laptop optical drive, though.
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