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Old 15th March 2013, 12:09 AM   #1
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Default Thin mini itx setup

Have a question about a thin mini itx setup, being a computer noob I really have no idea..
I want to build a tiny computer into an existing case I have, motherboard has to be thin (slim) mini ITX, I have narrowed it down to 2 choices,

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/...-dn2800mt.html

or this,

SPCR • View topic - Intel DH61AG Media Series Mini-ITX mobo

I dont game. Basically it will be used a a media PC, used for the occasional Full hd movie but mainly for playing music via a usb DAC, web surfing and word processing. I want to have a bluray drive to rip movies/music to the computer as well.

Any tips?

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Old 15th March 2013, 07:35 PM   #2
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I don't know for sure but it has been suggested by hardware reviewers that AMD Fusion and Intel Atom CPUs can not handle the Silverlight version of Netflix. Not sure if that concerns you.
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Old 16th March 2013, 12:12 AM   #3
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Net flix is not really a concern, internet is too slow here for movie streaming, id rather just hire a DVD?BD.
do you think there would be any issues with just playng a disc?
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Old 16th March 2013, 02:51 AM   #4
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What is your existing case?
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Old 16th March 2013, 03:07 AM   #5
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Old 16th March 2013, 04:33 AM   #6
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Fully Assembled PC with M350 Enclosure, Intel Dual Core ULTRA THIN Atom 1.86 Ghz, 60w AC adapter

that is smoking deal

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Old 18th March 2013, 02:24 AM   #7
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For smooth 1080P playback, 1080p/h264 DXVA capable video card/chipset is a major requirement for you. I think intel NM10 Express chipset board you picked doesn't fall into this category.

Intel ivy bridge + itx mainboard : best imho, but costly
Intel Atom + Nvidia ION2 platform: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AT5IONTI/
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Amd Fusion/Trinity platform
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Old 18th March 2013, 03:01 AM   #8
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I see why you have your requirements now.

You have to consider the amount of cooling too, and with such a case, assume none. Unless you have a drill...

You might want to read this regarding HD video playback capability of DN2800MT:
Cedar Trail Platform: Intel D2500HN and Intel DN2800MT Mainboards Review. Page 8 - X-bit labs
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Old 21st March 2013, 07:50 AM   #9
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I use an AMD E-450 board, which copes with this sort of thing well enough.
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Old 21st March 2013, 02:56 PM   #10
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I use an AMD E-450 board, which copes with this sort of thing well enough.

I agree, I use a laptop based on AMD E450 processor, i.e. HP DM1 4108 model, it worked very well, the laptop runs at least 5-6 hours on battery non stop without charging.
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