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  Reply # 1074983 26-Jun-2014 13:21 Send private message

^^Yeah would be pretty cool, would it struggle trying to play 1080p content..

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  Reply # 1075041 26-Jun-2014 14:42 Send private message

loceff13: ^^Yeah would be pretty cool, would it struggle trying to play 1080p content..


It would play 1080p h264 content with ease. It's a bit overpowered for an XBMC box imo, but it's nice to have a bit of headroom.







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  Reply # 1075051 26-Jun-2014 14:48 Send private message

HowickDota:  It's a bit overpowered for an XBMC box imo, but it's nice to have a bit of headroom.


More Power!

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  Reply # 1075057 26-Jun-2014 15:07 Send private message

Jaxson:
HowickDota:  It's a bit overpowered for an XBMC box imo, but it's nice to have a bit of headroom.


More Power!


Yes! I'm considering an i5 thin client to replace my desktop, I don't play any demanding games anymore so the idea of something silent, space saving with a low power draw is very appealing to me. However there aren't any models with DP or DVI so I wouldn't be able to use my monitor at 2560x1440 res, argh!





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  Reply # 1075069 26-Jun-2014 15:31 Send private message

HowickDota:
loceff13: ^^Yeah would be pretty cool, would it struggle trying to play 1080p content..


It would play 1080p h264 content with ease. It's a bit overpowered for an XBMC box imo, but it's nice to have a bit of headroom.



Should also play 1080i contect (which is harder) as well.
Will probably buy one as a mediaportal client for the bedroom - nice and silent.

I'll probably get the 4GB ram/ 32GB ssd one for 264.10 USD.

Hopefully it really is fine running 24/7.



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  Reply # 1075108 26-Jun-2014 16:38 Send private message

Hmm 32gb... I'd go for 64 min
reason being is that mepo stores metadata etc on each client.




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  Reply # 1075270 26-Jun-2014 21:28 Send private message

HowickDota: There's a nice deal on an i3 ultra compact PC for 260NZD shipped with UPS/DHL/FedEx on aliexpress. It's got the same processor as the previous line of i3 NUC's (i3 3217u).
Would make a great HTPC or even low powered desktop.


This would have been perfect when I was putting an HTPC together for my sister to run XBMC! Bit confused on the storage, though - in different places it suggests it's got 500GB, elsewhere an 8GB SSD. If only 8GB, is that enough to run Windows 8 and a few programmes? (assuming all media is on an external drive...)

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  Reply # 1075271 26-Jun-2014 21:40 Send private message

jonathan18:
HowickDota: There's a nice deal on an i3 ultra compact PC for 260NZD shipped with UPS/DHL/FedEx on aliexpress. It's got the same processor as the previous line of i3 NUC's (i3 3217u).
Would make a great HTPC or even low powered desktop.

This would have been perfect when I was putting an HTPC together for my sister to run XBMC! Bit confused on the storage, though - in different places it suggests it's got 500GB, elsewhere an 8GB SSD. If only 8GB, is that enough to run Windows 8 and a few programmes? (assuming all media is on an external drive...)


2 possibilities.
  • 8Gb is enough to run a basic Linux OS and 500Gb SATA drive for data
  • 8Gb SSD accellerator to accompany the 500Gb HDD.  Something in software works out the most frequently accessed files and caches a copy of these to the SSD for much faster future access.
I ordered the dual core celeron version of this machine (the chassis looks the same but I didn't get the wireless add-on) a few days ago for an HTPC and expect it to arrive tomorrow or Monday.  I have a 120Gb mSATA SSD and 4Gb fo RAM here ready for it.




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  Reply # 1075275 26-Jun-2014 21:43 Send private message

8gb is for linux xbmc or slim windows plus xbmc. You can't put regular win7 or win8 on that small a hdd. Hdd size also depends on whether you store the movies on the htpc or a seperate device. My htpc has 17tb plus a 120gb ssd.




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  Reply # 1075278 26-Jun-2014 21:52 Send private message

kiwijunglist: 8gb is for linux xbmc or slim windows plus xbmc. You can't put regular win7 or win8 on that small a hdd. Hdd size also depends on whether you store the movies on the htpc or a seperate device. My htpc has 17tb plus a 120gb ssd.


You must surely be running out of room on the 17TB's of drives? I jest, of course! We can't get through everything we've got on our 2TB NAS; I assume you must have it full of blu-ray rips and/or be a hoarder?! 

What size SSD would be needed to run Win 7 say, plus a few programmes (but no or very few media files)? I've suggested to my sister she put a SSD in her machine (a ZOTAC ZBOX with an AMD processor; it's not too bad but I think the upgrade would be worth it.)

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  Reply # 1075282 26-Jun-2014 22:04 Send private message

Ahhhh, keep on topic guys

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  Reply # 1075291 26-Jun-2014 22:40 One person supports this post Send private message

Dynamic:

2 possibilities.
  • 8Gb is enough to run a basic Linux OS and 500Gb SATA drive for data
  • 8Gb SSD accellerator to accompany the 500Gb HDD.  Something in software works out the most frequently accessed files and caches a copy of these to the SSD for much faster future access.
I ordered the dual core celeron version of this machine (the chassis looks the same but I didn't get the wireless add-on) a few days ago for an HTPC and expect it to arrive tomorrow or Monday.  I have a 120Gb mSATA SSD and 4Gb fo RAM here ready for it.


Let us know how it works out for you :)

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  Reply # 1075299 26-Jun-2014 22:45 Send private message

dacraka: Ahhhh, keep on topic guys

It seems HTPCs are too exciting.





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  Reply # 1075309 26-Jun-2014 22:59 Send private message

Well I think that 120gb is the sweet spot for small ssd 2.5" drives. I don't think you save that much $$ by going down to 60gb and the risk isn't worth it. If you are looking at msata ssd drives then that is a different question. I would recommend you google "buildapcsales reddit" and wait for a nice deal on a 120gb ssd from . Postage is about 6 bucks. Your looking at about 85 to 100nzd for 120gb incl postage.

If you want to store movies and os on the same drive then grab a 7200rpm 1 or 2 or 3tb drive.

And yes bluray rips and hoarding




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  Reply # 1075321 26-Jun-2014 23:30 One person supports this post Send private message

I know this is in the off topic forum, but let's try and move back to the thread topic of bargains and deals now please. ;-) Cheers all.

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