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# 143515 17-Apr-2014 10:43
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Hi,
I am looking for a new mini PC to act as my HTPC to enable me to retire an old Vaio laptop, but am struggling to align function with expectation....

 I have been looking at a BRIX GB-BXi7-4770R which is pretty powerful and includes the Iris Pro graphics.

I generally only stream Netflix, MS office and I like to play Sins of a Solar Empire !!! What I really want is something that is quiet but will let me do most general stuff and be good for a few years, im not interested in playing Crysis and I have Blu-ray covered separately. I will be using Windows 8.1 and don't mind paying a little more if needed and normally just get the most powerful, but that sort of defeats the purpose for a HTPC I think

Any thoughts on the above spec or possibly something more realistic?

cheers

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  # 1027075 17-Apr-2014 19:41
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I bought a BRIX i3 via Amazon, including memory and mSATA SSD. Very quiet (as in the fan almost never comes on), plays HD pretty well. I didn't get anything more powerful simply because this is a dedicated HTPC with no gaming involved.






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  # 1027235 18-Apr-2014 10:29
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sins isnt light by any respect.


i would never expect my HTPC to run sins very well at all.




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It can be, my current Vaio has an I5 processor with an ATI Radon 5650 and that's over three year old now and runs it very well So I suppose whatever I get want to make sure that I get a step up.

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  # 1027555 18-Apr-2014 20:27
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well, only time i have ever played sins is large (10~30) person lans. gets pretty laggy even on my beast..




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