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  # 982675 9-Feb-2014 12:53
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freitasm: Waiting for Intel NUC to ship to NZ so we can replace our old HTPC...


I am in the processing replacing mine with this

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FYKNCTC/ref=oh_details_o01_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

With a mSATA drive the Windows experience for the disk drive is 8.1 which is the fastest I have ever seen. I guess the combination of SSD and 6Gbs SATA makes all the difference.

Biggest issue is it only has 2 USB ports so with one taken up with mouse/keyboard I have to use the other with a hub to support

- USB hard drive
- USB DVB-T tuner (Hauppauge)
- USB USB-UIRT (for channel switching)
- USB analogue capture card for cable TV

The accessories take up more space than the PC itself!

The Celeron is quite quick but since I only use the PC for recording with all playback done with Popcorn Hours I didn't need anything faster.

To get back on topic the unit and mSATA drive both came from Amazon, ordered at the same time but in separate shipments and free shipping.




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System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen, Denon AVRS730H 7.2 Channel Dolby Atmos/DTS-X AV Receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast, Odroid C2 running Kodi and Plex

 

 


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  # 982683 9-Feb-2014 13:04
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Wouldn't work for me. In our case the HTPC is our recording and playback device. Storage is not a problem, but HDTV (H.264) support is, so it needs a good GPU and Celeron won't do it.




 
 
 
 


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  # 982735 9-Feb-2014 14:27
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freitasm: Wouldn't work for me. In our case the HTPC is our recording and playback device. Storage is not a problem, but HDTV (H.264) support is, so it needs a good GPU and Celeron won't do it.


Well out of interest I took a recording of TV3 (HD) and played it back on the machine using VLC and it played fine. The Intel HD graphics on the MB can handle the H.264 files fine.

The box has both HDMI and Displayport out and drives a 60" at 1920x1080 32bit colour with no problem.




Staying in Wellington. Check out my AirBnB in the Wellington CBD.  https://www.airbnb.co.nz/rooms/32019730  Mention GZ to get a 10% discount

 

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System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen, Denon AVRS730H 7.2 Channel Dolby Atmos/DTS-X AV Receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast, Odroid C2 running Kodi and Plex

 

 


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  # 983169 10-Feb-2014 09:20
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hangon:
Fabian: 
This just happened to me, order a ssd drive last night and it went straight into customs within hours of ordering.  Either drives get flagged for checking of inappropriate material or it's a delay thing.  Oh well, we will see when it arrives. 

Which brand of SSD did you order?

Some flash products are still too expensive here, but SSD appears to be a different story. Unless there is a compelling reason (price/performance or favorite brand), I'd find the Seagate 600 series is a good buy locally (PB Tech and alike). 


Compact Flash cards for DSLR cameras are ridiculously over-priced here, for sure. I never buy those in NZ.





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  # 983187 10-Feb-2014 10:08
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I'm testing their free delivery now.

Order from last night scheduled to arrive Feb 24-March 3rd so we shall see!





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  # 983189 10-Feb-2014 10:10
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Geektastic: 

Compact Flash cards for DSLR cameras are ridiculously over-priced here, for sure. I never buy those in NZ.


SD cards too...eg, harvey norman selling sandisk 32gb 45MB/s card for $169. Same card from amazon, around $38nzd, and with free shipping too if you plan group purchases well. 

Some people in NZ are making a small fortune importing these things -- although, I wonder how many actually pay stupid HN prices?

 
 
 
 


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surfisup1000:
Geektastic: 

Compact Flash cards for DSLR cameras are ridiculously over-priced here, for sure. I never buy those in NZ.


SD cards too...eg, harvey norman selling sandisk 32gb 45MB/s card for $169. Same card from amazon, around $38nzd, and with free shipping too if you plan group purchases well. 

Some people in NZ are making a small fortune importing these things -- although, I wonder how many actually pay stupid HN prices?


Well, I think it's a LITTLE unfair to make it sound so simple. Bricks and Mortar stores have much higher costs to go with a physical presence, staff on hand to assist, provide advice. 

It's all well and good that you know what you want, but MOST people don't, they want an end result but have no idea what is required. Most people are happy to pay extra for that.

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  # 983198 10-Feb-2014 10:20
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surfisup1000:
Geektastic: 

Compact Flash cards for DSLR cameras are ridiculously over-priced here, for sure. I never buy those in NZ.


SD cards too...eg, harvey norman selling sandisk 32gb 45MB/s card for $169. Same card from amazon, around $38nzd, and with free shipping too if you plan group purchases well. 

Some people in NZ are making a small fortune importing these things -- although, I wonder how many actually pay stupid HN prices?


The other problem is the mass of fake cards. Sandisk in particular are available all over the place as fakes and very hard to tell from originals (it is something Sandisk should spend a lot more effort on, as it must be costing them a fortune in lost sales).

I now use only Hoodman cards from the USA, bought direct from Hoodman. They are super high quality and they test each card extensively themselves in the USA before releasing it for sale. They used to actually make them in the USA, but decided that the best facilities were in Taiwan, so they are made there to their specs and then tested when they arrive in the US.

Hoodman are too small a maker to be faked really - and buying direct from them pretty much obviates that risk anyway.





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  # 984704 12-Feb-2014 07:07
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Mine has just left the states, so it's looking to arrive on time.

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  # 984781 12-Feb-2014 09:21
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Fabian: Mine has just left the states, so it's looking to arrive on time.


good luck with that, my package has arrived in nz over a week ago, its now two days pass the expected delivery date and no signs of movement....guess its sitting at a depot somewhere in nz collecting dust  

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  # 984882 12-Feb-2014 10:48
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Just an update that the first box of my last order that arrived in NZ on 2 Feb, was delivered this morning, 3 weeks after ordering. Today is the estimated delivery date (US time?) they might have given up waiting for the other box which was still in states on 4 Feb, slept for over a week in a depot.

Some other bits ordered from UK last Monday also arrived this morning. Mail service. iparcel could do better - and their tracing page sucks on a phone.

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  # 985118 12-Feb-2014 14:30
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I took advantage of the free delivery. I ordered 4 items at the same time - two items needed to be shipped via the NZ Post YouShop and the other two sent via Amazon direct. The YouShop items arrived yesterday, but the Amazon items are still showing as in the US - I think there is a bit of a wait being incurred.





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  # 986860 13-Feb-2014 16:43
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my item has finally arrived, ordered on the 20th jan

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  # 987108 14-Feb-2014 07:36
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So I ordered a speaker on Friday 7th, it shipped the next day, then ordered a Cisco switch yesterday (13th), it shipped today.
Speaker is shipping with i-parcel, estimated delivery 25th Feb, the Cisco is going DHL and should be here 20th Feb.
Pretty impressive speed for the switch considering the shipping was free-less than a week. And the total came to about $380 NZD so hopefully won't be charged the import fees they have collected

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