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    i was thinking of building a mini computer, partly out of bordom, and partly out of interest.

    https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/M...tle=mini%20ITX
    is the newegg wishlist link (i think it works....not sure tho)

    one problem i have come across is the CPU cooler cannot be more than 50mm tall, the one in the cart might fit, not sure, but disregard it because it says its 60mm i think... is there a QUIET 1U cpu cooler? i dont see anything but a 1U cpu cooler fitting into this micro system, but every 1u server (or cooler for the matter) i have ever seen ignores sound as a factor and they whine at 7 or 8k rpm and have 60db...
    i will have 2 decently quiet 80mm fans blowin from the top/side directly on the cpu HSF, so i wonder if a passive cooler might work...


    also, because im going mini itx, there isnt much room (at all) for a dedicated gfx card.... the intel MHD4500 is what i will have, with hdmi output, every review says it can play HD movies without any problems (aside from 90C northbridge temps..... im gonna put a small fan on that maybe).... does anyone have a notebook with this vga chipset? (its the mobile version.. thus the M in MHD4500) "will it play crysis" (just kidding) but the ability to play source games, and maybe some games of BF2/2142 equivalent would be a plus

    if i end up building this, it will probably be my lab rat.... if i want to test something, i can do it on this without fear of bustin my gaming rig

    anyone have any thoughts or tips on this?


    mini ITX mobo
    CPU this isnt concrete. i might go one step down in wattage depending on if i find a nice cooler
    2 sticks 2gb ddr2 800 ram OCZ
    case
    heatsink in question
    powered by Windows 7

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    Re: mini ITX possible build

    Originally posted by Tonk View Post
    i was thinking of building a mini computer, partly out of bordom, and partly out of interest.

    https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/M...tle=mini%20ITX
    is the newegg wishlist link (i think it works....not sure tho)

    one problem i have come across is the CPU cooler cannot be more than 50mm tall, the one in the cart might fit, not sure, but disregard it because it says its 60mm i think... is there a QUIET 1U cpu cooler? i dont see anything but a 1U cpu cooler fitting into this micro system, but every 1u server (or cooler for the matter) i have ever seen ignores sound as a factor and they whine at 7 or 8k rpm and have 60db...
    i will have 2 decently quiet 80mm fans blowin from the top/side directly on the cpu HSF, so i wonder if a passive cooler might work...


    also, because im going mini itx, there isnt much room (at all) for a dedicated gfx card.... the intel MHD4500 is what i will have, with hdmi output, every review says it can play HD movies without any problems (aside from 90C northbridge temps..... im gonna put a small fan on that maybe).... does anyone have a notebook with this vga chipset? (its the mobile version.. thus the M in MHD4500) "will it play crysis" (just kidding) but the ability to play source games, and maybe some games of BF2/2142 equivalent would be a plus

    if i end up building this, it will probably be my lab rat.... if i want to test something, i can do it on this without fear of bustin my gaming rig

    anyone have any thoughts or tips on this?


    mini ITX mobo
    CPU this isnt concrete. i might go one step down in wattage depending on if i find a nice cooler
    2 sticks 2gb ddr2 800 ram OCZ
    case
    heatsink in question
    If you're using a newer 45nm Intel CPU, the stock cooler will fit inside most mini-ITX cases. Something like the Pentium E5200.

    All of the stock Intel heatsinks nowadays will most likely fit into that case with some breathing room left over the cooler.
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    • #3
      Re: mini ITX possible build

      Why Mini-ITX? Why not go really small, and go Pico-ITX? Or wait until the mobos come out in Mobile-ITX!

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pico-ITX
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile-ITX
      Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

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      • #4
        Re: mini ITX possible build

        thats a lil too small, i just want a quiet, small, yet usable mini computer for quite possibly a HTPC or any other uses i can think of... the hardware is fairly cheap for a mini itx... 300 for mobo/gfx/ram/cpu (2.5 dual core no less)
        powered by Windows 7

        . . . .

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        • #5
          Re: mini ITX possible build

          I mention the pico because awhile back, we had a thread about a nifty little box that used one, currently selling for $300:

          http://www.logicsupply.com/products/artigo

          I need something that will fit in a 3x3 cavity for robotics work, so the mobile form factor sounds very sexy.

          Edit: Ah, here it is:

          http://www.tacticalgamer.com/hardwar...r-project.html
          Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

          snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

          Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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          • #6
            Re: mini ITX possible build

            Those types of things are perfect for portable in-car computers... navs and stereo systems and whatnot.
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            • #7
              Re: mini ITX possible build

              Damonte is currently building a miniITX system based on the Intel Atom 330 platform.

              He hopes to install OSX 10.5 on it. Cost should be under $300.

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              • #8
                Re: mini ITX possible build

                Originally posted by Damonte View Post
                Damonte is currently building a miniITX system based on the Intel Atom 330 platform.

                He hopes to install OSX 10.5 on it. Cost should be under $300.
                Damonte picked a good platform IMO.

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                • #9
                  Re: mini ITX possible build

                  Originally posted by Damonte View Post
                  Damonte is currently building a miniITX system based on the Intel Atom 330 platform.

                  He hopes to install OSX 10.5 on it. Cost should be under $300.
                  I would love to know how that turns out, Damonte. Keep us updated.

                  Though I doubt I could fit the Dual Core Atom in my Acer... if I can, I'll most definitely upgrade.
                  "But way back where I come from, we never mean to bother. We don't like to make our passions other peoples' concern." -Dar Williams
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                  • #10
                    Re: mini ITX possible build

                    Originally posted by Damonte View Post
                    Damonte is currently building a miniITX system based on the Intel Atom 330 platform.

                    He hopes to install OSX 10.5 on it. Cost should be under $300.
                    Wait a second, the dual-core Atom 330 is out already?

                    Where did you get it?
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                    Former 9th & 13th

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                    SSDs I Own: Kingston HyperX 3K (240 GB), Samsung 840 Pro (256 GB), Samsung 840 EVO (250 GB), Samsung 840 x 2 (120 GB), Plextor M5S (120 GB), OCZ Vertex (30 GB)

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                    • #11
                      Re: mini ITX possible build

                      Damonte's parts list:
                      $79.99 CPU and Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813121359
                      $55.99 Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811154084
                      $22.00 2GB Memory - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820134636
                      $54.00 250GB hard drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148262
                      $24.99 DVD burnder - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106264

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                      • #12
                        Re: mini ITX possible build

                        Oooh. That's pretty cheap. Good luck getting OSX on there.
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                        TG World of Tanks Clan Executive Officer
                        Former 9th & 13th

                        Pronounciation: Eh-Cree-Oh Ah-Nay-Ess
                        Still can't say it? Call me Acorn then. -.-





                        SSDs I Own: Kingston HyperX 3K (240 GB), Samsung 840 Pro (256 GB), Samsung 840 EVO (250 GB), Samsung 840 x 2 (120 GB), Plextor M5S (120 GB), OCZ Vertex (30 GB)

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                        • #13
                          Re: mini ITX possible build

                          reffering to one's self in third person is kinda weird/creepy, right tonk?

                          yes, tonk. it is.

                          unless someone that isnt damonte is posting via damonte's account =P

                          looking into it further, intel is putting out a new atom series q2 09 or so, system on a chip... integrated graphics, memory controller, processor all on the same chip, might hold out for that...not sure yet
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                          • #14
                            Re: mini ITX possible build

                            Originally posted by Tonk View Post
                            looking into it further, intel is putting out a new atom series q2 09 or so, system on a chip... integrated graphics, memory controller, processor all on the same chip, might hold out for that...not sure yet
                            Got a link for that Atom SoC news?

                            I haven't heard anything about Intel trying a SoC on the Atom series. I have heard that they might try it with the Centrino series though.

                            The way the SoCs are shaping out to be probably won't be netbooks or nettops. I'm hearing about a lot of "coming soon" devices that are using SoCs, but most of them are basically smartphones and other small handheld devices.
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                            TG World of Tanks Clan Executive Officer
                            Former 9th & 13th

                            Pronounciation: Eh-Cree-Oh Ah-Nay-Ess
                            Still can't say it? Call me Acorn then. -.-





                            SSDs I Own: Kingston HyperX 3K (240 GB), Samsung 840 Pro (256 GB), Samsung 840 EVO (250 GB), Samsung 840 x 2 (120 GB), Plextor M5S (120 GB), OCZ Vertex (30 GB)

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                            • #15
                              Re: mini ITX possible build

                              Originally posted by Acreo Aeneas View Post
                              Oooh. That's pretty cheap. Good luck getting OSX on there.
                              This is what Damonte is attempting:
                              http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?showtopic=113623

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