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tojoski

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I'm looking at replacing my existing HTPC with a smaller fanless / noiseless htpc that I can leave on 24/7 and use very little power.

 

Here are the parts I have picked out so far:

 

Case / PS: Akasa Euler passively cooled thin-itx case.

http://www.akasa.com.tw/update.php?tpl=product/product.detail.tpl&no=181&type=Chassis&type_sub=Mini%20ITX&model=AK-ITX05-BK

 

Motherboard: Intel DH61AG thin-itx motherboard

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/motherboards/desktop-motherboards/desktop-board-dh61ag.html

 

CPU: Intel Pentium G630T

http://ark.intel.com/products/53484

 

Ram:  Kingston Valueram 8Gb PC1600

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0089JIDUI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

 

Storage - OS: Intel 60Gb msata

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BD8LV0G/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3LJ5WMKNRFKQS

 

Storage - Timeshift / TV Recording Western Digital 500Gb 2.5 AV-GP

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004SB8YQ4/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

 

I looked at several of the embedded atom and amd based barebones mini pc's, but after testing media center on an atom N2800, I was left unimpressed.. maybe it would be ok with something like xbmc, but playing 1080p mkv's with lossless audio from WCM / My Movies is just more than the atom could handle smoothly.

 

The G630T is a 35w TDP processor, so it should hopefully run passive without an issue, and yet is almost 4 times as powerful as the N2800 and a decent upgrade from the LGA775 e6500 that I'm using now.

 

All in all I'm looking at about $550 to build this not including the OS which I already have.. either Windows 7 or Windows 8, I haven't decided yet..I have an extra unused copy of both.

 

Thanks and I appreciate any opinions you guys may mave, including other options to go fanless.

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I'm interested to know what info you've found on whether that CPU can actually run without a fan?

 

I'm wondering if the drive is big enough; maybe a 1TB would be better?

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schoondoggy

The picture on their website is the application I have been thinking about. This case has VESA mounting holes. Your configuration would make a nice Windows 8 PC mounted to the back of a touchscreen monitor, do it yourself AIO.

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