Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 7th Aug 2011 22:46 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems And yes, another item, right away. I'm on the hunt for a mini-ITX motherboard for use in a living room HTPC, and considering there's so much choice out there, I'm a little confused. Then I realised I have you people to help me out, and, well, one thing led to another.
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RE[2]: AMD E-350
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 8th Aug 2011 12:18 UTC in reply to "RE: AMD E-350"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Indications are I won't need a case fan, also since the PSU fan is directed towards the motherboard, which should help.

Could anybody with knowledge about this stuff confirm?

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RE[3]: AMD E-350
by fran on Mon 8th Aug 2011 13:42 in reply to "RE[2]: AMD E-350"
fran Member since:
2010-08-06

cant confirm this but do have some advice on fans.

If you do have to buy a fan think of getting one with manual speed setting outside the case.

I would go with this one.

Antec Truquite (can switch between 600&1000 RPM)
http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=MjY4Ng==
On the 600rpm it's noise is a low 8.9dba

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RE[4]: AMD E-350
by garyd on Mon 8th Aug 2011 19:24 in reply to "RE[3]: AMD E-350"
garyd Member since:
2008-10-22

If you do have to buy a fan think of getting one with manual speed setting outside the case.


For case fans, I'd recommend anything with two ball bearings and an potentiometer for manual control. If you're going to go with AMD, there's no sense in buying the last generation unless you stumble on a really good bargain. I've recently built a system with an AMD A6-3650 Llano APU and used a Rosewill RFX-80BL case fan (80mm, dual bb, and pot). There are several FM1 socket motherboards available from the best vendors but you'll probably find that bare bones systems are cheaper to buy than if you bought all the parts separately. The AMD Llano series have reviewed well for both low-midrange gaming systems and I've seen at least one HTPC oriented review (Anandtech?).

If you want to go with an entirely passive cooled system, I'd recommend looking at the Shuttle XS35GT-804 which is an Intel Atom D510 with an Nvidia ION GPU. Expect to pay a little more since these are basically netbook parts in a tiny barebones desktop case. The oly downside is that it can only take up to 2 Gb RAM but that should be sufficient for most single task HTPC needs. Optionally, it can take a slim Blu-Ray player to round out your HTPC options. Again, this will probably be a more expensive option but its footprint is ideal if you want to minimize the space it uses near your display.

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RE[3]: AMD E-350
by grat on Wed 10th Aug 2011 20:04 in reply to "RE[2]: AMD E-350"
grat Member since:
2006-02-02

I didn't have a case fan on my original build (Apex MI-008 case), but the Ceton CableCARD card runs very hot, so I had to add one.

Since you're unlikely to be sporting such a beast, I doubt you'd need extra cooling.

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