Cheap and little 1080P box

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I have a NAS that streams my blu-ray mkv backups. I want to build a box that has HDMI out for audio and video. I need it to be able to play back 1080P and would like to possibly be able to watch Hulu and some other flash or silverlight high def content. I also need to make sure the playback of the MKV files doesnt require too much that they were encoded correctly because I didn't know about the different L4 and L5 and I needed that to get hardware acceleration to work. I would like it to be as small as possible and as silent as possible. I also want to run XBMC full version along with full version of AEON skin as well. Thanks so much everyone and have a great day...

ps. the cheaper the better thanks.
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i dont think i can suggest something lower than ~$375 USD...

Still good?
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eskro - why u cant suggest this build - [Mini-ITX] Atom 330 2x1.6Ghz + ION1 (BareBone) $186 -?
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im afraid you'll run into problems when viewing High Def SilverLight stuff....
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And advanced skins like AEON.

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AEON as i know it would be too heavy....

thats why i cant suggest something lower than ~$375 USD... (included RAM & SSD)
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eskro could you please make a suggestion ? i am interested too.

acesup_11 sorry for using your thread, i think we are in the same page.
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eskro Offline
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Like i said,
i could be wrong but,
if the plan is to watch SilverLight HD stuff,
im afraid the ION motherboards aren't powerful enough...
till someone proves me wrong, i would suggest one of these 2 build,

please note that these are BareBone builds...
Meaning, RAM and Hard Drives aren't included...
Those are left-out purposely so you can choose them yourself according to your needs!

[Micro-ATX] Celeron 2x2.6Ghz + GT210 ($241)
[Micro-ATX] Athlon 2x3.0Ghz + GT210 ($254)

So feel free to swap any parts at any given time because in the end,
everybody has different tastes right!?
(This post was last modified: 2011-02-11 16:58 by eskro.)
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What is difference in this case between Celeron and Athlon ? which on is better ?
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I personally prefer AMD Athlon over the Celeron. If I went with Intel I would, without a doubt, purchase the Core i3 530. It has a great heat profile and solid performance.
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eskro Offline
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[GPU] ZOTAC GT210 512MB DDR3 64-bit Fanless Low Profile ($35 + $0)
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Zotac Zbox HD-ID11 Intel Atom 510 Hyperthreading NVIDIA ION2 HDMI DVI LAN eSATA WLAN Barebone NetTop for 201.78 $ (After mail in rebate)

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=53255

Who is cheaper?
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4public, he wants to to watch Hulu and some silverlight high def content!!
the Anemic ATOM cpu's cant cope with that...
and also the AEON skin is a heavy duty skin,,,
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eskro Wrote:4public, he wants to to watch Hulu and some silverlight high def content!!
the Anemic ATOM cpu's cant cope with that...
and also the AEON skin is a heavy duty skin,,,

Thanks so much I appreciate the help. I would like to be around $350 for all the parts definitely under $400 I love the form factor of mini- itx/atx but is there any benefit to going with micro itx/atx ? So I hope that is more information that can help with the suggestions. I have to admit another $20-30 wouldn't kill me if its really worth the upgrade.
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at equal price of a Micro-ATX build, the mini-ITX build will be less powerful...
thats what you have to kinda 'sacrifice' by going with a small form factor box...
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