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Old May 17, 2012, 08:30 PM
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Default M-ITX and Net Tops for HTPC

Hello,

Lately I've been using my WD TV Live box for video and audio needs on my stereo, but I do miss having a physical computer on my TV. In the future I'd like to be running one again, and don't really know what's worth it. I'm also starting to fill up my HDD and don't know if buying one for this system is maybe not needed if I buy one and put it towards an M-ITX system (assuming costs are not outrageous).

M-ITX has all the capabilities of a computer, and can be build to handle much more then a HTPC would need to do, but it seems the costs would be higher. Net tops like Asus EEE systems and Zotac all in one units are another option but I'm not sure they could handle the loads at acceptable speeds for HTPC tasks (I'm not looking to stare a many loading screens).

Just curious what everyone's thoughts are, I did some searches but didn't see much mentioned. I guess my solid questions would be..

1.) Is a Net Top enough for 1080p video, 5.1 audio, and internet browsing, while never feeling overly bogged down. Also, how are they for hardware expansion/setup and usability (software side)?

2.) What is the cheapest M-ITX system you can build today to handle HTPC duties (ball park it, don't waste to much time)?

Thanks!
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