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Old April 24, 2013, 03:16 PM
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Just to throw another option out there... I grabbed a WD TV play from futureshop a month ago for $55 regular $70. It streams anything off Netflix without issue, and it has a USB port that can play avi/mp4/etc etc. supposedly only uses a handful of watts and has Hdmi/composite/wifi or wired Internet/and optical if you require for your sound. Not saying its perfect, but if your just after playing a few videos and watching Netflix I have next to no complaints.....none when you consider the price.
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Old April 24, 2013, 03:23 PM
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I'll check out sick beard. Unfortunately, my house is rather ancient and there aren't really enough outlets to go around and they are in awkward postions. powerline networking may not work well for me.
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Old April 24, 2013, 04:17 PM
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If your wifi is decent and its not on the opposite side of the house from the router it should be fine. Only issues you might run into are with streaming HD files and BR rips. Netflix should be ok up to a certain distance. If powerline ethernet isn't an option spend the coin on the best wifi you can.
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Old April 29, 2013, 10:44 PM
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I have two XBMC boxes

One running on one of these
Foxconn PRODUCT : NanoPC Barebones: Details

and the other running on an Athlon X2 5050e (45w 2.5ghz) running XBMC and mediaportal

I have 0 issue streaming 1080p to either of them. The foxconn barebone's only real weakness is cpu power when it comes to updating the database, otherwise it runs smoothly

what you spec'ed out is more than enough. The biggest thing now is making sure you're display drivers are up to snuff for DXVA to work propery

I have a hauppauge remote for one of my XBMC boxes, and I have one of these logitech keyboards on both that has an integrated touchpad. It's quite compact and I would recommend taking a look at it

Logitech® Wireless Touch Keyboard k400
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I have a hauppauge remote for one of my XBMC boxes, and I have one of these logitech keyboards on both that has an integrated touchpad. It's quite compact and I would recommend taking a look at it

Logitech® Wireless Touch Keyboard k400
That's a nice keyboard, I have a Logitech DiNovo Edge that is nice but a little clumsy just because of its size. I'm considering that as a backup, until the youngest is old enough to not want to make a mess of the pretty one.
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I spotted the k400 at walmart around xmas time and had to buy two of them. i don't care much for touchpads, but for the size of the keyboard, it's worth the compromise. I use the keys to navigate xbmc for the most part anyway
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Old May 1, 2013, 10:34 PM
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i scrapped my HTPC for a WD TV. less maintenance is better IMO. If i were to buy again a D-Link would be my unit of choice. The integrated My Movies works very well. its called a boxxee box right?

The WD TV streams everything perfectly (even 1080p rips) wirelessly. only hickups are VOB files :p for that i need ethernet.
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Old May 24, 2013, 03:54 PM
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Currently using a WD TV at the moment too, works pretty well but I do have some issues with it.

It can't play 10-bit files (for Anime mainly lol) and the the interface just feels slow compared to browsing around XMBC on a PC. Other than, it's great, especially for an all-in-one solution and being a very SFF device.
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Another option could be a NUC from Intel. Low power consumption, along with 1080p playback makes it a great option for my needs. Plus it's silent.....
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Q6600 will work perfectly fine it will just be hot & power hungry compared to more recent CPU's, if you don't mind it will be a powerful processor for an HTPC.
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