Go Back   Hardware Canucks > PC BUILDERS & TWEAKERS CORNER > New Builds

    
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old July 13, 2011, 06:27 PM
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 61
Question Cheap, quiet, cool, wireless box for 1080P tv in the bedroom.

Hi all,

How cheap and dirty can I go for just a simple 1080P compliant wireless box in the bedroom? Something for surfing, emails, HD movies and music.

Want to keep it under $500.

Intel processor
Intel or Asus Mobo
nVidia graphics if possible, otherwise whatever on board flavour can handle 1080P easily.
Corsair P/S and RAM if possible
Wireless capability
Moderate HD size.
Maybe a blueray DD.
Coolermaster case of some sort.

Must run cool and quiet. Is there an underpowered Intel CPU I might just get away with heatsinks on? Any way to avoid case fans?

What parts out of the bin would you pick? Prefer to pick the stuff up at Canada Computers.

Last edited by philthygeezer; July 13, 2011 at 06:39 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old July 13, 2011, 07:20 PM
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 61
Default

Asus P8H67-I Deluxe (Rev. 3.0) Socket 1155 Intel H67 Chipset Dual-Channel DDR3 1333/1066MHz 1x PCI-Express 2.0 x16 GigaLAN 8-CH High Definition Audio 2x SATA 6.0Gb/s 2x SATA 3.0Gb/s 4x USB 3.0 6xUSB 2.0 Mini ITX Part no: P8H67-I Deluxe (Rev. 3.0) $149.99

Intel Core i3-2100T Dual-Core Socket LGA1155, 2.5Ghz, 3MB L3 Cache, 32nm (Retail Boxed) (BX80623I32100T)
Part no: BX80623I32100T $139.99

SilverStone Sugo SG05B Black SFF Mini-ITX Case with 300W Power Supply
Part no: SST-SG05B $101.99

Corsair Value Select 4GB DDR3 1066MHz CL7 SODIMM (CM3X4GSD1066)
Part no: CM3X4GSD1066 $32.99

LG CH12LS28 Black 12x Blu-ray Read 16x DVD+/-R/RW Write Combo Drive LightScribe SATA
Part no: CH12LS28 $69.99

Western Digital Caviar Green (WD15EARS) 1500GB (1.5TB) SATA 3 Gb/s 64MB (OEM)
Part no: WD15EARS $59.99

++++++++++++++++++++

That's about $550 + tax all up. Did I miss anything?
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old July 13, 2011, 07:28 PM
Keltron 3030's Avatar
Allstar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Mt. Pearl, Newfoundland
Posts: 621

My System Specs

Default

go with the new AMD Fusion APU's. They are your best bet at a HTPC
__________________
FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU-
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old July 13, 2011, 07:31 PM
Banned
F@H
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: mtl
Posts: 12,694
Default

another vote for the apus. they kick butt in the graphics department!

which mobo,thats another thing. perhaps get something matx or even mini itx? theres not that much choice right now...

and boards got to mature a bit.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old July 13, 2011, 08:04 PM
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 61
Default

Asus ENGT520SILENT/DI/1GD3(LP) nVidia GeForce GT 520 Chipset (810 MHz) 1GB (600MHz) DDR3 DVI/HDMI/VGA PCI Express 2.0 Graphics Card
Part no: ENGT520SILENT/DI/1GD3(LP) $64.99

Interesting. So I could build a fair to middling PC with a 35W CPU and a fanless video card.

Would this be a fair bit more powerful than the Fusion APUs?

If putting together a Fusion APU setup, what components would you use for a Mini-ITX case?
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old July 16, 2011, 08:22 PM
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 61
Default

Hmm seems like if I keep the Intel architecture I could just drop an I5-2500K in it and not worry about adding graphics. ...?
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old July 16, 2011, 08:38 PM
enaberif's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Calgahree, AB
Posts: 10,679
Default

SilverStone Technology Co., Ltd.

great case for $80 and uses a full size psu
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old July 16, 2011, 11:58 PM
supaflyx3's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Chilliwack BC
Posts: 2,556

My System Specs

Default

Go for the APUs, if you have ram, a psu and case it would only cost you about $180 for the apu + mobo.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old July 17, 2011, 12:43 PM
Rison's Avatar
Allstar
F@H
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Truro, NS
Posts: 936

My System Specs

Default

I typically like to keep things simple. When I read the topic, I thought zotac box.
Then I read your description, which doesn't fit.. but for your needs, this would do nicely:

NCIX.com - Buy Zotac Zbox HD-ID31-PLUS-U Intel Atom D525 1GB 250GB DVDRW NVIDIA ION2 HDMI DVI WLAN USB 3.0 NetTop - Zotac - ZBOXHD-ID31-PLUS-U - in Canada

For blu ray:
NCIX.com - Buy Zotac ZBOX-ID36BR3D-PLUS-U Intel Atom D525 2GB 250GB ION 512MB Bluray WLAN HDMI DVI USB3.0 Mini PC - Zotac - ZBOXHD-ID36BR3D-PLUS-U - in Canada
__________________

Quote:
I'll learn to manage my anger, when people learn to manage their stupid.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cool N' Quiet won't turn off? BobbyLou CPU's and Motherboards 15 May 12, 2010 12:19 AM
cheap 1080p projector. kyle_L Display Units 0 May 10, 2010 07:57 AM
Completed My Mini HTPC Build (bedroom PC) Mini box M350 CoolHandL Case Mods, Worklog & Gallery 4 April 26, 2010 08:25 PM
Zalman CNPS-10X Quiet Bringing The Cool For Todays Modern CPU Soultribunal Press Releases & Tech News 7 July 11, 2009 11:08 AM
Cool and Quiet Hell Supergrover Troubleshooting 4 September 7, 2007 08:16 PM