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Buying new machine....help me decide

I LOVE the mini ITX standard (6.75 square) but hate my limited options. I found this and fell in love but need other 'similar' machines to compare it to. My goal is to build the smallest and most powerful home machine I possibly can (w/ a comprimise of processor speed to attain smaller is ok).

VIA's offerings are cool but I want to see if any of you have any experiences w/ the baby machines. My space for this box is my main determining factor ( that and I want a sleeker setup in my room w/ less cluncky machines ).

The navigator, below, is pimp but 1699. Anyway, let me know what you guys/gals think about the best way to build a killer baby system.


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Can you fit a regular MB in there?? Limited options in what way?




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form factor is mini ITX. There are a 'few' MB's manu's for this form factor but not many. Most everything is onboard w/ 1 PCI slot.

Check out www.mini-itx.com for more. I was hoping I might actually stumble accross someone that has had experience w/ some of these baby systems.

My new box must have:

TV, tv app w/ wireless remote control/IR (via serial port likley)
SMALL
Combo drive that 'does it all'
A/V input for VCR A/V input
outputs for s vid/
DVI for my new LCD (lord willing I sell my bad ass 21" CRT Trinitron. I won't be able to afford much larger than 15" probobly but thats the sacrafice for smaller desk.)
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Ya, I'd love to have a small box like this setup for a gaming system to make it easy to transport. If it's that limited I guess I'll be sticking with a Mini Tower.




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Not sure if this is what you're looking for, but TigerDirect.com rules and i've used them several times, only place I order from online.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...?sku=S451-3036
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Copy cat!! Its going to cost me about $600 to build a 2.8GHZ p4 w/ 1gb of ram, a 60gb drive and a ti4600 video card in mine.

Good luck. Mine will be better though I'm going wireless mouse and keyboard with a 17" LCD 1280x1024 monitor, already got the monitor! I shall rank supreme!!

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Copy cat!! Its going to cost me about $600 to build a 2.8GHZ p4 w/ 1gb of ram, a 60gb drive and a ti4600 video card in mine.

Good luck. Mine will be better though I'm going wireless mouse and keyboard with a 17" LCD 1280x1024 monitor, already got the monitor! I shall rank supreme!!
How much is your setup gonna run you?




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How much is your setup gonna run you?
Probably about $600.... Like I stated in the post

But thats just hardware, doesnt include the $100 keyboard/mouse setup and monitor

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Copy cat!! Its going to cost me about $600 to build a 2.8GHZ p4 w/ 1gb of ram, a 60gb drive and a ti4600 video card in mine.

Good luck. Mine will be better though I'm going wireless mouse and keyboard with a 17" LCD 1280x1024 monitor, already got the monitor! I shall rank supreme!!
Is this going to be a baby system like I'm trying to do?
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Is this going to be a baby system like I'm trying to do?
ITX yes, baby no. I'm going to own you!

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ITX yes, baby no. I'm going to own you!
"I'm not a baby" will be etched on my case I think

I dug around tigerdirect and they have a shuttle system that boasts some nice features. I'd like to wind up w/ somthing near equal to the navigator ony on beer budget. The navigator owns all the babyboxes I've seen thus far.
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Yea, I'm going to see about getting the one off of there for Christmas.
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Go here: us.shuttle.com and look at the sb51g. It's awesome. I bought the SS51G but took it back due to me not really needing a faster machine. It's awesome, you can put any P4 cpu in there, also can put 2 hd's or a hd+burner with no problems. Ppl are running ti4600's in there with no problem. System is a little noisy but you can change the fans in them so who cares. I'm gonna get one later next year when I feel it is more appropriate to buy again Also you can buy them at frys to see if you like
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Go here: us.shuttle.com and look at the sb51g. It's awesome. I bought the SS51G but took it back due to me not really needing a faster machine. It's awesome, you can put any P4 cpu in there, also can put 2 hd's or a hd+burner with no problems. Ppl are running ti4600's in there with no problem. System is a little noisy but you can change the fans in them so who cares. I'm gonna get one later next year when I feel it is more appropriate to buy again Also you can buy them at frys to see if you like
Looks like the 'shuttle' is a barebones type system. I didn't see these when I was at Fry's last time I looked for comp stuff. So you buy this plus RAM, HD, combo drive, floppy, processor?
Thanx for the tip, I think this may be the semi affordable performer I've been looking for.


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