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Building Silent 1080p Full HD Media Center HTPC. Part 2.

Here it a long awaited part 2 of our recommended hardware for building your own silent Full HD Media Center computer. As described in part 1 of this post, to all hardware I will use a three point scale:

  • 2 – it may be really disturbing in some cases
  • 1 – it is more silent than 2 🙂
  • 0 – component is totally silent

Components that will be in our setup are: motherboard + cpu, storage, computer chassis, psu, remote control, CD/DVD/Blue Ray player, TV Tuner and operating system. In this part we will recommend you best motherboard and storage. So here are our recommendations.

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ION 2 powered nettop from Shuttle

It looks that there will be more and more ION 2 powered nettops on the market soon. A few days back I have been writing about ZOTAC’s ION 2 based nettop and here is another one Barebone XS35 announced by Shuttle. Their mini computer is equipped with Intel’s dual-core Atom D510 CPU, clocked at 1.66GHz and Nvidia’s second-generation Ion 2 graphics.

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Intel D510MO Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

Big Bruins blog have posted a review of Intel D510MO Mini-ITX motherboard. This mini motherboard is powered with 1.66GHz dual core Intel Atom processor and is fanless – cooled with heatsink. They have tested it with SSD (solid state drive) and fanless Pico PSU so they got totally noiseless system! Motherboard is very easy to expand as it is build with two memory slots, two SATA ports, a PCI slot, a mini PCI Express connection, and a few of USB ports.

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NORCO Low Power & Fanless Intel Atom N270-Based Mini-ITX PC

NorcoNORCO have anounced their Embedded BOX PC BIS-6591. It is based on Intel Atom™ N270 and 945GSE/ICH7-M mobile chipset. It is low power and totally fanless computer. What is unique for such computers and chassis are two PCI slots! Available interfaces are two video output (DVI and VGA), Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), two SATA ports ,two COM ports and two USB2.0.

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ECS TIGT-I – motherboard with passively cooled dual core Intel Atom

ElitegroupElitegroup Computer Systems® (ECS) announces a new mini motherboard model based on the PineTrail platform with full support for S-ATA and PCI-E on southbridge with a mysterious name TIGT-I.

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Fanless Mini-ITX Asus AT3N7A-I with heatpipes!

Fanless Mini-ITXAsus AT3N7A-I can really be totally fanless! I have reported about possibility to get rid of original fans when you have good computer case with fans. But it looks that you may go even deeper! You can build a totally silent dual core Intel Atom platform with ION chipset onboard!

One of our readers have sent us a pictures of his setup. He have removed all fans from motherboard and have no any case fans! And temperatures are looking really good! He made it with heatpipes and two big heatsinks that are a part of his computer case (Coolermaster TC-100).

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