Okay, so I'm looking to put together a computer to hook up to a TV. I'm looking to keep it small and quiet, ideally. It's going to run (I think, boxee or something) an OS and streaming video from other computers on my network and maybe playing hulu (software dependent).
MSI Wind PC Intel 945GC 1 x 200Pin Intel GMA 950 Black Barebone - Retail
1.6Ghz Intel Atom Processor
Intel GMA 950 Onboard Video
Onboard Gigabit NIC
$134.99 ($119.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate)
In all honesty, it's about as small and un-expandable as you can get. Only VGA out - but, I plan on keepin' this with an old sony of mine, and provided I can convert that correctly it'll do what I want. Supposedly quiet, and a SD card reader (I'm going to start with a HDD). A few reviews talk about maxing out processing speed at 720p; but, others state that if you run it dedicated and with 2 gigs of RAM it should do 720p flawlessly. Once, again the sony is the bottleneck if I want to do anything crazy like 1020i anyway, it suites my needs.
G.SKILL 2GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 533 (PC2 4200) Laptop Memory - Retail
2GB Stick - nothin' special
Customer reviews report working flawlessly with the MSI Wind.
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
250 GB HDD - nothin' special
Simply the highest review/price on newegg at the moment. I plan on starting with a HDD and fiddling with the SD card reader - I don't have a USB reader or anything so I might as well use the one on the new machine. I'll then throw this HDD in to my main machine which will serve as file server until I get a SAN/NAS together.
Remote Control -- I had planned on putting in the info for this old Microsoft remote here; but, when I was transcribing the price I noticed the 'No longer available'. So, the remote is still up in the air - the ease of the USB receiver on the MS one is not to be easily (or cheaply) matched, it seems.
VGA to Component Video Cable - 6ft - Gold Plated Pro Grade RCA Connectors
VGA to Compenent Cable.... err...
So, I don't really know if these will work. What I've read on converting VGA confused the fuck outa me. So, I plan on gettin' this first, testing with my computer, and proceeding as appropriate.
That's not a bad media center - should be damn silent as well (if you can boot, etc. from the SD card). The sound is nothing to write home about; but, I'll probably just piping that in to the TV, too.
What I'm really confused about is if any of you have any insight in to converting to component, or have suggestions for remotes.
here's the closest thing to a tutorial I could find -
- but, it's not at all what I wanted to do. I'm looking for more of a low profile, dummy client to just hook up to the network and stream from a file server. Still good info (the newer stuff harder to glean).