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  1. Its been a while since Ive had a mini-itx computer (ignoring the new commodore 64 I bought) and felt like delving into them again to see how things have progressed since several years ago. So a few weeks back I ordered various parts to build a small computer. Finally arrived the other week and have just built it

    Love minimalist approaches to computers.

    Intel D2500HN Mini-ITX Motherboard. Runs Dual core atom at 1.86Ghz. I threw in a 2gb SODIMM, will pick up another at some point. Only regret is not getting the next model up which had DVI/HDMI. Here you can also see the pico PSU. Has one molex and sata connector - more than sufficient to run the cpu/ssd and a couple of USB devices.

    Circuit board in the bottom left is for two usb ports - hidden by the front bezel. The sata SSD can be seen under the drive/fan tray in the top left. Need to get a shorter sata cable.

    Threw Ubuntu 9.01 on (hate Unity) and its happily running away. I have a couple options for it, one bolt it to the back of an old monitor and use in my bedroom for downloaded tv/movies, two use as a car PC with some free GPS software. Or build a couple of them and make a beowulf cluster :)

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    2. ReFracture


      Neither of my last two motherboards had the printer port. I am however surprised that this one has PS/2, it's a dying interface for sure.

    3. Planky


      Planky said:

      (ignoring the new commodore 64 I bought)

      And subsequently unignoring:

      I've had this C64 for over a year and finally decided to do something with it (asides from using as a minecraft server briefly).

      The ITX motherboard in this is by far the superior one. Same chipset as the one I bought above, but with an nVidia GeForce GT 520. XBMC runs without issue (well, it wont let me connect to my wifi), something I can't do on the intel motherboard.

      Bucket said:

      Yeah, it's just you. HDMI is great.

      Bleh. Perhaps I should plug it into my flatmates plasma tv and see if it works properly. Certainly doesnt with my viewsonic screen.

    4. Mr. T

      Mr. T

      Maes said:

      Heh, and to think that the G3 PowerMac from 2001, with a case weighing a beastly 25 kg, had nothing but a couple of underpowered v1.1 USB ports, that craped out as soon as you plug a SINGLE multi-GB stick, and you had to sacrifice one just to plug in the keyboard + daisy-chained mouse.

      Not really robust design for a company that hoped to phase out everything legacy, and very poor even by Apple's 2001 standards.

      Wow, that's crazy. I guess that's why I've heard a lot of love for G4s but never G3s.

      Anyway, HDMI = licensing fees and DRM fun. MDP is a nice alternative (free and small formfactor) and is gaining popularity (eg 6990 has 4x MDP + 1x DVI) for that reason.