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Build Advice ITX Media PC or MATX

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Behemoth, 10 Apr 2018.

  1. Behemoth

    Behemoth Timelord in training

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    I've found myself with an itch to build another PC. I've got a house full as it is however this will be used as a media PC in my room hooked upto my 32 inch TV which is only 720p or 1080i as I'm too cheap to buy a new TV.

    ITX or MATX preferred, must be capabale of 1080p when I get round to replacing my TV.

    Happy to go intel or AMD (an go APU if need be)

    Looking to keep the build to under £200.

    Parts I don't need -
    Optical Drive
    SSD
    Hard Drives
    Graphics card (GTX660 or a GT610 in my parts box)
    A windows licence

    Would like the motherboard to have decent soundcard but there is room for a proper dedicated card instead.

    It will be used for streaming,watching DVD's and my library of digital content TV shows etc. Listening to music and very light gaming.

    Your suggestions on a postcard please :)
     
  2. TheMadDutchDude

    TheMadDutchDude The Flying Dutchman

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    Second hand would be your best bet as RAM will take up the majority of that budget. :(
     
  3. Zoon

    Zoon Hunting Wabbits since the 80s

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    I would've thought a thinITX build would be your best bet, those ECS boards that keep coming up are under £20. Cheap chip and a DDR3L SODIMM in it could be secondhand, you'd barely be on around £80 then just need a case.

    The computer could use Steam streaming from one of your other rigs.
     
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  5. edzieba

    edzieba Virtual Realist

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    For "cheap", "small" and "media centre" then one of the many, many second-hand USFF business boxes that get flogged from the usual suspects (Morgan, SVP, etc) sounds like just the ticket.
     
  6. Behemoth

    Behemoth Timelord in training

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    Interested, have just replied to your message :)
     
  7. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    Have a look at NUC's, you can get a barebones for around £100 and they are so small and silent you can mount them on the back of the TV.

    E.g. this one is £121, has dual band AC wireless, takes DDR3L (cheaper): https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0167PHS6U

    I built an Intel Pentium NUC for my mother in NZ over xmas as an office PC, was very impressed.

    If you only want to use it as a media PC then bang for buck/size/power they are fantastic.
     
  8. nimbu

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    +1 this. Though does depend on what you mean by light gaming..
     

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