View Full Version : Is this your next HTPC?

February 3rd, 2009, 02:07 PM

February 3rd, 2009, 04:51 PM
Here's a great review of the ION platform.

February 5th, 2009, 09:57 AM
The price and issues for this new platform may be elevated at first, so consider waiting for a little shake out time.

If you're itching for something affordable, more horsepower (tho still energy efficient), extensibility, onboard 1080p, native Blu-ray capability, capable onboard IGP, Realtek 889 audio...all for ~$500

check out my build (http://forum.boxee.tv/showpost.php?p=34364&postcount=3)

Hope this helps with some other ideas until the Atom/ION platform comes down in $ and the inevitable early kinks get worked out.

February 5th, 2009, 10:02 AM
I wouldn't be surprised if the new Mac Mini's (this spring) implement this setup.

February 5th, 2009, 01:29 PM
check out my build (http://forum.boxee.tv/showpost.php?p=34364&postcount=3)

Looks cool. But the case looks pretty big, though. I'd ideally like something tiny like the AppleTV or Studio Hybrid. Is it quiet?

February 9th, 2009, 07:33 PM
Yeah, I know the case is my only regret kinda, but had a beefy power supply and a sleek, simple stereo component style case.

BIG NOTE: Case + cable in back are deeper than most closed TV cabinets/consoles. I'll have to cut out back panel of mine to fit, though that will provide better ventilation for heat dissipation (rationalizing my mistake :P) What it did 'buy me' was being able to put a full length, beefy graphics card in down the road (ATI crossfire ready) and swap the CPU up to a Phenom 3 series (even the 140W power pigs) to repurpose to a more robust system.

I'm not the guy that goes for the sexy, micro appliance-like build that works for 1 year to 18 months, then gets depressed over the inability to implement the next wave of technology, but that's cool for those that don't mind the churn of tighter builds.

It's running 24/7 for 2 weeks, not any major hiccups and almost dead quiet in a living room setup. Check out plenty of other great cases on Newegg and the like and you'll have a sweet, browsing, BR playing, MKV torrenting, MCE recording, 7.1 pumping, Boxee displaying HTPC! (In my case, hooked to a Windows Home Server too)

Other tips: the LG BR/HD-DVD combo drive on Newegg is bundled with PowerDVD, nice BR player software. Having a BR media player, Pandora and Netflix capable box right now while Boxee gets it into their Windows version has lessened the pain. Consider this as a case of having the flexibility in the future as new services come available, being able to take advantage of them until media center applications fully integrate them. Cheers!