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Best SFF for HTPC

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  1. philipb

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    Any suggestions for the best SFF to use for HTPC? Needs to be quiet.

    Socket 478 P4 also.

    thanks for any advice.
     
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    SFF? Sorry, not a TLA I've see before. :)
     
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    SFF - Small Form Factor :)
     
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    Ah right, aka. mini-ATX. :)

    Thanks.

    In the past I used a Shuttle AMD one, quiet-ish as they go but none of them are really quiet if they get warm.
     
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    Am currently using a Shuttle SN41G2 as a testbed PVR with MCE 2005. Noise is a slight issue, and would probably replace the PSU with Shuttle's PC40 Silent-X PSU.
    However, as I want to use two TV cards, the Shuttle's 1 PCI slot is the limiting factor. They do a 'business' model with 2 PCI slots (no AGP, but Intel Extreme inbuilt graphics solution) and that's the SB52G2 which is almost tempting me.
    The Antec Aria case is also worth a look
     
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    Thanks guys - the Kloss certainly does look the biz.

    I'll do some surfing and check them out.

    Overclockers stock most of them - any other good suppliers?
     
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    not really its from a new korean crew, so it looks like OCUK have exclusiveness for a while.

    The great thing I like about this SFF is its the first to have 2 compartments.

    The HDD/ DVD / Floppy and PSU all go below.

    The motherboard sits half way up the case, so its not effected by clutter or heat from the components below as much
     
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    Is it socket 478?
     
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    afraid not its the newer one
     
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    The problem with the shuttles is there iare just not quite enough for HCPC use IMO

    I have used one of the 240W Silent X PSU's and the 250W and both are over 35DB now i dont call that ultra silent as they are decribed

    The noise annoyed me to hell when watching dvds so i just bought a Claritas case and stuck a 14DB Silent X PSU in and wow thats what you call silent, you have trouble telling if its on or off

    Whats shuttles need is a passively cooled PSU :) not gona happen but would be ace
     
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    Try taking a look at the Antec Aria. It takes a standard mATX motherboard so the choice is much wider. Because of this you can fit twin TV tuners. In a standard Shuttle type SFF you only have one AGP/PCIe and 1 PCI. This is ok if you want to use the Hauppauge twin tuner single card analogue tuner but not much good if you want Freeview.

    We use the Aria in some of our products and been very happy. Only main issue, which applies to most SFF I think, is that they can get hot and as such the fans can be noisier than ideal for a HTPC.

    More here: http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=15130
     
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    Ah, wasn't sure of the noise levels of them. Cheers
     

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