AOpen ePC945-m8 Silver & Black Entertainment PC Media Centre with Intel ViiV, £119.48 +£4.99 del @ PC Next Day - HotUKDeals
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Bare Bones system supports Intel LGA775, Pentium 4, Pentium D, Celeron D, 533/800/1066 MHz FSB

Found a link for cheap memory here just £3.42 for 512mb but can probably find higher ram elsewhere
http://funkygiraffe.co.uk/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1&page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=40417&category_id=18761

Also found a great thread on other users who have built the system here

http://www.avforums.com/forums/windows-media-center-edition-mce/348233-finally-found-ideal-mce-case-barebones-etc.html

Seems like a great price and easy to upgrade with the odd hard drive many of us have lying around.

Full specs
The AOpen ePC945-m8 Entertainment Media Centre PC provides the latest technology to enrich any home or office with the necessary platform to use Microsoft Media Centre delivering innovative features and new benefits. The entire package is tied together with a remote control, surround sound and automatic wireless networking with compatible electronic devices. This media centre pc has a small from factor and is ideal for louge use.

Key Features

Intel Socket LGA775 platform using the Intel 945G Express Chipset supporting Pentium D Dual core, Pentium 4 with Hyper Threading technolgy & Celeron D processors 533/800/1066 MHz FSB.
Intel ViiV for easy access to on demand movies, music & games.
7.1 channel surround sound.
Ability to record, pause & rewind live TV.

Specifications

Chipset: Intel 945G + ICH7DH
CPU: Socket LGA775 (Supports Intel Dual Core Pentium 4, Pentium D, Celeron D) Pentium D up to 3.8GHz 533/800/1066
Memory: Dual Channel DDR2 x 4 (533/667) up to 4GB
VGA: Intel 945G OnDie Port x 1
TV Out: Option Add2 or Add2 plus card
CPU Thermal: AOpen Heat Pipe x 4 Proprietary Cooler
PCI Slot: x 2 (low profile)
PCI Express x1 slot: x 1 (low profile)
PCI Express Slot: none
PCI Express x16 slot: x 1 (low profile)
Build in Audio (previously code named Azalia):
Azalia 7.1 Channel
Line-In (surround-Out L/R x 1
Line-Out (front-Out L/R) x 1
Mic-In (Central/Subwoofer out) x 1
Front Mic-in x 1
Front Earphone-Out x 1

S/PDIF:
Optical-In x 1
Optical-Out x 1
Coaxial-Out x 1
Intel LAN: 10/100
ATA Connector: ATA100 x 1
S-ATA Connector: S-ATA x 4
USB 2.0: 2 (Rear) / 2 (Front) / 4 (On Board)
IEEE1394 (Firewire): 1 (Rear) / 2 (Front 4 pins and 6 pins)
VGA output Port 15 pins D-Sub: x 1
PS2 Keyboard Port: x 1
PS2 Mouse Port: x 1
Parallel Port (Printer) 25pins D-Sub: x 1
Serial Port (COM) 9pins D-Sub: x1

Chassis:
3.5" HDD bay x 2
5.25" x 1
Front with 23 in 1 Card Reader
Power Supply: Active PFC 375W (20+4 Pin With 8cm Fan)
Input Voltage: AC 100~240V
Operating Temperature: 10~35
Storage Temperature: 10~48
Operating Humidity: 5~95%RH
Supported OS: Windows MCE 2005 up
Remote Control: MCE certificate Remote Control
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#1
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#2
They also have a AOpen Mini PC MP945-X Black Mini Barebone, Pentium M & Celeron M, 945GM Socket

479, DDR2 667/533, S, G & GB LAN, SATA, 1 x mini PCI, 1394, USB2.0 for £184.98 plus delivery @£4.99

Heres a direct link http://www.pcnextday.co.uk/products/ProductDetail.asp?ProductCode=3332-3212
#3
I like that it has the scart plug on it for an older TV. Do you need a TV Tuner card to use this though?

Or can you plug an ariel directly in? I can't see a slot.

Also this will only take the older LGA775 processors by the looks of it. Not sure if the bios could be flashed for the dual cores?
#4
Key Features

Intel Socket LGA775... Could wack a Quad Q6600 in this baby.... Not sure about cooling it though...
banned#5
a hard core cpu is not really needed is it?

mid range dual core cpu would be fine to run this connected to your tv.

can you get a low profile gpu with hdmi?

can you put a blu ray drive in this htpc?
#6
spann3rs
Key Features

Intel Socket LGA775... Could wack a Quad Q6600 in this baby.... Not sure about cooling it though...


not true, where did you get that from??
This going by the published specs lacks the ability to use any of the core2duos let alone anything bigger such as a quad.
Speaking from experience the cpus this does support are very unsuitable for a lounge use media center/htpc
Good news is this looks like a standard uATX case so replacing the mainboard shouldn't be a prob, makes it a sorta expensive case though.....
#7
Once you've added a CPU, hard-drive, TV Tuner card and a copy of Windows, you'll probably be better off spending the extra and building a better spec machine based on newer technology. It'll last you longer and will fit in better with the more modern TVs.

Personally, I have a server upstairs to record from a Freeview card and store programs and a PS3 in the front room to stream the shows from the server to the TV. A PS3 isn't necessary, there are plenty of other things that can do this, but the option to watch Blu-Ray discs is always nice.
1 Like #8
It beats me that HUKD can vote this PC up to 60 degrees, and yet nobody fancied this Dabs refurb:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/310092/acer-refurb-asx3200-athlon-4050e-x2/showthread.php?t=310092&page=2

which I bought 3 days ago. As well and being a Vista Media Centre machine, I am able to play low-settings Crysis output via HDMI to my plasma. All for £160.:thumbsup:
#9
maddogb
not true, where did you get that from??
This going by the published specs lacks the ability to use any of the core2duos let alone anything bigger such as a quad.
Speaking from experience the cpus this does support are very unsuitable for a lounge use media center/htpc
Good news is this looks like a standard uATX case so replacing the mainboard shouldn't be a prob, makes it a sorta expensive case though.....


Sorry, Didn't read it all... Just saw Socket LGA775... :oops:
#10
what are your opinions on this pc versus the one in the link below?
http://www.awd-it.co.uk/scripts/prodview.asp?idproduct=3830
#11
bellamy_47
what are your opinions on this pc versus the one in the link below?
http://www.awd-it.co.uk/scripts/prodview.asp?idproduct=3830


at that level might as well build your own no?,
seems a tad pricey considering older mb chipset, no TV facility and no OS, plus looks a large shiny box so prob won't pass the WAF test,
also it's surprising especially if you use any tv or pvr facilities how fast you can fill 500Gb
#12
Still like my Scaleo E, but this seems to have an extra PCI express slot, and a motherboard that's easier to swap out, plus DDR2/Pentium D support

hot
#13
lestar
It beats me that HUKD can vote this PC up to 60 degrees, and yet nobody fancied this Dabs refurb:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/310092/acer-refurb-asx3200-athlon-4050e-x2/showthread.php?t=310092&page=2

which I bought 3 days ago. As well and being a Vista Media Centre machine, I am able to play low-settings Crysis output via HDMI to my plasma. All for £160.:thumbsup:


I must agree with you, seems a better deal from BT :thumbsup:
#14
radiohead999
I must agree with you, seems a better deal from BT :thumbsup:


I'll second that - I never saw it or might have bagged myself one :thumbsup:
#15
Voted cold because by the time you have spent ,say , £150 getting it up and running
you still have an outdated machine.
#16
so can some one else recommend something that is llike this then but modern?

Especially with the case, display, and remote and ir sensor..........i cant see getting any where near that?
#17
Really struggling to see the point of this. For your money your getting a case, outdated mobo, psu, vfd and remote. Not particulary good value for money at all IMO.

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