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Cheap SFF PC. Combined with a low profile graphics card like the Geforce GT 210 (low profile + HDMI) would make a good streaming HTPC for £45, with upgrade potential.

Card is 19.99 @ Dixons http://www.dixons.co.uk/gbuk/asus-nvidia-geforce-gt-210-pci-e-graphics-card-512-mb-12848036-pdt.html
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skykid3 7 Likes
worthinger
Used to have one of these on my desk at work.....sounded like a helicopter.

I don't think I'd want one sitting in my front room .

well you did work @ a heli-port...
norm1 5 Likes
You can pickup a dual core Pentium processor to put in this off ebay for a tenner.

Any of these will work.

Intel Pentium D 805 Dual Core Processor (2.66-GHz, 2x1MB L2 cache,
533-MHz FSB)
Intel Pentium D 820 Dual Core Processor (2.8-GHz, 2x1MB L2 cache,
800-MHz FSB)
Intel Pentium D 915 Dual Core Processor (2.8-GHz, 2x2MB L2 cache,
800-MHz FSB)
Intel Pentium D 925 Dual Core Processor (3.0-GHz, 2x2MB L2 cache,
800-MHz FSB)
Intel Pentium D 930 Dual Core Processor (3.0-GHz, 2x2MB L2 cache,
800-MHz FSB)
Intel Pentium D 940 Dual Core Processor (3.2-GHz, 2x2MB L2 cache,
800-MHz FSB)
Intel Pentium D 945 Dual Core Processor (3.4-GHz, 2x2MB L2 cache,
800-MHz FSB)
Intel Pentium D 950 Dual Core Processor (3.4-GHz, 2x2MB L2 cache,
800 MHz FSB)

http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12253_div/12253_div.HTML#After-Market%20Options%20%28availability%20may%20vary%20by%20region%29
qinyanggl 5 Likes
It consumes too too much power and make it less cost effective in the long term, I'd rather use a more up to date machine for the job.

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toughnumber#1
Nice deal for someone with basic needs. Hot!
reflectiveideals#2
good price
Saintledger#3
I want a browser on my TV.. but I'd be weary of a P4.. been looking at the same site but think it might be worth investing a little more and getting a duel core..

I have no experties in this area so am very open to advice.
amdavies#4
If you're thinking of using this machine a lot, I'd consider going elsewhere. These can consume a lot of power and any savings made initially could be used up in the first year on electricity costs.
Saintledger#5
What do you think of this as a more expensive option?

Over twice the price, but twice the memory + better processor
norm1 5 Likes #6
You can pickup a dual core Pentium processor to put in this off ebay for a tenner.

Any of these will work.

Intel Pentium D 805 Dual Core Processor (2.66-GHz, 2x1MB L2 cache,
533-MHz FSB)
Intel Pentium D 820 Dual Core Processor (2.8-GHz, 2x1MB L2 cache,
800-MHz FSB)
Intel Pentium D 915 Dual Core Processor (2.8-GHz, 2x2MB L2 cache,
800-MHz FSB)
Intel Pentium D 925 Dual Core Processor (3.0-GHz, 2x2MB L2 cache,
800-MHz FSB)
Intel Pentium D 930 Dual Core Processor (3.0-GHz, 2x2MB L2 cache,
800-MHz FSB)
Intel Pentium D 940 Dual Core Processor (3.2-GHz, 2x2MB L2 cache,
800-MHz FSB)
Intel Pentium D 945 Dual Core Processor (3.4-GHz, 2x2MB L2 cache,
800-MHz FSB)
Intel Pentium D 950 Dual Core Processor (3.4-GHz, 2x2MB L2 cache,
800 MHz FSB)

http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12253_div/12253_div.HTML#After-Market%20Options%20%28availability%20may%20vary%20by%20region%29
qinyanggl 5 Likes #7
It consumes too too much power and make it less cost effective in the long term, I'd rather use a more up to date machine for the job.
aLV426#8
I have this one Intel Pentium D 945 Dual Core Processor (3.4-GHz, 2x2MB L2 cache,800-MHz FSB), coupled with 3 internal 1Tb SATA drives and running uTorrent 24/7! Streams perfectly, plenty fast...
brookheather#9
Good deal for basic web surfing/office use.
worthinger 1 Like #10
Used to have one of these on my desk at work.....sounded like a helicopter.

I don't think I'd want one sitting in my front room .
skykid3 7 Likes #11
worthinger
Used to have one of these on my desk at work.....sounded like a helicopter.

I don't think I'd want one sitting in my front room .

well you did work @ a heli-port...
mikerr#12
Doesn't come with XP licence (that's a £20 extra), but for £25 its a pretty good machine,
similar in speed to most netbooks:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/atom-d510-pentium-4-nettop,2649.html
danandrews80#13
Would this be any good for XBMC
tehwabbit 1 Like #14
I don't think it would be appropriate for streaming(E.g. Media centre next to the TV) due to the noise, but would be good as a home server

Edited By: tehwabbit on Apr 26, 2012 10:39
baseley09 1 Like #15
These machines struggle with HD content, they will require a suitable graphics card from the time to do so. I put them in the bin at work.

Edit: though for browsing on XP it should be fine, i guess £25 isnt so bad.

Edited By: baseley09 on Apr 26, 2012 10:55: more info
manic111 1 Like #16
P4s had big power draw and got hot - this would be too loud and expensive for a media server or XBMC box, but might serve reasonably well as a basic web browser or office machine.
baroni1971 4 Likes #17
worthinger
Used to have one of these on my desk at work.....sounded like a helicopter.

I don't think I'd want one sitting in my front room .

Yeah the Civil Service boughts loads of these machines, paid optional extra for the helicopter noise to keep us awake!
bkcin 1 Like #18
Agree with most of the above, P4's use a lot of power and run pretty hot.

I wouldn't call this ideal for a HTPC - you'd be better off ordering a Raspberry Pi.

Edited By: bkcin on Apr 26, 2012 10:43
fluffstah#19
How much is delivery?
Thyseus 1 Like #20
These go in the skip when we get rid of them at work...

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