Media Centre PC - MSI MPC 51PV Barebone FREE Wireless & card Reader - £156.23 delivered + Quidco - HotUKDeals
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Use super saver delivery and quidco to get best price. This is the cheapest I found anywhere by over £10.

It has the wireless card and card reader free as per deluxe version!

MSI AM2 Cube Barebone System - nVIDIA C51PV with 220W PSU

Dimension (W)210mm x (H)175mm x (D)330mm (w/o Bezel)
Rear Access . PS2 x 2 (1 for Keyboard,1 for Mouse)
. VGA out x 1
. DVI x 1
. SPDIF Out x 1
. 7.1 Output x 1(Mic-in/Line-in/ Line-out, RS-Out/CS-Out/SS-Out )
. S-VIDEO x 1
. RCA port x 1
. LAN (RJ45,10/100/1000) x 1
. USB 2.0 x 4
Front Access . MIC-in x 1, Headphone out x 1
. USB 2.0 x 2
. IEEE1394: 4 pin x 1, 6 pin x 1
. SPDIF In x 1
. 7-in-1 Card Reader
Internal I/O . IDE x 1
. S-ATAII x 1
. CD Audio Input (1x4) x 1
. TV audio input (1x4) x 1
. Mini PCI x 1
. USB Connector x 1
. FAN Connector x 1
. 2x13 Header x 1
. 1x3 Header x 1
Certification . EMI/Safety: FCC,CE, BSMI, UL/CUL, CB, 3C
Features . On Board Buzzer: Yes
Power Supply . 260Watt PSU with PFC

MB Specification
CPU . AMD K8 AM2, Socket940, Althorn 64 & Sempron, AMD HT Tech, 1GHZ
Chipset . North Bridge: Nvidia C51PV
. South Bridge: Nvidia MCP51
Main Memory . Dual Channel DDR II 533/667/800 (2GB Max)
. 2 DIMMs memory slots
LAN . CIS8201 (Giga LAN)
IEEE1394 . IEEE 2 port Controller 2, VIA VT6307 chipset
Graphics . On Board Controller Nvidia NorthBridge integrated
. AC'97 CODEC by RealTek® ALC 880 (Azallia)
. 7.1 Channel Audio
IDE . Support Ultra DMA 66/100/133 mode
SATA . Support 1 SATA connector
Expansion Slot . PCI-Express(x16) x 1 , PCI x 1 , Mini PCI x 1 (Wireless Lan)

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what exactly do you get here? just a case w/ psu and motherboard? and network card? if so that's not that great is it. bit ugly too imho.
It's not a bad price at all if you're wanting a budget media centre. Most basic bare bones systems don't come with onboard DVI output which is handy to connect to your lcd/plasma. Personally I'd rather go for a fan-less system.
Not bad Vista ready.

NO OS though or processor, needs DDR 2 RAM I think.

I would like to confirm number of internal SATA drives.

Currently have 2 raided in my shuttle and if I replace it would want at least 2 , if not 3 for a sata optical drive.

Can this take 2 internal HD drives?
I've spent a couple of weeks reading up and preparing to build my own cube media pc solution. I've looked at Dell, most barebones, but is always a compromise between looks and specification.

I am about to place my order for the following Antec NSK1300 Case and ASRock Conroe945G-DVI Motherboard. Both are available from Price including standard shipping is £122.12 (I know you can get these parts cheaper elsewhere, but I'm also buying other things which ultimately saves on delivery)

Antec claim their case is "quiet", and includes a 300W PSU (better than most barebones), 3 x 3.5" drive bays (internal), and looks reasonably good for a pc!

Motherboard supports Core2Duo, 4 x SataII, has DVI output using included PCI card (Which can connect to your HDTV via a DVI-HDMI cable) - Vista Ready! If you want to just watch dvd's, mpeg videos, the on board graphics is suitable, else you should really get a proper video card.

My first full post on this site.. hope its useful.


SB 1066/800/533 MHz processor, EM64T CPU and H-T Technology
- Supports Dual Channel DDRII667/533 x 4 DIMM slots with max. capacity up to 4GB
- Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950, Max. shared memory 192MB
- 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, 1 x PCI Express x1 slot
- Supports Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
- Dual VGA Output: support DVI-D and D-Sub ports with DVI Graphics-SI card by independent display controllers
- Hybrid Booster - Safe Overclocking Technology
- Untied Overclocking : During Overclocking, FSB enjoys better margin due to fixed PCIE/ PCI Buses
- 4 x Serial ATAII 3.0 Gb/s connectors
- 7.1 CH Vista™ Premium level HD Audio (ALC888 Audio Codec)
- HD 8CH I/O: 4 ready-to-use USB ports, HD 7.1 channel audio jacks

PC Case:
- 300 Watt power supply
- Universal Input and PFC
- Flip drive cage for easy drive installation
- Three-layer side panel (aluminum, plastic, aluminum) dampens system generated noise
- Thermal interface tape to dissipate heat out from HDD to the cage
- Built-in 120mm quiet fan
- 4 Drive Bays
- External: 1 x 5.25"
- Internal: Up to 3 x 3.5"
- 4 Expansion Slots
- Front-mounted ports for easy multimedia connections
-2 x USB 2.0
-Audio In and Out
- Blue LED light on both sides of the front panel to indicate that power is on
psetty - nice system but a couple of things you might want to think about. First the case looks nice but at 300w I guess there will be some nose. Also a dual core setup seems overkill for a HTPC - you might want to consider getting something that supporters smaller cpu so less heat and less noise

Also that mobo isn't micro atx is it? Will it fit that case?

A lot of people are investing one of these at the moment and using a low rated p4
I dont think dual core is over kill.
To decode H264 full HD video u will need a quad core.!!!!
(more details on nebula web site)

Although to much relief most high end/new gfx cards have hardware supported h264 decoding to relieve the CPU.

I would like to replace my nforce2 based shuttle box with vista and a HD gfx card. will wait for dual cores to reach 6000+ and I always prefer AMD over intel.
Its the support the underdog thing in me. those intel dual cores are tempting prices at the moment tho.
I dont think dual core is over kill.
To decode H264 full HD video u will need a quad core.!!!!
(more details on nebula web site)

Is there anyone even trying to decode these films in software? And are the software decoders as thread happy as to want a quad core? All this is news to me.

If something needs that much computeing power it needs to be done in hardware.

However if all you are watching are DVD's and high quality xvid then a low end cpu should suffice.
Hi dc2447, Thanks for the advice.. you're right, the core2Duo is a little overkill for just a media pc. The Mobo is mAtx so will fit ok.

I'm also going to use this pc as a file+web server 3 x 250Gb SataII in Raid 1 config (500Gb), so the barebone link you posted won't be sufficient - (plus its not a cube.. I like cubes!).

I've been looking at cpu prices, and decent p4s are around GBP 62.00, and generate a lot of heat. The E6300 costs GBP 110 and are far more energy efficient, so the 300W PSU won't be too strained, plus its great for multi-tasking. I'm also buying a very quiet cpu heat sink.

With this cube, I can always add a gfx card if I want to make it a games machine, or if vista 3d graphics ends up looking a bit pony... in which case I'll upgrade the PSU!

GDawes, I support your position regarding Intel, but AMD did have them beat for the last 3 years - i guess its swings and roundabouts. They'll be back with CPUs with Graphics processors embedded on the chip, courtesy of NVidia!.. My next system!
Isn't the case mini atx and the mobo micro atx?
It is a little misleading, but they are the same size Micro Atx 9.6" x 9.6"

There are only a couple of regular stanard sizes, micro ATX, mini ITX and ATX. I guess this bozo who copied and pasted from the original site got them a little messed up! Well spotted tho!
It is a little misleading, but they are the same size Micro Atx 9.6" x 9.6"

There are only a couple of regular stanard sizes, micro ATX, mini ITX and ATX. I guess this bozo who copied and pasted from the original site got them a little messed up! Well spotted tho!

That is smashing - it says micro atx on the antex website so you are in business!
Okay I have this Antec case as my Media Center case - be very careful when ordering your processor and processor fan as the clearance in that part of the case is minimal. You might even want to email the supplier first to check they will fit.

Its a great case, that is virtually silent. At 300w the PSU is fairly powerful. When I built my Media Centre you had to buy 2 seperate TV Tuner cards to watch one channel and record another. You can now get Dual Tuner TV cards (so 2 on one). Any questions post away, or visit The Green Button

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