Intel BOXDC3217BY Barebone Mini-PC (Intel Core i3 3217U, Intel-HD) £126.67 delivered @ Amazon
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Intel BOXDC3217BY Barebone Mini-PC (Intel Core i3 3217U, Intel-HD) £126.67 delivered @ Amazon

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Found 8th Dec 2013
Type : PC barebone
Product Form Factor : Ultra compact form factor
Built-in Devices : Antenna
CPU : Intel Core i3 (3rd Gen) 3217U / 1.8 GHz
Number of Cores : Dual-Core
Maximum CPU clock speed supported: 1800 MHz
Ram Capacity up to 16 GB
Processor socket: BGA1023
Compatible processor series: Core i3

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Steambox!

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Original Poster

They bought there price down to slightly beat Ebuyer's current reduced offer and they have stock left if Amazon sell out

which power cable/adapter needed for this bare bone?

yusszn

which power cable/adapter needed for this bare bone?

Says it comes with 65W adaptor (buried in the spec).

Tempted by these for the kids, shame it's not the version with built in Ethernet.

Think I'll personally wait to see how capable one of the new Cubox-i from SolidRun is. Should work out cheaper for my needs especially if you can dual boot Android/Linux.

jezcooke

Says it comes with 65W adaptor (buried in the spec).Tempted by these for … Says it comes with 65W adaptor (buried in the spec).Tempted by these for the kids, shame it's not the version with built in Ethernet.



I was looking at the version with Ethernet and dual HDMI.
I think it is worth the extra money but not is stock and from a third party
Edited by: "CrazyBob" 8th Dec 2013

jezcooke

Says it comes with 65W adaptor (buried in the spec).Tempted by these for … Says it comes with 65W adaptor (buried in the spec).Tempted by these for the kids, shame it's not the version with built in Ethernet.

lol..sorry I cannot edit a comment from a mobile app.

thanks....mixed up with the info from a feedback there.

Spent a fair bit of time looking into this since this was on here last time.

I think it is fantastic value for money for an awesome Plex box under the TV. Having a beefier processor there will make up for the less powerful processor in my Microserver where all my content is stored. These are also Hackintoshable, so can be a channel server, iTunes, etc.

If Amazon are out of stock, also check CCL, Ballicom and Check. They've all had stock around this price recently. I got mine from CCL for £126 with 3% tcb.

The Ethernet version would be more convenient, but I haven't seen it significantly reduced anywhere. The OOS Amazon link above shows the picture of the Ethernet model but the product code of the Thunderbolt one. seemed like something of a lottery.

On components:

msata ssds are relatively expensive. Cheapest is the 30gb OCZ refurb on Scan/eBay for £20 if you collect from Argos. I went for the 60GB Kingston ms200 which is £43 from Pixmania (>£50 everywhere else).

Ram 4GB second hand from eBay pulled out of upgraded Macs.

WiFi card - don't get the Intel one if you want to Hackintosh. See tonymacx86 for details.

Alternative models:

The Ethernet version is definitely more convenient, but I don't think it will be this price, and USB or Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapters are also available from £5 upwards on eBay.

The Haswell versions have a number of improvements over this:
lower power consumption (6W vs 10W)
built in IR receiver and htpc header
onboard SATA (requires new case to use)
None of things warrant and extra £100 IMO.
Performance and noise are pretty similar, at least according to the reviews I've seen.

I haven't received mine yet, so I could be taking this all back, but currently this looks like a great deal to me.


Hot for the specs but would also be interested to know how intrusive the fan noise would be. Have already been bitten that way by a Zotac box, which also runs rather hot. Should make for a decent XBMC box.

Link now says £193.

Nice fine sotv, have some heat.

Good price, but just not enough connectivity for me. For the same price can build an mitx box with less cpu power but built-in wifi, gigabit and USB3....

Ordered but then realised no ethernet port, good price though

ccl were selling these on ebay for a similar price.. as logy just said. i was temped to get one but did some research and found there a new version now out which adds usb3, and a proper internal sata port which are the key features really.

internal sata port is a nice add-on so you don't have to buy the less common msata ssd.
does anyone know if you can install os on a external hard drive?

i didn't end up buying it was i had a spare 1155 itx board


Edited by: "cigbunt" 8th Dec 2013

steviecross

Ordered but then realised no ethernet port, good price though



wow i didn't notice that...

cigbunt

wow i didn't notice that...

It took a bit of working out, the final clue was no socket on the back. Nice bit of kit though.

steviecross

It took a bit of working out, the final clue was no socket on the back. … It took a bit of working out, the final clue was no socket on the back. Nice bit of kit though.


lol yup, what you going to use instead?? i think you can get thunderbolt to gigabit ethernet cable

jezcooke

shame it's not the version with built in Ethernet.



good spot X) nearly ordered, half asleep, this morning but decided i would wait until i had woken fully... didn't spot the missing ethernet

Good Price

... But a USB to Ethernet adapter is £5 vs. the £75 extra to buy the Ethernet version.

My guess is these are only reduced by so much because the thunderbolt version has been unpopular. If you're prepared to live with a few inconveniences, this is a great deal.

Yes there is an internal SATA connector on the Haswell ones, but no room in the case for a 2.5" drive!
We're waiting for third party cases that support that, but that will add more cost and increase size.

I still net out at this being the best vfm for htpc use.

cigbunt

lol yup, what you going to use instead?? i think you can get thunderbolt … lol yup, what you going to use instead?? i think you can get thunderbolt to gigabit ethernet cable

Already have a mini itx case plus an unopened 4 gig memory stick, also lying around I have a 250 gig laptop drive. I have been looking at a mini itx board but must say the size of this unit was a big draw.

Sorry im bit ignorant computer stuff

What makes this a computer , theres no operating system
Edited by: "logohigh" 8th Dec 2013

logohigh

Sorry im bit ignorant computer stuffWhat makes this a computer , theres … Sorry im bit ignorant computer stuffWhat makes this a computer , theres no operating system



its a barebones system...

you can't built a pc in this form factor normally.

sparx1981

Steambox!



Good luck with fitting a decent GPU in this.

logohigh

Sorry im bit ignorant computer stuffWhat makes this a computer , theres … Sorry im bit ignorant computer stuffWhat makes this a computer , theres no operating system

Nor drive/memory, these have to be added

So what would be approx minimum setup cost would you think oO

i realise its as long as a peice of string

nice!

logohigh

So what would be approx minimum setup cost would you think oOi realise … So what would be approx minimum setup cost would you think oOi realise its as long as a peice of string

Depends on amount of memory and drive you fit, also factor in the operating system, again you could use a linux os for free or go with a version of windows. Based on using linux you would only need memory and drive,

good price....but the acer sff for 160 at buyer is much better deal and power requirements are similar

Thanks

Thanks

Na not for me

jamdog30

good price....but the acer sff for 160 at buyer is much better deal and … good price....but the acer sff for 160 at buyer is much better deal and power requirements are similar



do you mean xc 105?
Edited by: "logohigh" 8th Dec 2013

Banned

Outdated rubbish. Seriously, this device is a complete waste of time and is not worth the hassle.

wolfraider

Outdated rubbish. Seriously, this device is a complete waste of time and … Outdated rubbish. Seriously, this device is a complete waste of time and is not worth the hassle.

what would you recommend instead?

wolfraider

Outdated rubbish. Seriously, this device is a complete waste of time and … Outdated rubbish. Seriously, this device is a complete waste of time and is not worth the hassle.



If you know of something with the same form factor that's more powerful and costs less than £200 then please educate us all.
Edited by: "flusteredpie" 8th Dec 2013

logohigh

So what would be approx minimum setup cost would you think oOi realise … So what would be approx minimum setup cost would you think oOi realise its as long as a peice of string



- Absolute minimum is: RAM (£15 2nd hand from eBay for 4GB), a USB flash drive (you probably already have) and cables (£5). That would be fine for OpenElec duties under a TV.
- If you want networking you need a pcie wifi card (from ~£10) and/or an Ethernet adapter (from ~£5)
- If you want internal storage for an OS, mSATA SSDs start at £20 for 30GB (but get expensive quickly)

Planning on using this inside a MAME arcade machine I am building. What additional components would I need:

Just this:
cgi.ebay.ie/ws/…692

and this:
amazon.co.uk/Kin…RAM

Anything else?

Would this be better than a N54L as a media server? I want to plug it into my tv. How loud is it?
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