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Refurbished - Gigabyte Brix Compact Quad Core J1900 Barebones PC Kit BXBT-1900 £59.99 @ Scan
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Refurbished - Gigabyte Brix Compact Quad Core J1900 Barebones PC Kit BXBT-1900 £59.99 @ Scan

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Posted 9th Feb

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Nice small barebone PC. Should be capable for under TV or mini server type applications. Seems a good deal at less than £60.

Gigabyte Brix BXBT-1900 Barebone Mini PC Kit, Intel Celeron Quad Core, DDR3L, HDMI/VGA, WiFi/BT, 2.5" SATA

Features
• Features 22nm Intel® Celeron J1900 to deliver to the most intuitive and integrated operating systems in the world.
• Supports 2.5” thickness 7.0/9.5mm Hard Drives (1 x 3Gbps).
• Ultra-compact PC design – 0.69L(56.1x 107.6 x 114.4mm).
• 1x SO-DIMM DDR3L 1.35V Slots (1333 MHz).
• Preinstall IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi / Bluetooth 4.0 Mini-PCIe card.
• Supports dual displays via a VGA and a HDMI port.
• Gigabit LAN.
• Audio jack (Headphone/MIC).
• VESA mounting bracket (75 x 75mm + 100 x 100mm).
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jilani.bux09/02/2020 12:04

Defo not worth it, Itzoo have some better deals going for this price with …Defo not worth it, Itzoo have some better deals going for this price with i3 or i5 processor including a hard drive and vga+displayport etc etc


Yep but it won't run of 7W and be the size of an orange and be silent.
abigsmurf09/02/2020 12:55

The J1900 seems to have no hardware decoding for h265 so be careful if …The J1900 seems to have no hardware decoding for h265 so be careful if you're planning on using it as a media player for 4K content.


It doesn't but H.265 needs some pretty heavy duty hardware anyway so I'd imagine you'd buy something a lot more powerful if you want to be handling 4K and H.265. This is fine for 1080p stuff.


spannerzone09/02/2020 12:41

Few things, I have setup a VPN so when I was away from home (overseas …Few things, I have setup a VPN so when I was away from home (overseas mainly) I could connect back to my home network if needed, I stored my music collection on a 2TB usb hard drive that was connected to that PC although having a low powered NAS would do much the same... I also run some Ubiquiti software to manage my home wifi device (Ubiquti wifi access points can have an app running for additional features)Mine was the slightly older Gigabyte Brix 1037u, it was very well made and a solid performer, albeit not super powerful. Great little devices if you have requirements like I have.If you're after something considerably more powerful and only a little bit bigger, I went for a used HP elitedesk 800 g2 with an i3 6500t - it uses more power, is bigger but is considerably more powerful and sometimes available for £100 ish on ebay.


I think I bought an Acer Revo from ITZOO with that CPU, it's proper Core architecture too so runs fast. It was my plan to run one of these non-stop so I can have a dedicated computer for dialing into when I'm not at home - but a BRIX or NUC would also do the job. I think anyone who knocks it doesn't understand what you can really do with these little things. Car computer is another option.
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Is on pre order, but looking at site does it have a power supply?
Voted hot but on reflective the cpu on this is all kinda of awful even at this price
Yep sorry about the pre order bit, I only noticed that after I had posted although I have pre ordered before off scan and got the item.

It would seem wierd to sell it without a power supply but if it turns up without one I suppose you just send it back or buy one of ebay. The last one of these I had was just powered of a standard laptop psu so easy to get hold off for very little.
Showing delivery from £5.48 for me, I'm I missing something?
majorwedgy8409/02/2020 11:04

Voted hot but on reflective the cpu on this is all kinda of awful even at …Voted hot but on reflective the cpu on this is all kinda of awful even at this price


I agree. You are buying this for a particular application rather than a usable pc.
One USB3 port, two USB2 (at the back)
Seems to be 8gb of ram?
Max resolution 2048x1152
No hard drive.
No O/S
It's going to be slow!
ptgrav09/02/2020 11:06

Yep sorry about the pre order bit, I only noticed that after I had posted …Yep sorry about the pre order bit, I only noticed that after I had posted although I have pre ordered before off scan and got the item.It would seem wierd to sell it without a power supply but if it turns up without one I suppose you just send it back or buy one of ebay. The last one of these I had was just powered of a standard laptop psu so easy to get hold off for very little.



Surely it must have a power supply as it's specialised via a dc in jack?
Roujin-sei09/02/2020 11:10

Showing delivery from £5.48 for me, I'm I missing something?


Thanks didn't notice the delivery. Updated price although you can click and collect free of charge if you are near a scan shop.
Roujin-sei09/02/2020 11:10

Showing delivery from £5.48 for me, I'm I missing something?


nope, free delivery here.
powerbrick09/02/2020 11:18

nope, free delivery here.


That's wierd because when I posted it I thought it was free delivery then when I checked again it said £5.98 by DPD.
ptgrav09/02/2020 11:21

That's wierd because when I posted it I thought it was free delivery then …That's wierd because when I posted it I thought it was free delivery then when I checked again it said £5.98 by DPD.


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Not a bad ting @ the price but no oS installed / No ssd and yeah that CPU got its pension a long time ago.
ptgrav09/02/2020 11:21

That's wierd because when I posted it I thought it was free delivery then …That's wierd because when I posted it I thought it was free delivery then when I checked again it said £5.98 by DPD.


Some legacy Scan users have free delivery still (I am one of them I think). J1900 is old but still a good and efficient CPU for basic tasks or an always-on machine. It's still a quad-core and will handle light productivity just fine - even the newest 'Atom-derived' architectures aren't tons faster.
Defo not worth it, Itzoo have some better deals going for this price with i3 or i5 processor including a hard drive and vga+displayport etc etc
jilani.bux09/02/2020 12:04

Defo not worth it, Itzoo have some better deals going for this price with …Defo not worth it, Itzoo have some better deals going for this price with i3 or i5 processor including a hard drive and vga+displayport etc etc


Yep but it won't run of 7W and be the size of an orange and be silent.
ptgrav09/02/2020 12:08

Yep but it won't run of 7W and be the size of an orange and be silent.


Yep, that's the real benefit of this Brix and NUCs, they're tiny and draw very little power compared to any larger desktop or small for factor...I had something similar and it ran 24/7/365 for about 5 years non stop and only got replaced when I found a more powerful ultra tiny PC that had a i3 6th gen cpu in it at a very low price.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 9th Feb
Does this allow Win 10 to be installed I have gb-bxbt-2807 which you cant install win 10 on (or you can with great difficulty i stuck with win8 )
Edited by: "lee1000" 9th Feb
spannerzone09/02/2020 12:13

Yep, that's the real benefit of this Brix and NUCs, they're tiny and draw …Yep, that's the real benefit of this Brix and NUCs, they're tiny and draw very little power compared to any larger desktop or small for factor...I had something similar and it ran 24/7/365 for about 5 years non stop and only got replaced when I found a more powerful ultra tiny PC that had a i3 6th gen cpu in it at a very low price.


What are you using on that too be running it constantly?
Alandover09/02/2020 12:34

What are you using on that too be running it constantly?


Few things, I have setup a VPN so when I was away from home (overseas mainly) I could connect back to my home network if needed, I stored my music collection on a 2TB usb hard drive that was connected to that PC although having a low powered NAS would do much the same... I also run some Ubiquiti software to manage my home wifi device (Ubiquti wifi access points can have an app running for additional features)

Mine was the slightly older Gigabyte Brix 1037u, it was very well made and a solid performer, albeit not super powerful. Great little devices if you have requirements like I have.

If you're after something considerably more powerful and only a little bit bigger, I went for a used HP elitedesk 800 g2 with an i3 6500t - it uses more power, is bigger but is considerably more powerful and sometimes available for £100 ish on ebay.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 9th Feb
Might be good for a kodi set up
jilani.bux09/02/2020 12:04

Defo not worth it, Itzoo have some better deals going for this price with …Defo not worth it, Itzoo have some better deals going for this price with i3 or i5 processor including a hard drive and vga+displayport etc etc


Could you provide a link? I took a look on ITzoo and I couldn't find anything of that description
Would be a good upgrade for those running a raspberry pi as a server, or a more compact and economical alternative to those using an old pc for the same purpose. Has quicksync so could be a good media server too.
I’d think an RPi 4 w/4GB RAM is better than this as a server
The J1900 seems to have no hardware decoding for h265 so be careful if you're planning on using it as a media player for 4K content.
abigsmurf09/02/2020 12:55

The J1900 seems to have no hardware decoding for h265 so be careful if …The J1900 seems to have no hardware decoding for h265 so be careful if you're planning on using it as a media player for 4K content.


It doesn't but H.265 needs some pretty heavy duty hardware anyway so I'd imagine you'd buy something a lot more powerful if you want to be handling 4K and H.265. This is fine for 1080p stuff.


spannerzone09/02/2020 12:41

Few things, I have setup a VPN so when I was away from home (overseas …Few things, I have setup a VPN so when I was away from home (overseas mainly) I could connect back to my home network if needed, I stored my music collection on a 2TB usb hard drive that was connected to that PC although having a low powered NAS would do much the same... I also run some Ubiquiti software to manage my home wifi device (Ubiquti wifi access points can have an app running for additional features)Mine was the slightly older Gigabyte Brix 1037u, it was very well made and a solid performer, albeit not super powerful. Great little devices if you have requirements like I have.If you're after something considerably more powerful and only a little bit bigger, I went for a used HP elitedesk 800 g2 with an i3 6500t - it uses more power, is bigger but is considerably more powerful and sometimes available for £100 ish on ebay.


I think I bought an Acer Revo from ITZOO with that CPU, it's proper Core architecture too so runs fast. It was my plan to run one of these non-stop so I can have a dedicated computer for dialing into when I'm not at home - but a BRIX or NUC would also do the job. I think anyone who knocks it doesn't understand what you can really do with these little things. Car computer is another option.
I have had one of these for a couple of years running windows 7, recently tried to upgrade it to windows 10 but it is having none of it. Works fine for my uses, I have plex on it attached to my smart TV works fine.
ptgrav09/02/2020 11:18

Thanks didn't notice the delivery. Updated price although you can click …Thanks didn't notice the delivery. Updated price although you can click and collect free of charge if you are near a scan shop.


There's only 1 Scan, it's tucked away behind Middlebrook retail park in Horwich. It's quite cool inside.
I have one of these and had it for a few years now. Bought it as a barebones unit and added an 8gb ram stick together with a 128gb ssd. I wanted it as a silent box to tuck behind my TV purely as a media centre, so that I could stream movies, sport etc.. via windows rather than an Android box (I already have a Fire TV), as there are some things that Android just can't do as well.

I was running Windows 7 on it up until recently when support ended. I had tried to update to Windows 10 previously, without success, so just stuck with Win7 as it worked fine. However, I decided to look into it properly and try to upgrade (which you can still do for free btw).

After much searching, I found a solution which worked. The trick is to go through the upgrade process as normal for Win7 to Win 10, until the PC restarts itself for the first time. At this point press the F12 button repeatedly until you enter the Bios. Then in the OS Selection tab, change to Win 8.X, from the Win7 default, save and enter. The upgrade should then continue and you will successfully load Win10. Previously, the upgrade would hang because the Bios was still in Win7 mode.

I can't comment on how well or otherwise it works for other tasks and I don't know about 4K as I don't use it, but it works brilliantly as a media player for me in all other aspects and I wouldn't swap it.
Edited by: "2sheds" 9th Feb
shaunlsmith09/02/2020 12:47

Could you provide a link? I took a look on ITzoo and I couldn't find …Could you provide a link? I took a look on ITzoo and I couldn't find anything of that description



ptgrav09/02/2020 12:08

Yep but it won't run of 7W and be the size of an orange and be silent.


He's probably referring to this which was an i3 running at about 35W, a right bargain and I think they under priced it;

hotukdeals.com/dea…287

Someone also said they won't be getting more in although they do have a higher spec i5 model for £205! They also have some i5 desktops regularly around £65 although they are much larger and consume more power than this.,

If I only had a time machine!
This CPU is from 2013!

I'd recommend a mini PC from Ali Express, many choices of CPUs, e.g. with a J3160 if it's for a firewall (it has AES)
ptgrav09/02/2020 12:08

Yep but it won't run of 7W and be the size of an orange and be silent.


Yet it likely wont be the slow Bay Trail Atom platform. Far faster Core i5 is cheap 2nd hand.
And to be honest this is so old it looks to becancient 2nd hand itself.
Edited by: "LadyEleanor" 9th Feb
A similar mini PC to consider: Lenovo M600 Tiny . It's fanless, has a newer processor (N3010) , better build, supports M.2 drives. This is normally £300+, but currently available on eBay for £100 with a 128GB SSD and 4GB RAM. The Gigabyte Brix will end up costing about the same after SSD and RAM are added, but the Lenovo M600 Tiny is a much better unit.
Works fine as a web browser and kodi box.
ishybon09/02/2020 12:52

I’d think an RPi 4 w/4GB RAM is better than this as a server


Depends on the server. RPi wouldn’t be a better windows server
malhal09/02/2020 16:41

This CPU is from 2013!I'd recommend a mini PC from Ali Express, many …This CPU is from 2013!I'd recommend a mini PC from Ali Express, many choices of CPUs, e.g. with a J3160 if it's for a firewall (it has AES)


I wondered about this but what about import duty? There’s nothing wrong with older CPUs, they’re not the most energy efficient or the fastest but they’ll run fine for most things.
McFlufftang09/02/2020 18:59

Works fine as a web browser and kodi box.


DAVE365209/02/2020 12:42

Might be good for a kodi set up


Hehehehehehe, I'd definately think so, yes. :-D

plewis0009/02/2020 13:11

It doesn't but H.265 needs some pretty heavy duty hardware anyway so I'd …It doesn't but H.265 needs some pretty heavy duty hardware anyway so I'd imagine you'd buy something a lot more powerful if you want to be handling 4K and H.265. This is fine for 1080p stuff. I think I bought an Acer Revo from ITZOO with that CPU, it's proper Core architecture too so runs fast. It was my plan to run one of these non-stop so I can have a dedicated computer for dialing into when I'm not at home - but a BRIX or NUC would also do the job. I think anyone who knocks it doesn't understand what you can really do with these little things. Car computer is another option.


"Car computer is another option."

I've no clue what you meant by any of that, lol, enlighten me please?.

spannerzone09/02/2020 12:41

Few things, I have setup a VPN so when I was away from home (overseas …Few things, I have setup a VPN so when I was away from home (overseas mainly) I could connect back to my home network if needed, I stored my music collection on a 2TB usb hard drive that was connected to that PC although having a low powered NAS would do much the same... I also run some Ubiquiti software to manage my home wifi device (Ubiquti wifi access points can have an app running for additional features)Mine was the slightly older Gigabyte Brix 1037u, it was very well made and a solid performer, albeit not super powerful. Great little devices if you have requirements like I have.If you're after something considerably more powerful and only a little bit bigger, I went for a used HP elitedesk 800 g2 with an i3 6500t - it uses more power, is bigger but is considerably more powerful and sometimes available for £100 ish on ebay.


Just a thought actually, I was thinking, can this be used to make a hardware SmoothWall firewall box of sorts too even?, or ... thanx.
Wireguard is better for vpn
I usually find an old laptop, we are in a office building that sometimes at night switch of power for maintenance work so a laptop with Ubuntu remains on for the duration
majorwedgy8409/02/2020 11:04

Voted hot but on reflective the cpu on this is all kinda of awful even at …Voted hot but on reflective the cpu on this is all kinda of awful even at this price


Nothing wrong with it. Running windows server 2019 on a j1900 currently with 24TB file share, plex server etc. It’s fine.
Edited by: "DrManhattan" 9th Feb
DrManhattan09/02/2020 23:15

Nothing wrong with it. Running windows server 2019 on a j1900 currently …Nothing wrong with it. Running windows server 2019 on a j1900 currently with 24TB file share, plex server etc. It’s fine.


Yours is clearly a stronger machine, with a more powerful CPU, so not exactly the same thing unfortunately?, lol.

But I hear what you're saying though ... :-)
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