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NeeGo Raspberry Pi 3 Kit – Pi 3 Model B Barebones Computer Motherboard with 64bit Quad Core CPU & 1GB RAM, Black Pi3 Case, 2.5A Power Supply & Heatsink 2-Pack £36.99 Sold by kent photo and Fulfilled by Amazon.
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Awertrw

Any good as a plex server?



So long as you don't need to transcode. i.e. if your Plex player (TV, etc.) can direct handle the formats stored in Plex.
Awertrw

Any good as a plex server?


fantastic as a Plex server
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skarmachild

so is this a complete pi3 pack? all i need is hdmi-hdmi cable right and … so is this a complete pi3 pack? all i need is hdmi-hdmi cable right and then i can install retropie on it?



Just add an SD card.
Any good as a plex server?
zoostorm fizzbook barebone laptop £39.99 ebay / zoostorm-sales
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Niche deal here for above with spare hs/ram Knockin around. N2600 cpu 10" screen needs ddr3 ram and HD Not the fastest but not bad way to use old parts in a drawer
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Hmm. might be tempted... would be an upgrade from my current Atom N450 Netbook
AdamPI

Massively outdated CPU, possibly some very specific usage scenarios … Massively outdated CPU, possibly some very specific usage scenarios involving Linux, but...


You're basically describing a Chromebook.
I use one as a vehicle diagnostic laptop running Windows 7 and it's worked quite nicely, fairly slow...a small ssd drive might help...it's not bad on batteries. There is lots of educational software available for it, using some of it's hidden features. Good for the money , if you want to have a project to play with.
CPU in this thing is about 40% weaker than the £30 linx tablets that appear here now and again.
Any good as a linux box?
Are there any gotchas in doing this (lack of driver support, etc) ?
Asus vivopc i5 4210u barebones £149.75 @ iCubes
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Barebones pc (just add ram storage and OS), including a 4th gen Intel i5, WiFi and Bluetooth unit, front speakers which are better than they should be, tons of ports at the back, a… Read more
irekpa

You need DDR3L 1.3V only! The one you linked is standard DDR3 1.5V so … You need DDR3L 1.3V only! The one you linked is standard DDR3 1.5V so will not work with this barebone system



Thanks! Bought a new dell branded 8gb stick for £38.
Anyone know where you can buy one of these, as I quite fancied one.
lucky chap
Yes mine also arriving tomorrow by DPD
Mines been dispatched. Arriving tomorrow via dpd.
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Intel i5-5250U Barebones NUC (Kit NUC5i5RYH)  £194.25 @ ebay / EncorePC
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intel NUC Kit NUC5i5RYH i5-5250U UCFF Barebone PC - NUC. EDIT: Ebay stock expired but available from Encore at Amazon The next unit of computing sounds nerdy but fear not, i… Read more
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must have only been 1 :/. missed again
Back in stock on Amazon and eBay @ £216.
kind of wish I picked one up now
Well quick delivery mine arrived today got my stuff today the only downside being a don't have a mini hdmi cable
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HPE Proliant ML10 Gen9 Pentium G4400 - 4 GB RAM, no HDD. from Ballicom - £167.00 inc. (£107.00 after cashback)
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Barebones Proliant tower server, 3.3GHz Pentium G4400, 4GB unbuffered ECC RAM. Model: 837826-421, There's a £60 cashback offer on UK stock - details here . Which ends Jan 31st 201… Read more
I have an ML10 v2, and will be sticking with it... The ML10 v2 has two ethernet ports, and I was really hoping for front USB 3.0 ports. It's also about £70 cheaper to get hold of a compatible Xeon if you're happy with used. Maybe the Gen10 will look a little better...
I don't know what you're looking at but both machines have 4 RAM slots and 4 internal 3.5" drive bays, although the HP, being taller, does have an extra 5.25" bay which could be purposed for additional drives (e.g. 2 x 2.5") if required. With some imagination you could stuff either full of velcro/tie-wrapped drives if you're desperate.

It's all a bit of a moot point anyway; there's plenty space in both for any realistic use, and if a huge amount of performant storage is a need then you're probably looking at the wrong solution with either of these two servers.

I can't see any reference to 're-casing' the T20 on eBuyer. Would seem a rather futile and expensive way of doing things. If you need a small server, just buy one? And if you do, why all the fretting about drive bays?
It shows 4 bays available on each? Also one of the comments on Ebuyer states that while you can transfer into a smaller case (which I would do) the headers are different and some other cables would be required, there is also only one RAM slot so although you can get more RAM it has to be a single stick, that and I'd not use either 32gb or 64gb. The processor is more 'future' proof for sure but I wonder how many hours and PITA messing around I'll have to do to get it to where I want it? I'd also need to buy DDR4 as opposed to just using a stick from my existing system.

Edit: The T20 looks like it may have to taken itself out the running anyway as it's case is bigger than I want so downsizing the existing setup looks the best option and that is the ML10 if I'm going through the processes
Edited by: "borak" 6th Jan 2017
juux

This … This one?http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/dell-poweredge-t20-intel-g3220-4gb-ram-500gb-hdd-mini-tower-server-delivery-ebuyer-2594521Yes, I get that is a bit smaller and it comes with a (cheap/slow) HDD but has older & slower CPU/memory, it's more expensive than the HP (after cb) and will similarly be unable to be rehoused in a Microserver-size case.The £20-odd you save buying the HP goes a fair way to buying a small SSD for the OS, hugely improving the responsiveness.It's your money though



You make a good point to be fair.
This one?

hotukdeals.com/dea…521

Yes, I get that is a bit smaller and it comes with a (cheap/slow) HDD but has older & slower CPU/memory, it's more expensive than the HP (after cb) and will similarly be unable to be rehoused in a Microserver-size case.

The £20-odd you save buying the HP goes a fair way to buying a small SSD for the OS, hugely improving the responsiveness.

It's your money though
Foxconn NT-IBT19 Barebone Nano PC £59 @ silverstarcomponentsltd / Ebay
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Seems a good price for a barebones mini PC, CPU is quite capable too. Just add a HDD and SODIMM Memory. 190(W) x 135(D) x 24(H)mm Intel Celeron Quad Core J1900 CPU One SO-DIMM … Read more
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npinn001

​Interesting. Did you follow a guide or are you able to give me a steer o … ​Interesting. Did you follow a guide or are you able to give me a steer on that front, seems like a good idea as the fan is noisy.



Hello, No guide - I just unplugged and unscrewed the laptop style blower fan. Cleaned up the CPU die then applied new thermal paste and a small heatsink from an old motherboard chipset

http://northamericanshores.com/slowblog/bad_heatsink.jpg this sort of thing

(be careful not to use one that's too big as it'll short out components around the CPU (use non conductive tape on the parts not making contact with CPU die) the weight of the metal and paste kept it in place without movement, so no clasp etc needed to fix it down.

Mine was a little too tall to put the top of the case back on but I wasn't fussed.

Idles around 30degrees with max temps of 65degrees when 100% stress/burn tested so very happy.

actually cools better than that awful blower fan with the top off
Meant to type 'please', where are my manners.
Joehawkins609

​I removed the built in fan and installed a passive heatsync onto mine. u … ​I removed the built in fan and installed a passive heatsync onto mine. use it as a silent plex server. Perfect for what I need.



​Interesting. Did you follow a guide or are you able to give me a steer on that front, seems like a good idea as the fan is noisy.
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npinn001

What do you guys think of yours? Rate it or not?



​I removed the built in fan and installed a passive heatsync onto mine. use it as a silent plex server. Perfect for what I need.
Joehawkins609

​what cable are you using ? I found that a DVI to HDMI cable wasn't s … ​what cable are you using ? I found that a DVI to HDMI cable wasn't supported and only managed to get a picture after plugging in a VGA cable.



What do you guys think of yours? Rate it or not?
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ASRock DeskMini 110 Barebone PC - £129.76 @ CCLOnline
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Another new variation on the Mini PC that seems to have a lot of scope for choice as to what to put inside. The Mini Socket Technology Extended (Mini-STX) form factor adds the fle… Read more
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76zedfour

i dont understand what this is.Is it basically a case with a motherboard … i dont understand what this is.Is it basically a case with a motherboard fitted and you have to supply the cpu, ram and hard disk?



Yes it is a barebones system but where some NUC's and similar devices allow additional RAM or maybe a HDD/SSD, this one allows a greater range of things, including CPU.

More flexibility in a small box.
76zedfour

i dont understand what this is.Is it basically a case with a motherboard … i dont understand what this is.Is it basically a case with a motherboard fitted and you have to supply the cpu, ram and hard disk?



​yes
reddit

More info over at the ASRock … More info over at the ASRock site.http://www.asrock.com/nettop/Intel/Deskmini%20110%20Series/



​yes
i dont understand what this is.
Is it basically a case with a motherboard fitted and you have to supply the cpu, ram and hard disk?
Gigabyte Brix - fanless barebone PC £64.98 @ ebuyer
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Gigabyte Brix GB-BXBT-3825 Intel E3825 Barebone PC Silent and fanless Intel® Atom processor E3825 1 x SO-DIMM DDR3L slot 1 x GbE LAN (Realtek RTL8111G) 1 x 2.5" HDD/SSD internal b… Read more
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Edited by: "michaellynn" 12th Jul 2016
This has been up here before. A very niche device with a CPU benchmark of around 556. However, it is fanless.
Does not mean to hijack this thread, but I just want to inform you this memory can can complement, but this is for prime (you can just use the trial prime). See my comment you can get this for about £7.99. I just want to help.
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Asus Vivo i3-4030U BareBones PC - eBuyer, £107.99 free delivery
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Asus VC62B-B006M, Intel Core i3-4030U, 2 x SO-DIMM (Up to 16GB RAM) SATA 6Gb/s 3.5" or 2.5"/2 x 2.5 via Vivo DualBay, Intel HD Graphics 4400, 4-in-1 card reader, 802.11 B/G/N/AC, … Read more
brookheather

Best to use an SSD with a USB3 adapter that supports UASP. This is the … Best to use an SSD with a USB3 adapter that supports UASP. This is the one that I am using:StarTech.com USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable w/ UASP - SATA to USB 3.0 Converter for SSD/HDD - Hard Drive Adapter Cable


Thanks, have ordered one
brookheather

You can also copy an existing Windows installation to a USB drive so it … You can also copy an existing Windows installation to a USB drive so it runs as a Windows To Go installation using this tool here:http://www.easyuefi.com/wintousb/index.html


Thanks, will give this a go, I wonder what the experience will be like regarding speed
Ruffuz

does it come with keyboard and mouse?


No.
brookheather

You can also copy an existing Windows installation to a USB drive so it … You can also copy an existing Windows installation to a USB drive so it runs as a Windows To Go installation using this tool here:http://www.easyuefi.com/wintousb/index.html



That looks interesting, thanks for sharing 8-)
Gigabyte Brix GB-BXBT-3825 Barebones Ultra Compact PC Kit - Voucher applied at checkout - Amazon.co.uk £64.99
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Gigabyte Brix GB-BXBT-3825 Barebones Ultra Compact PC Kit Style Name:GB-BXBT-3825 | Size Name:Barebones Product Description A Fast to Deploy Internet Gateway Solution The GB-B… Read more
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Post there says about the acer revo its a 32gb emmc not ssd drive ?
Edited by: "mackem1966" 26th Apr 2016
reddit

Such as?



Pretty much any Bay Trail mini PC will outperform this by 100% in threaded tasks. And as others have pointed out, other products in the Brix products with low-end Celerons or Jxxx0 SOCs will be even more performant for very little extra money. What this has going for it is expandability in the drive bays and RAM slots that other Bay Trail mini PCs might not offer. I'd be genuinely keen to learn of any application where you think this would shine above the burgeoning competition.

Edit: with a wee bit more reading, the TDP of 6W is quite interesting. If you want an always-on device with consumption around that of a raspberry pi then I guess that I can see the point of this.
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£1.80 cheaper than when I posted it 3 weeks ago and still getting a frosty reception

Definitely a poor cpu.
The J1900 version is around the same price.
thekanester

With respect, it's hard to find something that this can do that can't be … With respect, it's hard to find something that this can do that can't be done better by something else cheaper and better. Looks like a dated, niche product.



Such as?
Asrock Beebox N3000 Barebones Mini-PC/NUC £114.47 delivered @ morecomputers.com
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This is the cheapest I can find this from a reputable retailer (purchased from them in the past). Rumour has it this can handle 4k video. Spec below. I've cancelled my Brix N2807… Read more
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ASRock Beebox N3150/B/BB Barebone Mini PC - Bla ck £128.49 & FREE Delivery in the UK or £124.39 flubit amazon.co.uk/ASR…box

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manit

just bought a beebox n3150 £134.99 250gb ssd samsung 8gb ram


You bought a better spec PC, five months later and for a cheaper price? I should damn well hope so!!
just bought a beebox n3150 £134.99 250gb ssd samsung 8gb ram
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chips7878

I'm still torn between n3000 and n3150 anyone know of any other good … I'm still torn between n3000 and n3150 anyone know of any other good fanless nettop PC's. Wouldn't mind going up to i3 just to give it a bit more grunt.



What are you using it for? If it is for movies than this unit can be powered on/off from the remote easily, in which case you probably won't notice the fan
Thanks flea, I want to keep it on 24x7 so I'm torn between the noise of the fan and it getting too hot
Gigabyte Brix BXBT-2807 Barebones PC £77.99 delivered @ Amazon
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Cheapest ever Amazon price, and the cheapest I can find anywhere right now. Not sure between this and the BXBT-1900 (which is more expensive), but this one has passive cooling so… Read more
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hitman007

Can't find the HP 260 G1 near to £85, can you provide a link?



Use Flubit for £93 or Bespoke for £92, based on the Ebuyer URL. I assume that Ebuyer have shifted most of the excess stock, which is why the prices have firmed. I bought at £85 and £89. Dabs have it for £96 delivered if you don't want to use Flubit or Bespoke.
soza

I've owned one for a while now and it's been great, but I suspect that … I've owned one for a while now and it's been great, but I suspect that the price will continue to go down. They've just recently announced the GB-BACE-3000 which is also fanless, has 4 USB 3.0 ports, split headphone and MIC ports, supports wireless AC, up to 8GB of DDR3L @ 1600 MHz and it also has a built in micro SD card reader.I believe that the other fanless version is the GB-BXCE-3205. It costs more, but it's slimmer, supports more memory and it should also be a litlte faster than than the other two.Would I recommend any of these for Kodi alone? No as there's cheaper alternatives. For a compact and totally silent PC they're amazing though.



Thanks for this soza, I was waiting for info on the new Brix. Sticking with VGA on the GB-BACE-3000 is baffling really and it looks like the GB-BXCE-3205 isn't fanless (not surprising with a TDP of 15w). Looks like the Beebox is definitely the one for me unless there are any contenders soon....
rev6

Mine was £26 from the UK. It can run any skin.



Nice one, probably pull the trigger soon then
I've owned one for a while now and it's been great, but I suspect that the price will continue to go down. They've just recently announced the GB-BACE-3000 which is also fanless, has 4 USB 3.0 ports, split headphone and MIC ports, supports wireless AC, up to 8GB of DDR3L @ 1600 MHz and it also has a built in micro SD card reader.

I believe that the other fanless version is the GB-BXCE-3205. It costs more, but it's slimmer, supports more memory and it should also be a little faster than than the other two.

Would I recommend any of these for Kodi alone? No as there's cheaper alternatives. For a compact and totally silent PC they're amazing though.
Edited by: "soza" 5th Aug 2015
Rom

Is that a simlar price (£30) ?Do they run intensive skins like aeon nox … Is that a simlar price (£30) ?Do they run intensive skins like aeon nox really smoothly, thinking about replacing my (nowadays) large revo in the near future...



Mine was £26 from the UK. It can run any skin.
Gigabyte BRIX GB-BXPi3-4010 Core i3-4010U 1.7GHz Mini Barebone PC with built in Projector £199.98 @ eBuyer
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This was posted a few weeks back now as a daily deal and expired but this seems to be the default price now. As mentioned before this i3 version with the projector is cheaper tha… Read more
paulhea

bought it and have an ssd bought from … bought it and have an ssd bought from http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/refurbished-crucial-m4-ssd-256gb-37-43-delivered-crucial-2069195, will it work with the brix?


This Brix I believe is mSATA only so if you bought a 2.5" SATA SSD it won't fit.
You'd need something like this for 2.5" drive support:
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bought it and have an ssd bought from hotukdeals.com/dea…195, will it work with the brix?
Are there cheaper versions of this> Just need something to stream internet feeds onto a TV...
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paulhea

which version of windows for this 32 or 64 bit?



64 bit
which version of windows for this 32 or 64 bit?
Gigabyte BRIX GB-BXPi3-4010 Projector Barebone PC £199 @ eBuyer
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Seems not a bad price for a little unit, plus the added projector. Ultra compact mini PC/Micro-projector solution Add storage, memory and choice of OS to complete 2 x SO-DIMM DDR3… Read more
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Back down to £199.98 for those who are interested.
I bought one late last night.

I realise the projector is a bit of a gimmick, but the same spec machine without it is about £30 dearer so a bit of a no brainer really.
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Assuming it's done it automatically as I only put it on as the same date valid. Forgot the eBuyer deals run until about 8-9 AM following morning.
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75 ansi lumens = nothing for a projector. Don't expect to see anything that's going on!
Zotac ID18 barebones nettop PC (Celeron 1007U) £92.83 (free delivery) Ballicom through Amazon
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This is a barebones nettop PC, in addition it requires memory (2 x 204-pin SODIMM up to 16GB), a laptop harddisc / SSD, and an operating system. It has a Celeron 1007U CPU which s… Read more
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if I wanted to add an IR receiver and use this device with openelec -what is the best ir receiver to use?
available HERE for £89.74 inc VAT (Free Delivery)
carl19692

Do you think it would be capable of playing Minecraft and Terreria?Or … Do you think it would be capable of playing Minecraft and Terreria?Or would i satill be better with the A4-4000 deal posted earlier?



yes it will play both, do a search on google for "Intel Celeron 1007U terraria" & "Intel Celeron 1007U minecraft"
Do you think it would be capable of playing Minecraft and Terreria?

Or would i satill be better with the A4-4000 deal posted earlier?

smigol

Will this barebone (with 4GB RAM, normal HDD, OpenELEC) be better as a … Will this barebone (with 4GB RAM, normal HDD, OpenELEC) be better as a home media player than MiniX NEO X8-H or incoming MiniX NEO Z64?



It's a substantially faster CPU, it's also a substantially more power hungry one (relatively speaking). Which is better?
Gigabyte Brix GB-BXBT-2807 Celeron N2807 HDMI Barebone - ebuyer - £82.98
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Very small Intel NUC build, perfect for low power users such as an office machine, a media centre or even for the grandparents. Only has 1 DDR3 SODIMM slot but it does let you use… Read more
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jpmont

back in stock!:)



You might as well make a new post for it as I posted this so many months ago.
http://s17.postimg.org/jtk61pfdr/2015_01_07_115045.jpg
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Edited by: "jpmont" 7th Jan 2015
The big problem with this unit is it gets red hot literally without any cooling help..

I did get one at this price and despite it being not that powerful as i plan to try and get a little airflow through the case for safety and use it as an "always on" linux box for squeezebox server, minidlna etc duties

.. i'm toying with the idea as its so hot at the moment of hacking a silent 5V fan to plug in to a usb2 port and resting the unit on that, perhaps drilling a few more holes on the base for airflow etc

duffman2605

What are you connecting it to? I tried xbmc on my Pi but found it too … What are you connecting it to? I tried xbmc on my Pi but found it too slow, now I just use minidlna to act as a media server and all my devices can play content from it natively, just streamed not actually processed by the pi. 2x LG TVs work fine, android devices with bubbleupnp + mx player work perfectly, ps3 will play compatible video fine too



I've got a low(ish) power HTPC (Core i3 2120) that's also doubling as a NAS with 5TB of storage. The Pi is just connecting to network shares and direct streaming off that (no transcoding). Plays everything fine. The trick is to use the sd/usb setup. It's a complete game changer for the Pi, as the USB caches all your library images and the speed literally quadruples.

I did use a nowtv & plex server running on the HTPC, but the overhead of transcoding everything that's not 720p was just draining too much power as well as making all the fans fire up. I prefer using clients that can stream content direct without transcoding.
How would this do for steam inhome streaming? Would be ideal as a media centre + game streaming device, even if it could only manage 720p.
Intel DN2820FYKH Barebone Desktop (Celeron N2820 2.39GHz, HD Graphics, WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0) £92.98 @ Amazon
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Earlier this week Intel had 6-8 weeks worth of n2820 stock still to shift to sellers before they start with n2830 variant rolling out.

N2820 version: SA H22962-100, H22962-101, and H22962-102
N2830 version: SA H22962-103 and later

Its going to be longer than s6-8 weeks before stock at sellers is not mixed

Edited by: "Njay" 4th Jul 2014
Yeah I might get the 2830 version to make a smart TV pc to replace a cumbersom desktop I have in use and like the idea of tiny, quiet and low consumption device running Windows similar.
Don't touch! As stated the processor has a bug. It's really poor that intel are still selling these. Should be recalled really.

Ideal for a low power solutions but I'm waiting until they get through this dodgy stock.
spannerzone

Intel are discretely replacing the 2820 with the 2830 after they decided … Intel are discretely replacing the 2820 with the 2830 after they decided they couldn't be arsed to fix a bug that affected some users.Note this Celeron is based on the Bay Trail Atom CPU's rather than Celeron's based on Haswell. Not saying anything bad except they're very low power consuming and not directly comparable to regular desktop type Celeronshttp://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2014/04/24/intel-n2820/1



Thanks for that. It did seem a bit whiffy, with both processors appearing to offer similar performance. The only difference in the spec I could see was the memory interface being a little faster on the '30.
Intel are discretely replacing the 2820 with the 2830 after they decided they couldn't be arsed to fix a bug that affected some users.

Note this Celeron is based on the Bay Trail Atom CPU's rather than Celeron's based on Haswell. Not saying anything bad except they're very low power consuming and not directly comparable to regular desktop type Celerons

bit-tech.net/new…0/1
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Kikatek Brix Pro i7 4770R in stock, cheapest in UK £504.19
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LazyBBB

Do you need to buy ram and HDD to use this PC? Can anyone explain how it … Do you need to buy ram and HDD to use this PC? Can anyone explain how it works? Is this the barebones, processor, graphics etc then just need to put in RAM & HDD. I'm on the edge of ordering!!



echoing dt_matthews..

for these barebones you need the SODIMM RAM.. aka laptop ram .. which is slightly more expensive than the desktop one.
THere is a Crucial £10 off code somewhere on HotUKdeals... use that and it will be become cheaper than Amazon.
Yes, ram* and ssd required.

Beware, this is not by any means a quiet unit, under load the fan is loud.

*low volt ddr3 sodimm modules

If you do buy I have an 8gb module I had in mine that I'm selling if your interested
Do you need to buy ram and HDD to use this PC? Can anyone explain how it works? Is this the barebones, processor, graphics etc then just need to put in RAM & HDD. I'm on the edge of ordering!!
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DAZZ2000

I always thought Kikatek sounded iffy but looking at those reviews it … I always thought Kikatek sounded iffy but looking at those reviews it seems not. Have you used them before Op?.


The brix arrived safe and sound, and on time... so i havent found the need to test their CS team.

DAZZ2000

The reviews I've read rave about the unit in all areas except price, heat … The reviews I've read rave about the unit in all areas except price, heat and fan noise. Two different reviews have made mention that when pushed this baby gets close to 100 degrees C and the fan goes into overdrive.I would like to read a review and see the cost of the I5 based Brix Pro as this might be a better compromise - if you're not aiming at a full on gaming machine.


I can confirm the performance is great if you are not bother by the heat and fan noise.
When I play Diablo 3 @ 1080p, i get 60+ fps; the max heat i get on CPU is 100 degrees, one of the Ram module is running a bit higher due to its location (beneath the other Ram module.) I found the fan noise is tolerable, it is about the same as a 2009 Macbook Pro running Diablo 3 @ 900p at 30 fps.
BTW disabling Turbo Boost helped with the heat reduction.
You are correct. i5 is worth exploring if you are not going to play the cutting edge games. it is not suitable for me since i need to processing power to use Lightroom and play the occasion games. i5 is not a true quad core and it does not have the full 128Mb L4 cache.
Edited by: "mcchicken2k" 31st Mar 2014
mcchicken2k

Kikatek's seller rating: Your text here



I always thought Kikatek sounded iffy but looking at those reviews it seems not. Have you used them before Op?.

Worth updating your price too; they're now offering them at £504.19, or £501.67 if purchased with a debit card, delivered

The reviews I've read rave about the unit in all areas except price, heat and fan noise. Two different reviews have made mention that when pushed this baby gets close to 100 degrees C and the fan goes into overdrive.

I would like to read a review and see the cost of the I5 based Brix Pro as this might be a better compromise - if you're not aiming at a full on gaming machine.
PACKARD BELL iMedia S2185 Barebones Desktop PC @ PC World £187 with Free Delivery
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Brilliant price if you can install an operating system! Decent Hard Drive, decent RAM, good graphics card! 8 USB ports! Free delivery as well! 500GB HD 4GB RAM AMD Dual-Core E1-25… Read more
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A Dell Vostro 270 desktop on their Business outlet section can be grabbed for around this sort of price often with Win7 or Win8 ... ok it might have 2GB ram but the Dual core G2020 CPU is pretty good and probably better than this. Many outlet products are new & cancelled orders.

Not much at the mo but earlier this week there were several models from around £195 delivered inc VAT.
only good for home server
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Sorry but terrible processor and graphics. Cold
No operating system supplied (rare for Packard Bell / PC World)
You may want to look at refurbished devices such as this: http://www.scctrade.co.uk/prod/lenovo-thinkcentre-m58p-6234-core-2-duo-293ghz-2gb-160gb-grade-b/(other other similar models).

This will leave you with some spare change even after upgrading the ram and getting a larger disk drive (possibly even a SSD one), and will result in a much more powerful machine. As a bonus you'll likely to get a Windows license (likely to be Vista Pro or Win 7 pro) thrown in for good measure.

If you're patient, you can find configurations with 4GB of memory for the same price with the company in the link (I'm not affiliated with them, but bought two Grade B computers from them -a Lenovo X61 and an M58p. Both of these machines were great with very little trace of usage... but YMMV)
Haswell Barebones System w/ CPU/DDR3/USB3/SATA3 just add HDD+OS! £189.98 @ Novatech
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Haswell CPU G3420 (low end but still decent) 4GB DDR3 RAM (1333mhz) (could be faster but will do the job) (upgradeable to 16GB) PSU + H81 motherboard Has USB3 and SATA3. just add … Read more
My new build idles around 40W with a single 500GB hard drive, DVD writer and 2 x 2GB DDR3 ram - this is with a fairly old inefficient PSU though.

Edited by: "brookheather" 19th Oct 2013
dearley1231

The H81 chipset is SATA III which would be good for an SSD.



It would be fine for an SSD even if it were only SATA II.

With the H81 chipset and cheap Pentium CPU, I'd be interested to know what the power consumption of this PC would be. Might make for a decent cheap NAS / Ubuntu box.
Still shocks me how most people think a new build has got to be capable of been a super uber gaming rig. I built my son a machine around this budget and all i put in was a dual core chip i think for around £30. 4gb DDR for about £25. A 500gb hdd i pulled out of a old sky hd box and a graphics card i got off of CCL for around £40. All he was bothered about was if he had LED's on his case or not lol. But serious once ya got it up and running then thats the main thing cos its easy enuff to put the rest of the parts in when and needed just make sure u dont hold back with splashing the cash when it comes to the motherboard and that its future proof.

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bigsofty

Meh, pretty low end & only dual core. Better of snapping up your own bits … Meh, pretty low end & only dual core. Better of snapping up your own bits IMHO.


This is true. I'm hoping it might help someone on a budget (obviously) and who , while comfortable finishing off the build by adding a HDD , may not want to build completely from scratch..
I ordered a similar Intel G3220 cpu + MSH H81M-P33 motherboard for £78 delivered from Scan - added some spare memory and hard drive and installed Windows 8.1. Once you enable the fast boot options it boots in only a few seconds even with a regular 500GB hard drive. Personally I was very impressed with this budget build - powerful enough for non-gaming duties - can play 1080p YouTube at 30% cpu etc.
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