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 Post subject: Cheap, fanless + on-board x86 CPU mobo?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:57 am 
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Hello

I'd like to build a...
- really quiet PC (totally fanless, or single, slowed-down 120mm fan) which
- has a PCI slot, and
- doesn't require much horsepower, and
- has en embedded x86 CPU so that I can use a regular Linux distro, but
- the whole thing (mobo + RAM + CF/DD + DIY acrylic case) shouldn't cost more than about $100-130.

At this point, it looks like the only motherboards with an embedded x86 CPU are Atom-based such as the Asus AT5NM10-I, but they're a bit too pricey for this project.

Do you know of other motherboards, even with older CPU? Size isn't an issue, so even ATX mobos are OK.

Thank you.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:45 am 
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Well, if you don't need much power there's this VIA motherboard for $60 here.

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I'm really happy with my Intel D510MO. It fits all your requirements: no fans, embedded dual-core Atom (with hyperthreading), PCI slot, low-power consumption. Ubuntu 9.10 works out of the box.

Intel's page:
http://www.intel.com/products/desktop/m ... erview.htm

$85 from Newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813121399

SPCR reviewed here:
http://www.silentpcreview.com/intel-d510m0

Anandtech reviewed here:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/2889

A few builds from the SPCR Gallery:
http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/vi ... hp?t=57857
http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/vi ... hp?t=57818
http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/vi ... hp?t=57965

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:45 am 
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Thanks much for the tip on the Intel and Via mobos. I'll see for how much they can be had over here in Europe.


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