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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 4:10 pm 
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Appreciate your help. :)


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 7:02 am 
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ntavlas wrote:
and after:
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Very impressive!!!

I like the understated design, quite elegant.

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Thanks man!

Understated is my moto...

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Should you want to enjoy hardware video acceleration with that specific motherboard, you can pick up a cheap Broadcom Crystal HD Decoder mini-PCIe card for around $25 USD. Model number is BCM70012. There is a similar part number, BCM970012, however that is the HP OEM model (I think.) A recent version of Adobe Flash supports this chipset for flash acceleration as well, just FYI.

Related articles:
http://www.broadcom.com/products/Consum ... s/BCM70012
http://www.broadcom.com/products/featur ... tal_hd.php
http://www.anandtech.com/gadgets/showdoc.aspx?i=3701


btw, nice design!


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That broadcom device is a nifty little thing, unfortunately my board only takes 3x5cm mini pcie cards. It`s a big bummer, since I also wanted to use one of those mini pcie ssd`s.

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I believe the card is full-length mini-PCIe, so it should work. I'll be using one for an HTPC once I get the right metal working equipment in my shop.


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bump : alternative version in walnut almost complete :)

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ntavlas wrote:
bump : alternative version in walnut almost complete :)


walnut is definitely one of my favorite woods. (maple just barely beats it out.)


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Really like the white version, looks very ipodish.


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 Post subject: Re: My custom nettop case, now in wood!
PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:15 am 
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ntavlas wrote:
Taking a brake from lapping, I tried to improve the cooling of the motherboard. The northbridge/igp has the highest TDP at 5 watts so it gets a bigger heatsink. The stock one was moved to the southbridge (3 watts TDP). I also added some small heatsinks on the power transistors.

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I had a similar need, with a board on which stock heat sinks where just to small, with a loud 5cm fan on the CPU. I found big Pentium 3 heat sinks which I used to cut bigger ones. I mounted them using the original springs, and parts of AAA battery holders (to lock the spring in place, inside the heatsink, you will notice it on the picture).

Now I can run it like your own board, with a much bigger and quieter fan:

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ntavlas wrote:
That broadcom device is a nifty little thing, unfortunately my board only takes 3x5cm mini pcie cards. It`s a big bummer, since I also wanted to use one of those mini pcie ssd`s.


I realise it's maybe a little bit late now, but you can get 50mm Mini-PCIe SATA SSDs now. The ones I've found are kinda expensive (available in 32gb, 64gb and 128gb)

http://www.memoryc.com/products/descrip ... index.html

I'm sorely tempted to get one for my laptop too, as it'd then let me use the internal 2.5" bay for a high capacity storage drive, but meh...I don't *need* it :P

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 Post subject: Re: My custom nettop case, now in wood!
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like the white version, but the one with black stripes is really coooooooooool))
look forward to all your posts! Keep up the outstanding work!


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 Post subject: Re: My custom mini itx cases
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An update adding an aluminium version and a alternative, larger instance attempting to build a viable gaming pc with the smallest footprint possible.

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 Post subject: Re: My custom mini itx cases
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Somehow I missed the last posts. Eventually I settled for a thin Skythe fan @ 1000 rpm and returned to the stock heatsink. The fan is pretty much inaudible and I`m not particularly annoyed by the hard drive either but truth be told, among other members here, I`m not particularly sensitive to noise. So far, this machine has been used mostly as a test subject , it doesn`t need to be particularly refined. The availability of thinner sandy bridge boards opens up more possibilities though. As for mini pcie ssds, it`s good to have the option in a HTPC/server config though a 2,5 inch ssd is also an option, especially in a desktop configuration.

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 Post subject: Re: array of custom mini itx cases
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that was amazing.


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 Post subject: Re: array of custom mini itx cases
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Thanks :)

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