TechSpot: Building a Thin Mini-ITX PC - Small and Silent Performance

While many of us are content with traditional desktop tower PCs, there are those who have been pushing for a more compact and quieter alternative.

The idea behind the Thin Mini-ITX format, besides the obvious which is to create seriously compact computers, is also to allow for DIY all-in-ones (think of little PCs you can attach to the back of your monitor). Having that said, we don't fully intend to go the all-in-one route in this article, but are aiming to build a powerful Thin Mini-ITX system that can be used in the office or at home as a media PC.

So, to recap, this is our goal: extremely compact, powerful, and near silent operation, as in no-moving-parts silent. For less than $700 including a 256GB SSD, we believe you'll love what the final product will look like.

Read: Building a Thin Mini-ITX PC - Small and Silent Performance

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If the thermal dissipation allows for a Core i5 as the last page suggest, then change the CPU for an AMD A10 5700 (65W) (or whatever Richland part replaces it next month), get the fastest RAM that'll fit the case, and you've got an HTPC that can be used for gaming.

I really like the Thin Mini-ITX form factor. I have an Intel DQ77KB with i3 CPU in an M350 case running as a small, powerful wireless router.

I also have an Intel DN2800MT used as a small server, but I plan to replace this with another DQ77KB and an i7 or Xeon.

Computing has become so small now that you can just place it in the corner of a room or on a shelf somewhere.

Okay I can definitely see a useage for this. It'd never replace my HTPC, but it could sit in another room (bedroom?) to stream from the HTPC, although the mini PCs that ASUS and co make would do the same thing.

Or the next Xbox could do this as well (better than the current one anyway), which would render this moot.

Anyway, all food for thought, thanks for the article.

Mini PCs from Asus use fans which is kinda the point of this product, ohh and they also only support Atom or Celeron processors... not Core i5's.

How in the world does the Xbox make this moot?