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Initial post: Mar 3, 2011 12:01:00 PM PST
Hi all!

Okay, one quick question.

If you were to recommend a factory build, something that would run 1080P and have HDMI and WiFi, what would it be?

I have:
Visio55 (480HZ)
Dell 9100 (base)
Logitech Z 5500 (optical out from tv)

-Bill in Colorado

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 1:47:21 PM PST
what is your financial limit?

Posted on Mar 5, 2011 11:34:23 AM PST
Hi Richard,
Sorry for the long response time.
Hit with hard drive issues with an older Dell 8400 that I use for email and other bulk type work.

I've noted that HTPCs range greatly in price, but I was hoping to get something a little more budget minded.

What's wrong with the Nvidia Ion HTPCs I see offered such as this one:

I realize I asked originally for a broader recommendation, but now maybe I feel I'm interested in what this market has to offer.


Posted on Mar 6, 2011 2:06:49 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 7, 2011 12:57:26 PM PST
Howard says:
In general, Atom-based builds are under performers. I have checked the D525 in the link you point to and Passmark rating is pretty good - better than my desktop machines which are a few years old. However, I have read that in general, Atom has difficulty when it comes to performance in the HTPC arena - which is in line with a number of reviews at the link you have.

Additionally, with a factory build like you point to, you have less flexibility - you have no control over the components and as far as yours, others point to the inability to open it up and expand memory, change the hard drive (for SSD for example) indicating manufacturers claim that opening it will void warranty...and some reviews point to units DOA. These toys are more focused on how low they can get the price (which has a place) as opposed to putting together a good build which is performance driven, looks to minimize power consumption, and is well-suited to its task.

Lastly, for the mentioned unit, it appears you still need to go purchase Windows 7 for it.

I'm putting together my list to build my own - liking the flexibility I have in selecting the exact components I want. Granted, it will obviously end out costing more money and take a little of my own time. However, for the additional price I get full control and can deal with the vendors/manufacturers I trust. Building a PC these days is not rocket science - anyone can do it even if not technically inclined.

Who has ever heard of Giada? Nobody - because it is a Chinese company merely using a small office in San Francisco as a front for their import business.

Your N20 is on Amazon through a 3rd party seller - and the reviews are mixed:

You need to decide how important price is - as with most things technology related these days.
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