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Arctic MC001-N HTPC (XBMC & OpenElec Compatible) Barebones - $99 Shipped

jarrettd 40 February 10, 2013 at 09:43 AM in Computers (3) More eBay Deals
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I have been looking for a silent HTPC that works with XBMC and/or OpenElec for a while now without any success... until yesterday.

The Arctic MC001 is a full featured media computer (Atom D525, Radeon 5430, TV Tuner, Infrared, Wifi N, !Fanless!). Just add a cheap 30GB SSD and 2-4GB of RAM.

To me, this is a smoking deal. Most barebones with similar specs (not fanless though) are $200+.

Link to Arctic MC001-N:
http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/living/...tml?c=2296


You can also get an MC001-XBMC (also includes 2GB RAM 1TB HDD, DVD Drive, and Preloaded with XBMC) for $229:
http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/free-sh...tml?c=2296


UPDATE: I found a website selling this for $89.95 with free shipping. I am not familiar with this company though:
http://aaawave.com/p-14700-arctic...enter.aspx

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#16
Memory Compatibility Max. memory size: 2 x 4GB
Memory type: SODIMM DDR3 800/1066/1333

http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/living/...tml?c=2296

Probably 204 pin as there are very few 240 pin SODIMMs aside from samsungs.
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Anybody know if it takes 204pin or 240pin RAM?
I was going to guess and say 200Pin SODIMM - Usually all those Atom Machines that the same thing.. I owned Two Atom Media PC's the Giada N3 and a ASUS (which I sold) Both took. 200Pin SODIMM. SO that is my guess.
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Quote from comp1demon View Post :
It's $129.99 on site / $99 on eBay. Then there is the $229 model on the site with the extras (which I might jump on).

If you load windows on the HDD you will be fine. Just don't load all the bloatware and such. No need for virus protection and spyware and such. Just load windows., XBMC, Netflix and Hulu and your set. Stream your media from another PC, or load your content directly on to the HDD.

The specs on this should be good.. But I am concerned how good. I have a Giada N3 now that played back 720p just fine and 1080P as well, but once I enable HD or Master audio it bogs down, also BLU RAY RIPS don't work on my N3 - SO I am wondering how powerful this is for MY OWN needs. The PC I have now is a 1.6Ghz Atom 330 this is an Atom 525 1.8ghz i believe. Also this has the ATI 5430 my N3 as a first generation ION. SO if tech gurus have an answer for me would be most appreciated.
The Atom D525 is much better than the 330. Ion is not nearly as good as Ion 2. I have not used the Radeon HD 5430 yet though. I have an old ION with an Atom 330 and it is not fast enough IMO.
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Quote from comp1demon View Post :
I was going to guess and say 200Pin SODIMM - Usually all those Atom Machines that the same thing.. I owned Two Atom Media PC's the Giada N3 and a ASUS (which I sold) Both took. 200Pin SODIMM. SO that is my guess.
It should be 204 pin since it is DDR3 SODIMM.
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Trying to figure out of these have the TV tuner or not. This would be a great cheap DVR...
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Quote from comp1demon View Post :
I was going to guess and say 200Pin SODIMM - Usually all those Atom Machines that the same thing.. I owned Two Atom Media PC's the Giada N3 and a ASUS (which I sold) Both took. 200Pin SODIMM. SO that is my guess.
I figured that, but Newegg has a couple atom machines that take 240pin, so I wanted to confirm. I've got some 204pin sitting around, so it's tempting to purchase this if it's compatible.
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I bought the XBMC version, but can't pay for it. Anyone else having that issue? Failed when I enter my card and then it just went away. Order is there, but I never paid (or atleast I dont think I did)
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#23
Keep checking Lenovo Outlet. I purchased a pair of IdeaCentre Q180 that were Atom D2700 / 2GB / 320GB / Win7 / DVDRW and included the multimedia remote (popular among the HTPC crowd, and sells for $30-$40 by itself) for $130 shipped. One system actually shipped upgraded to 4GB / 750GB. These systems have been in & out of stock for at least a month now.
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Trying to figure out of these have the TV tuner or not. This would be a great cheap DVR...
no tv tuner, but you can sometimes get the older hdhomerun network based tuners on ebay on the cheap. i would recommend this over a usb tuner.
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Will this play 3D blu-ray ISOs? I'm a total noob looking to convert my entire collection of blu-rays onto a HTPC.
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Also, will it work with a harmony one remote? Thanks!
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I was ready to buy but can't see investing in an HTPC that doesn't run netflix.
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I'm thinking I'd rather wait for the Ouya.
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Also, will it work with a harmony one remote? Thanks!
W7 definitely will.
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I was ready to buy but can't see investing in an HTPC that doesn't run netflix.
I am not sure why you think this could not run netflix. It is barebones, but should handle Windows great. Win7 and you could run netflix from a browser (wouldn't handle HD since silverlight is dumb). Win8 and you could run Netflix HD, as the Netflix app uses better API.
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