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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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#91
Quote from garysixpack View Post :
It's an XBMC/openELEC appliance. Why would I need to open IE? I have a different box for that. Just as I have different (virtual) boxes for file service, dlna service, etc.

RaspberryPi would have been an intriguing alternative, except XBMC on it sounded hackish (and I need something easy to operate for my wife), and I need at least 100baseT (my house is large and electromagnetically noisy).
Fair enough.
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#92
Quote from garysixpack View Post :
RaspberryPi would have been an intriguing alternative, except XBMC on it sounded hackish (and I need something easy to operate for my wife), and I need at least 100baseT (my house is large and electromagnetically noisy).
not really. the $35 dollar version has 100baseT. if she can operate appletv or roku, then she should be able to use xbmc on a raspberry pi.

here's a nice review:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmMWVb47Okc
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#93
Quote from LordAthens View Post :
Yes and no. From my research, it's not completely seamless and XBMC's PVR/LiveTV functions are still not ready for prime time. It also seems to take a lot of trial and error to get it even marginally working.

That said, an Atom isn't going to do any better, they're simply just to underpowered. Being able to decode 1080p .264 in hardware doesn't help anything in the GUI that is done in software. If you want a solid DVR setup, do it right and put together a Celeron or i3 system (which can be built for ~$200) with WMC. That machine will run your DVR, XBMC, web browser, Hulu, Netflix, Youtube, everything, without issue.
Can you please link the parts to build a $200 i3 system?
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#94
I haven't used xbmc for a long time now, has it become any faster ? the last time I used around 3-4 months ago it used to buffer a lot during peak hours in the evenings.
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#95
Quote from RavenSEAL View Post :
This thing is barely faster than a 8 year old Pentium D, it doesn't matter how much I optimize Windows...the hardware is physically lackluster.

I rather put $30 more into a Core2Duo and walk out a winner.
My wife runs one on her netbook. works just fine for general everyday use.
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#96
Quote from netanderthal View Post :
Sure you dont, except i3 is a more efficient cpu (35W TDP vs 45W of 4050e) and, best of all, has an integrated GPU on the chip which is more than sufficient for HD playback
I never said it wasn't a good choice for a machine. I said that you don't need a CPU of that power. HTPCs are not CPU intensive computers.
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#97
Quote from botham View Post :
I haven't used xbmc for a long time now, has it become any faster ? the last time I used around 3-4 months ago it used to buffer a lot during peak hours in the evenings.
I use it and have never had a problem with it. But I also used it a lot 3-4 months ago and never had any buffering issues. v12 was just released so maybe it will fix whatever issues you had.
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#98
Does anyone know if you can use the remote to turn the system on and off when using openelec and xbmc??
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#99
Quote from botham View Post :
I haven't used xbmc for a long time now, has it become any faster ? the last time I used around 3-4 months ago it used to buffer a lot during peak hours in the evenings.
What you are asking makes no sense. It's like saying you tried Windows, 4 months ago and it buffered in the evening.

What buffered? It certainly won't be local playback (i.e. from an attached HD). It could be networked content if you were using wireless and the local neighborhood got congested in the evening, but I doubt it and that would have nothing to do with XBMC. So we are probably looking at a streaming service provider of some sort. It's very difficult to guess what service you were streaming but almost all the streaming service plugins available to XBMC allow you to modify the bitrate so as to avoid buffering in low bandwidth situations, but this still has nothing to do with XBMC.
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#100
Ok. Stupid questions here

1) This thing needs a HD and an OS, right?
2) IF I bought an external HD with this, can I use this as a DVR?
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#101
Quote from seansich View Post :
Ok. Stupid questions here

1) This thing needs a HD and an OS, right?
2) IF I bought an external HD with this, can I use this as a DVR?
yes, and yes if configured correctly.
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#102
would a 2.5" laptop hard drive with xp already on it work with this
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#103
Quote from RavenSEAL View Post :
This thing is crawling slow, absolutely will not run Netflix or Windows comfortably for that matter...you're better off buying a refurbed C2D system from TigerDirect for $130.
Untrue. Run win8 on it and it'll run netflix HD great. run win7 and it'll run netflix SD great! Stand by my word. The graphics card can bitstream HD audio and play the three blu-ray codecs, as well. Don't expect to run CPU/software-bound tasks well. but it'll handle browsing/email/hd movies
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#104
Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately, I can't try it any more as I wiped my xbmcbuntu partiton to install openelec. But, I will keep that in mind if I ever switch to xbmc.

OTOH, I am very pleased with openelec. The machine boots much faster than xbmcbuntu (live version) and the whole experience is pretty much like turning on an appliance as openelec is designed for. You should try it too. This from openelec's wiki page:

OpenELEC vs. XBMCbuntu. What is the difference to me?

OpenELEC is built from the ground up to explicitly include only the bare minimum of what is required. XBMC Live starts from a full Linux distribution and pars down from there, meaning your install contains large amounts of content you don't actually need. Also, OpenELEC is an appliance - meaning trivial system wide updates including XBMC. Live requires Linux knowledge and time to maintain. OpenELEC maintains itself automatically.

Quote from yazyazoo View Post :
I had this too after installing the newest xbmc on a ion 330 this weekend. Did you try changing the settings. Go to Settings -> System -> Video Output -> Change to Full Screen.

I think the default setting is Windowed which give frame drops. Let me know if that solved it.
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#105
Try openelc.

http://openelec.tv/

Quote from botham View Post :
I haven't used xbmc for a long time now, has it become any faster ? the last time I used around 3-4 months ago it used to buffer a lot during peak hours in the evenings.
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