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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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#76
i want this. but i dont need this.
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#77
raspberry pi is $35 lol
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#78
Quote from intimidatorx31 View Post :
This site charges tax and it also comes out to $99

Which begs the question, should i buy it from the site that has it for $89 OR from ebay for $99 (does this merchant on ebay charge tax?)

EDIT:

Pics of motherboard
This is the BD version; i believe its the same board but this comes with a bluray drive and a 500GB internal HD; nonetheless same Mobo.

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pa...iew,5.html
which state tax that high ?
they did not charge tax on me, free shipping and no tax
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Quote from ekuest View Post :
i want this. but i dont need this.
I'm in same situation Confused
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Quote from garysixpack View Post :
This is fanless. The Core2Duo usually is not, not without significant effort anyway.
Look up Cougar Hydraulic Bearing fans.

Quite doesn't have to mean fanless.
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Quote from bonkman View Post :
And I use my HTPC as my fileserver. My post was meant to be a tongue-in-cheek response to the person I quoted, hence why it started the way it did. The beauty of HTPC is that you can custom-tailor it to do exactly what you want, no more, not less. So telling someone what "serious" HTPC users do is a slap in the face to anyone who does something different.
I don't think you understand the context of my reply.

Tell me, how exactly do you custom-tailor a barebone like the HTPC posted in this thread besides adding/upgrading the drive and RAM? And would you personally use this HTPC as your file server like what the person I replied to suggested? Have your media library stored on it, and stream from it to multiple displays around your house?

Please tell us what the spec of your HTPC/File server and let's compare it with this one.
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#82
I recently got the Foxconn Nettop box that was on SD and have been using that with Win7 running video files from my main computer.

Will this Nettop be similar to what I purchased previously in terms of performance? Its amazing how quiet it is and its size is something my Wife loves. Any feedback you can share, will be appreciated.

In regards to my experiences, I haven't run into any quality issues, but I have not run anything higher than 720. I put an SSD, that came with it, and 2GB of ram and haven't had any issues. If this is like that box, i'd definitely consider picking it up.
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#83
Quote from cgigate View Post :
which state tax that high ?
they did not charge tax on me, free shipping and no tax

Califor-N-eye Aye Smilie

You getting one? Got One?
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Quote from RavenSEAL View Post :
Look up Cougar Hydraulic Bearing fans.

Quite doesn't have to mean fanless.
Between cpu, case, and power supply, your solution is to throw in another $50 worth of fans? LOL.

And how much more power will this solution end up consuming? In what size case? Yeah, ok, sure. You go ahead and build that box.
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Quote from garysixpack View Post :
Between cpu, case, and power supply, your solution is to throw in another $50 worth of fans? LOL.

And how much more power will this solution end up consuming? In what size case? Yeah, ok, sure. You go ahead and build that box.
Do you even remember reading my original post? You can grab a refurbed loaner with a Core2Duo off TD for $140 .

Switch out the fan for a cougar($9) and drop a linux distro in there or keep Windows. You have a box twice as capable as this.
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Quote from nrg View Post :
Buy a 25 dollar Raspberry Pi and load raspbmc on it. there ya go, cheapest way to get xbmc for your tv.
your tv remote will control xbmc and it will stream everything you want. i was running 1080p mkv with 5.1 DD last night with it.
Beat me to it. Not a TC, but reality. If you're looking for an XBMC solution, this is it. Much cheaper, and does the job.
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Quote from RavenSEAL View Post :
Do you even remember reading my original post? You can grab a refurbed loaner with a Core2Duo off TD for $140 .

Switch out the fan for a cougar($9) and drop a linux distro in there or keep Windows. You have a box twice as capable as this.
Right. Buy a refurb C2D. Swap out cpu and case fan. Hope power supply fan isn't too loud. And then you'll have a box that burns 2x the power, in a mini-tower. Which I'll stash... somewhere. Did I miss anything?

I'm an idiot not seeing the attraction in this solution. Not. LOL.
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Quote from garysixpack View Post :
Right. Buy a refurb C2D. Swap out cpu and case fan. Hope power supply fan isn't too loud. And then you'll have a box that burns 2x the power, in a mini-tower. Which I'll stash... somewhere. Did I miss anything?

I'm an idiot not seeing the attraction in this solution. Not. LOL.
Sorry that I tend to lean towards more performance oriented budget parts.

Enjoy your Mini-PC that freezes up trying to open Internet Explorer, I'm sure the silence will be worth the frustration.
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#89
Dual Core Intel Atom D525 (1.8GHz)

LMAO
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Quote from RavenSEAL View Post :
Sorry that I tend to lean towards more performance oriented budget parts.

Enjoy your Mini-PC that freezes up trying to open Internet Explorer, I'm sure the silence will be worth the frustration.
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).
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