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Month: February 2014

HTPC build – ATOM Baytrail Celeron. Part 1

HTPC build – ATOM Baytrail Celeron. Part 1

So as some of you may know I have recently bought another house and moved in to that house. This issues I have been faced with is that I now need to have live TV available on both TVs(and for fun in my office).
I have a cheap discard PC from an office that I have been using for over a year as my main HTPC. I don’t remember the specs, but they are poor. It really just gets the job done. I have been looking to build a new system for the living room.

My requirements are small.

  1. Run Windows Media center
  2. Be able to record at least 30 hours of HD
  3. Run Netflix
  4. Run XBMC
  5. Run Plex

All the barebones light weight systems were either too weak Atom systems or expensive Sandy bridge system.
Well this week Intel launched a new BayTrail/Celeron based NUC. Intel Next Unit of Computing Kit -Celeron DN2820FYKH0 and it was cheap too at just $139.
I also picked up a 4gb SODIMM Kingston Value RAM 4GB (KVR13S9S8) and I am gonna use a leftover 500gb 2.5 inch drive. So my total cost is about $180. If you need to buy a hard drive this is what I have. 500GB WD Blue WD5000LPVX

Everything should be here by Thursday and I will document the build.