Mini PC. Good idea or bad idea?

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  1. Harsky
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    I know PC towers aren't meant to be something that you can pick up and carry in a bag but recently, I've been toying with the idea of getting one for my room since I don't have the room to spare for those common huge ones. The only one I seen so far is this:

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?Module...ce=1&doy=search

    Considering a few years ago, I was also in this same situation but I was warned against it since it over heats too easily. How far have things come since then and is there any other sites that would sell mini PCs?
     


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    links busted...
     
  3. Harsky
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    Whoops. Fixxored
     
  4. jumpman17

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    I don't like them because they are hard to ever upgrade as the pieces all fit in those things like a jigsaw puzzle.
     
  5. H8TR

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    Never really was interested in iDEQs. If you want small PC's, go with Shuttle.
     
  6. Linkiboy

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    get an imac lol
     
  7. kellyan95

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    Get a small for factor, a microatx system. They are pretty small, I had a SFF Alienware (in fact, I still have the case and PSU, it needs ram a proc and new mobo >_
     
  8. notnarb

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    just get a laptop
     
  9. 1man1dream

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    couldn't you leave the tower on the ground? anyways..

    I would go against it as in the future they are EXETREMELY hard to upgrade
     
  10. Cairpre

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    ^^^ Speaks the truth.
     
  11. theorgan

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    bad idea get a mac.
     
  12. Beware

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    STFU. I'm tired of you retards saying get a Mac. The hardware is NOT better than PC hardware, the price is WAAAAYYY inflated and everything is proprietary, so it's harder and more expensive than a PC to upgrade. He wasn't asking about Macs so enough of the useless fanboy BS and give some REAL feedback instead of drug induced fanboyisms.[/off-topic]

    You could always build your own using a mini-ITX mobo. VIA just came out with a pico-ITX. Not so great if you want real desktop performance, but DAMN, is it tiny. If you want a desktop in a tiny package I would say go with the Shuttle. I'm rather fond of the UMPCs and the OQO model 02, though a bit pricey, is VERY impressive.
     
  13. Sinkhead

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    Which is why I threw the Pico-ITX just released by VIA. Apparently it's TIIINNNYYY.

    EDIT:Nevermind. I thought you said mini-ITX weren't tiny enough. XD
     
  16. theorgan

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    Settle down little man it was a joke. Wipe the sweat off your keyboard from your clammy hands and lighten up. ok? ok.
     
  17. theorgan

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  18. Sinkhead

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    Bah. Ok, but I don't like Mac fanboys. And it does say often, and that is usually what most people mean...

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  19. theorgan

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    Often isn't the same as always. I know you are still in ummm im not sure what you englanders call it but some form of school right? Hit the books a bit harder. And i never said i was a fanboy.
     
  20. Veho

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    Mini ITX and Pico ITX boards are very good for (ultra)small form factor, dedicated PCs, like media centres, or office computers for example. If all you need is basic Web, some document editing, picture/movie viewing, and a media player, then a mini ITX PC would suit you fine. They are really small and you can fit a whole Windows XP machine inside an original Gameboy casing (tried and proven). Also worthy of mention is the virtually nonexistent power consumption, and fanless CPUs: bliss. But if you want gaming or video/music/picture editing, a standard ATX board would be better, because it would enable you easier upgrading. Small form factor PCs are tricky either way, though, because most of the best (or "best value for money") hardware won't fit onto a tiny board or inside a tiny casing of a miniPC.