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BIOSTAR A68I-350 Deluxe
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BIOSTAR A68I-350 Deluxe AMD Fusion APU 350D AMD A68 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo W/8GB (2x4GB) RAM $59.99 A/R


THE RAM IS G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL which goes for $30-$40 by itself !


I think this is about the cheapest way you can get into a HTPC build.


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I think that you must have me confused with someone else. I LIKE G.Skill RAM, it's pretty-much all I use.

I think that it... (more)

VirtuaL (Nov. 24, 2012 @ 7:20p) |

No confusion, I was busting your chops because alot of your posts are negative.


"Red for invalid rebate." (which it wasn'... (more)

SithMaster (Nov. 24, 2012 @ 9:06p) |

Board fits this perfect, I've had it running video for 14 hours now and it's at 39c.

SithMaster (Nov. 27, 2012 @ 2:06p) |

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Worth a shot...I'm thinking you could get a case, psu and ssd for $100 and have a decent htpc...one reviewer says that it can't handle 1080p reliably which I find hard to believe...its more likely he has high bit rate rips and he should have probably toned it down a bit...

I've been running a e-350 Fusion CPU (I believe this is the same thing) for over a year now - and it has played everything I have thrown at it (including 1080p) -all while using under 30watts of complete system power under full load, running 24/7.

I have the E-350 DM1z from HP and it can handle HDTV recordings from my hauppauge cards. If you use the Cyberlink PowerDVD codec HD MPEG files play smoothly.

Tempted but reviews are not inspiring. Maxes out at 16 gigs ram. This could be a good alternative to the AMD based HP Micro server that lots of people are having good success with as ESXi hosts. (Which officially supports only 8 gigs max of RAM)

Anyone running some flavor of Linux on this board? Any issues with speed or drivers?

I'd like to replace my dead Dell Dimension E520 MB (BTX Form Factor) with this (Mini ITX Form Factor), but have some concerns. Like would MB mounting holes match Dell case standoffs? And what about power connector? Do audio & USB connections conform to any standard?

Just from photos, I can see the back plane isn't the same as the Dell (hacksaw needed?). Could this become a big can of worms? Thanks for any expert input.

Awesome deal, nice find Op! Purchased one...then went back for a spare, even at $69 its a nice deal with the memory.

BTX's have the opposite orientation (not upside down orientation) so the back panel probably wouldn't even line up.

I wouldn't bother, go get a BTX board or start over...

UKtour said:   I'd like to replace my dead Dell Dimension E520 MB (BTX Form Factor) with this (Mini ITX Form Factor), but have some concerns. Like would MB mounting holes match Dell case standoffs? And what about power connector? Do audio & USB connections conform to any standard?

Just from photos, I can see the back plane isn't the same as the Dell (hacksaw needed?). Could this become a big can of worms? Thanks for any expert input.

I'm runnning ubuntu 12.10 with a MSI E350 itx.
ATI driver fglrx doesn't work well with unity, nor gnome. XBMC is not yet ready.
I have upgraded to ubuntu 12.10. ATI fglrx is not working, even after reinstallation. Gnome mplayer can play video, but no audio. VLC can play both, but very slow. But it seems totem works well with the VESA:WRESLER driver. i'm usinng totem to play 1080p at my e350 htpc.

Someone said ATI fglrx works well with Kbuntu. I gonna try it later.

ir0nw0lf said:   Anyone running some flavor of Linux on this board? Any issues with speed or drivers?

Ya, I read the reviews but most of the people who post the reviews on the egg are schmexperts. Who knows if they actually loaded the AHCI driver during OS install, tried to overclock etc.

I also found a WEI snap shot:

http://www.servethehome.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Zacate-Wi...

Also I got this with the intention of matching up the ram with another set that was $30 a couple of weeks ago for a 16GB machine elswhere.

Chuck101 said:   Tempted but reviews are not inspiring. Maxes out at 16 gigs ram. This could be a good alternative to the AMD based HP Micro server that lots of people are having good success with as ESXi hosts. (Which officially supports only 8 gigs max of RAM)

Any promo codes to make this a better deal?
I tried using this EMCYTZT2520, but it didn't work.
I guess that one is specific to the HDMI cable special that they have.

Neither has an active code, I tried last weeks ripjaws one...

ElGuache said:   Any promo codes to make this a better deal?
I tried using this EMCYTZT2520, but it didn't work.
I guess that one is specific to the HDMI cable special that they have.

Yes, this is an excellent choice for good quality HTPC with lowbudget and low power CPU (18Watts). Last summer I built a HTPC with MSI Zcate mini ITX board with 4gb ram, USB ATSC TV tuner & 100gb HD (I have a 2tb NAS with my media) and Wesena ITX6 case and slot in bluray drive. It cost little above $200 (Except Motherboard and case, rest all are from Craigslist). But it is working like champ. I use it for all my media needs (1080P video playing from NAS, Netflix streaming, DVR) and basic browsing.

MicroCenter's current flyer has the same price for this board. I agree no free ram. I will check with them to see if they can match Newegg's RAM add-on. Eventhough they charge tax, MC's 30day returns are less hassle, no restocking fee.

Wow, this is really tempting. I've got a power-sucking HTPC running on 60+ watts that I leave on almost 24/7. It's a quad-core AMD so it's overpowered, but we do use it as a 'desktop' occasionally even though it's hooked up to the tv.

the problem with this thing is that there are no case for it. it doesn't come with one.

can someone recommend a PSU for this combo.

TIA!

fatxman said:   the problem with this thing is that there are no case for it. it doesn't come with one.There are cases for it, but in general you need to pay for them. You can also use a standard ATX case if you have an old case laying around. Here is a review of a few Mini ITX cases:

Just so nobody freeks out they charge you twice, $30 for the board and $39.99 for the ram. They also ship them seperately for some reason.

ITX cases I use without added video cards :

http://www.directron.com/pi01sb.html $39.99 1st choice, fits DVD

http://www.frys.com/product/6145869 $39.99 Use external DVD, fits DVD but only w/integrated CPU/FAN


If you are going to add a video card, use this :

http://www.buy.com/prod/cooler-master-elite-120-advanced-ultra-s...

SCRacer said:   can someone recommend a PSU for this combo.

TIA!
Usually, the case comes with the PSU. Otherwise, you should be able to get by with less than a nonintegrated mobo + CPU.

SithMaster said:   Just so nobody freeks out they charge you twice, $30 for the board and $39.99 for the ram. They also ship them seperately for some reason.

ITX cases I use without added video cards :

http://www.directron.com/pi01sb.html $39.99 1st choice

http://www.frys.com/product/6145869 $39.99


If you are going to add a video card, use this :

http://www.buy.com/prod/cooler-master-elite-120-advanced-ultra-s...
The one at directron looks nice.

Most if not all of those cases are pretty pricey...

cattlet said:   fatxman said:   the problem with this thing is that there are no case for it. it doesn't come with one.There are cases for it, but in general you need to pay for them. You can also use a standard ATX case if you have an old case laying around. Here is a review of a few Mini ITX cases:

They have an all black also but you'll have to look for it.

cattlet said:   SithMaster said:   Just so nobody freeks out they charge you twice, $30 for the board and $39.99 for the ram. They also ship them seperately for some reason.

ITX cases I use without added video cards :

http://www.directron.com/pi01sb.html $39.99 1st choice

http://www.frys.com/product/6145869 $39.99


If you are going to add a video card, use this :

http://www.buy.com/prod/cooler-master-elite-120-advanced-ultra-s...
The one at directron looks nice.

here

Newegg has several in the $49-69 range with psu

Tried that one, the Directron one is 50x better! This the same space/height problem as the Raidmax...

JamesD1343 said:   here

Newegg has several in the $49-69 range with psu

This is a micro-ATX/mini-ITX case with a 300W PSU. I am using it with an FM1 board and a quad-core CPU in my HTPC.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811208051

Edit: Yes, it takes one standard 3.5" HDD and one standard 5.25" DVD/Bluray internal drive.

I have an 80GB Intel SSD in mine (just sitting where the HDD would go, not even screwed in, and then with a DVD-RW.

Edit: It is limited to half-height cards though. Don't plan on using the mic/headphone jacks either. The wiring ends in a non-standard set of connectors, that do no match up with the HD Audio pinout of modern mobos.

Does this have room for an optical drive ? I like how the power supply is up front but I think I would have to tape those wires up.

VirtuaL said:   This is a micro-ATX/mini-ITX case with a 300W PSU. I am using it with an FM1 board and a quad-core CPU in my HTPC.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811208051

The black Xion mini itx case has a $10 rebate and free shipping. It is $29.99 after the rebate. It comes with a 300 watt power supply
Link

How this deal compares to the FP one

"Foxconn Mini/Booksize Barebone System: AMD Dual Core E-350 1.6GHz, Radeon HD 6310 w/ HDMI, WiFi N + 64GB OCZ Agility 4 Solid State Drive (SSD) $110 after $10 rebate"

of last month?

Seems like that one has included the memery also, and the Harddrive and Case/PSU. Let alone the gift 64GB SSD.

This deal has almost the same hardware specs with that deal.

Any comments? Is it a better deal than that or not?

Thanks.

Link ?

qliang1 said:   How this deal compares to the FP one

"Foxconn Mini/Booksize Barebone System: AMD Dual Core E-350 1.6GHz, Radeon HD 6310 w/ HDMI, WiFi N + 64GB OCZ Agility 4 Solid State Drive (SSD) $110 after $10 rebate"

of last month?

Seems like that one has included the memery also, and the Harddrive and Case/PSU. Let alone the gift 64GB SSD.

This deal has almost the same hardware specs with that deal.

Any comments? Is it a better deal than that or not?

Thanks.

sorry to confuse. here's the link from SD, surely a exired one.

http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/81950/newegg-foxconn-minibooksize-barebone-system-amd-dual-core-e350-1.6ghz-radeon-hd-6310-w-hdmi-wifi-n-64gb-ocz-agility-4-solid-state-drive-ssd
SithMaster said:   Link ?

qliang1 said:   How this deal compares to the FP one

"Foxconn Mini/Booksize Barebone System: AMD Dual Core E-350 1.6GHz, Radeon HD 6310 w/ HDMI, WiFi N + 64GB OCZ Agility 4 Solid State Drive (SSD) $110 after $10 rebate"

of last month?

Seems like that one has included the memery also, and the Harddrive and Case/PSU. Let alone the gift 64GB SSD.

This deal has almost the same hardware specs with that deal.

Any comments? Is it a better deal than that or not?

Thanks.

How is this processor compared to an i3?

dmvee said:   How is this processor compared to an i3?

You should be comparing this processor with Intel Atom Dual core processor which is the similar line, not the I3. This very low end compared to I3.

What makes me think this is not a stellar deal is that it has been posted over 12 hours ago and still available.

It's much faster than an iPhone 3 !


dmvee said:   How is this processor compared to an i3?

It's not sold out for the same reason this is not sold out:

http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/hot-deals/1233457/

They have a boat load of 'em...

mistycoupon said:   What makes me think this is not a stellar deal is that it has been posted over 12 hours ago and still available.

SithMaster said:   It's not sold out for the same reason this is not sold out:

http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/hot-deals/1233457/

They have a boat load of 'em...

mistycoupon said:   What makes me think this is not a stellar deal is that it has been posted over 12 hours ago and still available.


Doubt it. Usually a hot item sells out in no time.

Ive got an old xpc itx computer sitting in my closet. I'll try and slip this in there for an htpc. Think it has xp pro.

The memory makes it a nice deal but its tough to stomach that this CPU is no better than a 5 year old Turion in processing power.

Skipping 37 Messages...
Board fits this perfect, I've had it running video for 14 hours now and it's at 39c.


SithMaster said:   Found a case for you folks that got this for $35.99 F/S with 250w power supply !!!

http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/hot-deals/1236200/



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