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Ive recently completed some cctv work at home and after a bit of umming and arring ive decided to manage my cameras via a PC instead of using a basic NVR..

 

The problem i face now is putting in a PC that takes up minimal space but also has expandability and generally cost plays a factor.

 

My current favorite is;

 

Antec ISK 300-150 Mini-ITX Case - Slightly larger so parts are readily available and a little bit more space to work with.. Disc slot could be changed to just have another disk inside.

http://www.pccasegea...oducts_id=14571

 

Although my original favorite was the Silverstone Petit PT12, Just with this unit being so thin poses factors of needing to get exact model parts.. The CPU cooler alone seems to be tricky to find in Australia..

 

http://www.pccasegea...27748&cPath=547

 

Anybody out there running a Mini-ITX board or any other kind of Tiny-Case?

 

 

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Have you considered using a NUC?

 

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1552&vk_sort=1

 

They usually come in 2 different sizes, with the larger one having room for a 2.5" HDD while the smaller being M-SATA SSD only.

You can upgrade the RAM and HDD in them, but not much else. What did you need to upgrade?

 

I set up a NUC for a friend a while ago and it was seamless.

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I don't really have to upgrade anything really.. i just like to future proof myself a bit..

 

Tottally forgot about them NUC things haha, Whats the real benefit of them over possibly building my own? All i can see that those machines come with is a motherboard and case...

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The benefit is they are a lot smaller than a Mini-ITX case because the motherboard is specifically designed to fit into that tiny case.

 

They are literally the size of your hand:

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On top of that, another big benefit is you know all the parts are going to fit together. You don't really know how all your chosen bits will go inside the Mini-ITX case until you build it. You could have issues with cables getting in the way, air flow problems etc.

 

If you got yourself a Core i7 model that should be all the future proofing you need, but if you are just monitoring CCTV then a Core i3 should be all you need.

 

For the rare times that you might need a CD drive, just get yourself a USB Disk drive:

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=658_789&vk_sort=1

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wow, that thing is TINY! which would suit my needs greatly.

 

The i3 would be more than enough, i don't plan on using it as a regular PC anyway, if anything i will load it up with XBMC and a remote to switch between Auto-Started Windows but the unit wont even have a kb/mouse attached.

 

Is this the same model which your holding?

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1552&products_id=25803

 

All i would really need extra is a 1TB 2.5" disk and off i go..

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Think i have my build sorted..

 

PCCG says $457 +freight so ill hunt around to see if i can find anybody local i can pickup possibly to save a few bucks, as PCCG is on the other side of town for me but i would like to have it on the same day :>

 

- Intel D34010WYKH NUC Barebone Kit

- Crucial 8GB (1x8GB) DDR3 1600MHz SODIMM

- Alogic AUS 3 Pin Wall to IEC C5 Male to Female 2m

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Is this the same model which your holding?

http://www.pccasegea...oducts_id=25803

 

That is the same model i was holding, but i had the i5.

Also, it does not have any room for a 2.5" hard disk, if you want that you will want one of these:

http://www.pccasegea...oducts_id=26697

 

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And if you still opt for one of the smaller cases, you will need to get an M-SATA hard drive like this one:

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_902_909&products_id=27042

Edited by Chappy

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Yehh i think ill skip the m-sata just need to wait till next month to buy the Kit now haha =D

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