Steambox preview

Recently, due to compatibility issues, I had to return a drive for a refund at Newegg. Since it was so far after the purchase date, I was given store credit.

On the other side, I’ve been working with a Raspberry Pi computer to set up as a streaming machine. I have a B version of the original, which is no where as powerful as the new Raspberry Pi 2. In addition, it took a lot of tinkering to get it to run as I wished.

Between these two items I decided to use my $180 store credit to build a micro atx streaming machine. It actually came out to $155 and consists of the following parts. Pictures and build coming next week!

I already have 16gb of low voltage Samsung ddr3 laying around (also known as Magic Ram due to its insane overclockability)

This is the case/PSU combo I went with. the LOGISYS Computer CS6801BK Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 350W Power Supply , http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-148-068

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It will fit in my entertainment center and will perfectly fit my parts. In addition it should be decent quality, yet runs at a decent price.

For storage, I went with the new to me, Silicon Power S60 3K P/E Cycle Toggle MLC 2.5″ 120GB 7mm SATA III 6Gb/s Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) , http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=0D9-0021-00005

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It isn’t quite at my goal price of 30 cents per gigabyte, but it was close and it is hard to hit that achievable goal at this size of disk.

For a combination of cpu, video and motherboard, I chose the ASRock Q1900M Intel Quad-Core Celeron Processor J1900 Micro ATX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo , http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-157-513

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This is a Celeron(!) quad core based micro atx board, with a fixed 2ghz cpu. It uses the cpu’s on-board video to drive at least 1080p. Combined with my other parts, this should work excellently.

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