Shuttle XPC SB65G2 as HTPC

Discussion in 'Shuttle' started by Eugene Zhang, May 3, 2004.

  1. Eugene Zhang

    Eugene Zhang Guest

    Hi experts,

    I am setting my eyes on a Shutttle XPC SB65G2 barebone PC
    and planning to build a HTPC on top of it. The configuration is
    going to be P4 2.8C, 512 MB DDR400, 160 GB WD HD,
    and a ATI AIW 7500.

    My goal is use this box to record TV shows periodically. And use
    it as music/file server. I want to keep the unit on all the time.

    I have the following questions:
    1. Is it okay to leave it on all the time just like people do to their
    desktop PCs?
    2. How good is the onboard WIFI? Should I purchase a separate
    USB 11g card to improve the performance? Is it reliable(no interruption)
    to serve all network traffic wirelessly?
    3. Any comments on the noise level? Can I put it behind a cabinet door
    to reduce the noise?

    Thanks in advance for all you help,
    Eugene Zhang, May 3, 2004
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  2. Eugene Zhang

    Clas Mehus Guest

    Should be a problem.
    Well, even .11g is still quite slow compared to cabled network. Theory
    is 54 Mbps -- if you get the half you should be happy. Havn't had any
    trouble so far with the Shuttle .11b USB-unit, but not used it too
    Here you have a little problem. Getting a Shuttle-model with the new
    SilentX-powersupplies will be better. Thus, still these models* are
    quite noisy (* based on my experince with the ST61G4). If low noise is
    important, you can look at the ST62K "Zen" -- thus, this have no
    AGP-slot and no default WLAN. A new silver-model came now and look
    better than the original white box.

    I have sevral SFF-systems running, and reviewed even more. My personal
    favorite at the moment is the IWill IMax. It's also based on the 865G
    and have a 250W internal PSU. I really like the technical design, and
    it's almost as silent as the Zen, but in so many ways better. The IMax
    can be delivered with .11b as standard, and in addition have 2 NIC
    (10/100 and 10/100/1000). It also has an external S-ATA-connector --
    are now starting to see hdd-housings with S-ATA-interface. You get the
    same performance as installing the drive internaly.

    The IMax might not be as good looking exterior as many of the
    Shuttle-units, but it is very nice inside. It also uses a
    heatpipe-based CPU-cooler-solution, and two fans side by side cool
    both PSU, CPU and the unit. A memorycard-reader is also standard.

    Don't think there is too much info out on the web yet on the IWill
    IMax. If you drop me an e-mail I can mail you some images of the Imax
    interior and more.
    Clas Mehus, May 3, 2004
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