[mythtv-users] The $99 frontend is here. Is this too good to be true?

Robert McNamara robert.mcnamara at gmail.com
Wed Feb 4 16:54:08 UTC 2009

On Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 8:46 AM, Steve Peters - Priority Electronics
<steve at priorityelectronics.com> wrote:
> The following link is a company on ebay selling a 1.8ghz Pentium M system
> with 1gb ram and 2gb compact flash memory for the hard drive in a complete
> mini itx system that measures 13" by 11" by 3" and it's all only $99 with
> free shipping....Includes power supply and everything.
> What am I missing here. How is this company to do this for only $99.00? Or
> is this the best deal you ever heard of? They seem to have very good ebay
> reviews.
> http://cgi.ebay.com/Mini-ITX-1-8GHz-iGoLogic-i3368G-LF-CPU-HTPC-Computer_W0Q
> QitemZ220354063431QQcmdZViewItemQQptZDesktop_PCs?hash=item220354063431&_trks
> id=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1234|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A1
> |293%3A1|294%3A50
> -Steve
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They're liquidators.  They purchase hardware from companies going out
of business or falling upon hard times for pennies on the dollar, and
resell it.

It's also below average processorwise, memorywise, and diskwise (2 GB
CF) and still using a bookcase format case (which are often used for
Micro ATX motherboards).  It'd probably make a fairly slick SD
frontend (or ultimately a decent VDPAU frontend w/ the addition of a
PCI nvidia card), but IMO the SD ship has sailed-- I'd rather get an
Atom board and get more power, smaller form factor, and drastically
reduced power consumption.


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