Updated 20 Jun, 2013, 1:21 pm IST
Build Your Own Nettop
| by Anand Tuliani
Nettops are ideal for home/office users and students who need a PC mainly for office productivity suite and Internet browsing. But if you need more computer power and storage space for tasks such as image editing and watching full HD movies, you’d want something more powerful.
There isn’t yet a nettop out there which has a dual-core processor, more than 2 GB of RAM and a capacious hard drive. The only way to get such a powerful nettop is building it yourself. Imagine a Tiffin box-sized PC that can play full HD videos and movies streamed from a remote PC over the Wi-fi network. Not to mention, you can also surf the Internet on your HDTV while relaxing on your couch. Components for building nettops have recently become more prominent on shelves because of user demand. Here’s the list of components that we feel is the best for building a powerful Intel Atom-based nettop at home.
Motherboard and CPU
Sound and LAN
Prices of DDR2 memory have fallen and it’s a good time to pick up a pair of modules. Considering the resource utilization of Windows Vista and the upcoming Windows 7, 4 GB of RAM is the least that you should consider for your PC to run smoothly. Two sticks of 2 GB Kingston DDR2-800 should be good for our PC. Also you can rest assured for 5-years as Kingston offers robust warranty and support.
The choice of hard drive depends on how much space you need for storing your music and movies, and how much you download. But note that you’ll need a 2.5-inch hard drive because this PC is really tiny. Currently 320 GB and 500 GB SATA drives offer the best price per GB (around Rs. 10.50). A 320 GB should be capacious enough and affordable for anyone.
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