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VIA Epia-P820 Pico-ITX Board Is Perfect Base for Minuscule 64-Bit Home Theater Center

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I want to spend two weeks working with the new fan-less, VIA EPIA-P820 pico-ITX board—with full 64-bit support—and matching VIA Amos-3001 chassis to create a full HD home theater in my car. Thankfully, I don't have a car.

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But it's a perfect base for a custom home theater in any case. The board has a 1.2GHz U2500 VIA Nano processor with 2GB of DDR2 system memory, a VIA VX855 Media System Processor—which can decode any 1080p codec you can throw at it—and a VIA Chrome9™ HCM 3D integrated graphics core with full DirectX 9.0 support.

The best thing is that this 10 x 7.2-centimeter board fits perfectly in the aluminum VIA Amos-3001 chassis, alongside a I/O daughter board with HDMI, VGA, Gigabit LAN and two USB 2.0 ports. The whole packaged is capable of outputting DTS audio through S/PDIF, and connect to an additional four USB ports, IDE, and Serial ATA.

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question, how fast is internet in the US? i mean all you guys talk about how feasible a HTPC is, with software like Miro and XBMC, to download and keep episodes ready when you want them

BUT how really fast is the internet? i mean how many tv episodes (~600mb) can you normally "have ready to watch" by the time you come home from work (pc running all the time always downloading)?

a. i have only 1 episode ready to watch when i get home

b. more than 2.

c. more than 5