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  1. Hi,I've lost the overview on what processor, board and memory there are.
    I'd like to get an Mini PC / SHuttle / mini ITX for space-saving reason.
    It would be 80% for surfing / office and 20% photo and video editing (for homevideos made with my playsport zx5).
    So it should be able to run something like tmepge mastering 5 and/or sony vegas.

    I thought on something like an
    .) Zotac ZBOXSD-ID14
    .) an system with AMD E-350, about 4 (or 8) GB RAM and an SSD with 120GB.
    .) AMD A6 5400K, 2x3,6GHz ASrock FM2A75M, 4GB DDR3 RAM
    .) ASrock Atom DualCore 2x1.86HGz, D2550 AMD, 4GB DDR3, 120GB SSD

    But are these nettops able to fulfill my requirements??

    Sorry, for my terrible english

    thanks for advice



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    The CPUs used in nettops are OK for watching some kinds of video or web-surfing, but a nettop is not a great choice for editing HD video. This is especially true if the video will be completely re-encoded by the editor or if you need to convert from one video standard to another (from H.264 to MPEG-2 for authoring a DVD, as an example). The CPUs are just not powerful enough for these tasks to be completed in a reasonable amount of time and the tiny cases and poor ventilation make it more likely that the CPU will overheat if it is running at near 100% for a long period of time.
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    I wouldn't recommend a ITX PC. They are just too slow for most editing or encoding and will struggle with playback of MKV or high definition video. Same with a netbook. I have both a ITX and a netbook. The netbook is handy for travel, but it can't handle HD video. The ITX can barely handle it if it has a good video card. But it's a strain.

    Better would be a Micro-ATX motherboard with on board video. I have a HTPC with a AMD A6-3500 APU with on chip video and it does surprisingly well with encoding and playback for a three core CPU. And it's very lower power, so you can use a small case and it still runs cool. I use a Gigabyte GA-A75M-D2H motherboard with it.

    Depending on what operating system you use, 4GB of RAM with a 32bit system is a good choice. I'd recommend 8GB RAM for a 64bit system. You can use Linux if you want to save some money on the OS.

    You don't really need a SSD for a boot drive. It will speed up boot and program launch, but really won't help that much for playback, editing or encoding. I would instead use two hard drives, one with a small partition for boot and the rest for data. The second drive for data. This is with a small PC case. More room, three hard drives, one small for boot, two larger for data.

    Here's a link to a small PC I put together for a relative. Not much bigger than a ITX PC, but it performs pretty well. It would be even better with the A6 APU and motherboard.
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    For those who build their own PCs there are ITX motherboards that can use standard multi-core CPUs. A system like that could handle the load for HD video editing, but using a really tiny case would still be a problem. Very small cases are difficult to work in, don't allow good air circulation and don't have room for fans that are large enough to provide effective cooling. ...and ITX motherboards are a bit more expensive than a MATX board with similar features.
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    I am still "old school" in the believe that a full desktop is still the premium choice for "plumbing work" in video such as encoding, editing, capturing, even burning, etc. Anything else sounds silly to me for high performance of such tasks. (Now we can edit photo/video on a phone - a complete joke.)

    They told us 10 years ago that the desktop was going to be obsolete by, say, 2006-ish.

    Why were they wrong? One reason is indeed cooling.

    And I will stress the importance of cooling, which is ever more important for such CPU intensive "plumbing work", and still today overlooked by many. A machine that lacks in proper cooling, depending on the chip and architecture, will either crash or slow down to prevent being a fire hazard, or will BE a fire hazard, or will melt something inside.

    You can still get something else for the 80% you mentioned, but I still say, without a full desktop for your other 20%, you will be severly lacking without proper cooling. I hate to break it to you, but most of us here have more than one computer, for dedicated stand-alone demanding tasks, and others free for not-so-demanding tasks.
    Been away for a while and busy with work the last few months so I had no time for forums. My apologies for any emails I couldn't get to in time - missed you all! :-)
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  6. MANY thanks for all the replys and the time you all took just before christmas!

    I'm going to build the system the AMD-A6 system, as it seems to be an pretty "best choice" for surfing and some video editing AND costs!

    once more: thanks an MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!!!
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