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    Can someone suggest a low cost minipc for a vortexbox install?

  • #2
    Try and find a suitable Thin Client PC. My VB runs on 10Zig 5817 machine. eBay is a good source for this type of machines. You will have to add an external USB drive and possibly another one for backups.

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    • #3
      This is a good one.

      https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...9SIA85V4R41803

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      • #4
        If you really want to go small and are only looking to run LMS then consider a RaspberryPi3 running Picoreplayer with LMS enabled. The is as minimal as you can get. Its doesn't provide you with a full VB but it does give you an LMS server.

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        • #5
          PiCore on the Raspberry Pi is very good...so far just using it as a player in the TV room...you can enable LMS, but I currently have no need for this feature because I have a 2.4 Vorty machine working quite nicely .. setup and build is pretty straight-forward
          Raspberry Pi audio player for your Squeezebox system

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          • #6
            Agreed. PiCore on the Raspberry Pi is absolutely excellent. 100% solid, never fails. I've also enabled the LMS option on PiCore and it works well for modest collections

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            • #7
              What are your plans for the Server? As in 500 MP3s or 6TB of FLAC? How much storage space do you need and is it also going to do Videos running something like Plex? For Servers that don't need more then 2TB of storage, I like using the Intel NUC units. Nice small 4 by 4 by 2 inch footprint! Let use know what your plans are so we can really help give good advice.

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              • #8
                I have built several VBoxes for friends and family using a Silvertone ML05 - https://www.silverstonetek.com/produ...id=411&area=en, a cheap miniITX motherboard and a Pentium processor with the cheapest 4GB RAM , a cheap 120GB SDD for systemand an 8TB disk and a Pico Power Supply - http://www.mini-box.com/picoPSU-160-XT.

                Has the power to run Plex and Squeezebox server.

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                • #9
                  I've built four vortexboxes from CompuLab fit-pcs. http://www.fit-pc.com/web/products/fitlet/ is their most recent line. All started as barebone machines, add your own RAM and storage. Very small, fanless, run cool (get the heatsink, always, it's fifteen USD), and never a problem with any of them. They can serve Plex video without any trouble at all.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jet_silver View Post
                    I've built four vortexboxes from CompuLab fit-pcs. http://www.fit-pc.com/web/products/fitlet/ is their most recent line. All started as barebone machines, add your own RAM and storage. Very small, fanless, run cool (get the heatsink, always, it's fifteen USD), and never a problem with any of them. They can serve Plex video without any trouble at all.

                    Built a Vortexbox from a Fit-PC2 years ago, that was a nice little unit, problem is cost with them. An Intel NUC is so much cheaper in the States then Fit or Filet, plus even smaller and cheaper are the Raspberry Pi3s! After building several RPi3s, if one doesn't need a full blown Media Server due to Music/Video Library Size or program demands (raw server horsepower for multiple tasks and streams), RPi3 is hands down the way to go. It wins in every category, Size, Cost, Efficiency, Usability, Versatility, and ease of build IMHO.

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                    • #11
                      https://www.ebay.com/itm/MSI-MS-6676...-/173107460063

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