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Everex gPC mini $359

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by wardmundy, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. wardmundy Nerd Uno

    Well, Everex is back with a vengeance. And NewEgg has the new core duo system that looks like a Mac mini or an Apple TV. It's sale priced at $359. Should be perfect for the VPN in a Flash remote office. Intel Core Duo T2450 (2.0GHz) with 2GB of RAM, 160GB SATA drive, DVD-ROM/DVD-RAM/DVD+/-RW Drive, BlueTooth, wired LAN and WiFi. Remember to set up your eBates account through our link and save 2% + $5 at NewEgg. Includes free shipping.

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    Source: Nerd Vittles
  2. hkgonra Guru

    I wonder if they will release one with no os ?
    Should be even cheaper.
  3. wardmundy Nerd Uno

    You'd think so. But this is a pretty sweet price. Everex sells a similar unit with Linux, a slower processor, a smaller hard disk, and 25% of the RAM for $120 more. :crazy:
  4. phinphan Member

  5. hmonroe New Member

    I too was thinking of this MSI Wind unit for PBIAF. I'm looking for something small and low power for home. I don't want to burn up a lot of power running a computer 24x7 for phone service. Need to add RAM, 2.5 inch HD & Bluetooth
  6. wardmundy Nerd Uno

    Just a heads up that NewEgg has a few open box editions on sale this weekend for $299. This is by far the best (non)Atom-based PC we've found. Construction quality easily matches the Mac mini. Better hurry.
  7. lrandall New Member

    Does anyone know if the open box model includes a power supply? I'd hate to have to run down accessories for the unit.
  8. wardmundy Nerd Uno

    If it doesn't say it's missing, it'll be included. It's shown in the writeup:

    AC Adapter
    65W (20V@3.25A) Auto sensing external AC Adapter (100-240V~1.5A, 50-60Hz)
  9. lrandall New Member

    Thanks. Just ordered one.
  10. wardmundy Nerd Uno

    Yikes! It's back for real now, but... $489.99
  11. hraynor Guru

    Note: This box is NOT ATom based. Its Core Duo based.

    Which frankly, should make it a lot faster than an Atom (even a dual core Atom).

    The Atom processors currently out (to my knowledge) are all 1.6 GHz, and are more like a "souped up" Pentium processor (built on more advanced manufacturing techniques) than a Core Duo. Which is why they consume FAR less power. ie: a single core Atom (CPU only) consumes about 4 W of power (FOUR) and dual around 8 W. (its the Intel 945 chipset responsible for the board overall going much higher).

    At the moment, there are only 3 Atom processors available, and all MUST be purchased with a motherboard (I believe they're all soldered in). These are:

    Atom 230 - single core 1.6 GHz - designed for desktops/nettops.

    Atom 330 - DUAL core 1.6 GHz - designed for desktops/nettops

    Atom 270 - SINGLE core 1.6 GHz - designed for notebooks/netbooks

    And supposedly an Atom 280 is coming out shortly - again for notebooks, its a tad faster (barely) at around 1.65 GHz (if I remember correctly), and I think is more tied to a new chipset.

    The 230 and 330 come on boards today with one chipset choise - the INtel 945GC which consumes a bunch of power by comparison.

    The 270 typically comes with the Intel GMA 950 chipset.

    I did see a few higher priced machines out there with the Z520 or whatever AToms (1.33 GHz and 1.6, all single core), can't remember the difference here, but these aren't the mainstream Atoms.

    Just wanted to clarify. The Everex machine mentioned should probably spank up on an Atom quite handily I would guess.
  12. abject New Member

    A couple of ~$200 alternatives

    My sweet spot is around 200 bucks. Here are two that I've been mulling over:

    1. MSI Wind-based - $193 + Tax and Shipping, Atom 230 + 2Gb + 80GB sata (and has a CF slot), "some assembly required", from Newegg:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856167032
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820208341
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148231

    2. Or - I really like this one - from Axiontech, assembled
    $230 + Tax & ship - add $14.95 to have them test it before shipping - dual core Atom 330 + 2GB RAM + 80GB SATA + Slim CD/DVD/R/RW
    http://axiontech.com/prdt.php?item=75242

    Note: I think the $14.95 for testing is probably a good deal; otherwise, you, the buyer, have to troubleshoot and RMA the components, piece-by-piece, if there's a problem.

    I've dealt with Axiontech a few times in the past, and found them "Newegg-like". But, according to ResellerRatings, http://www.resellerratings.com/store/AxionTech_6#reviews , a few people have had problems lately with out-of-stock and RMAs.

    - Larry.
  13. wolfeman New Member

    What is the best install for this? I tried a regular install but it keeps failing when starting xwindows.
    -Scott
  14. wardmundy Nerd Uno

    /etc/X11/xorg.conf

    Add an xorg.conf file like the following in /etc/X11:

    HTML:
    # Xorg configuration created by system-config-display
    
    Section "ServerLayout"
        Identifier     "Default Layout"
        Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
        InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier  "Keyboard0"
        Driver      "kbd"
        Option        "XkbModel" "pc105"
        Option        "XkbLayout" "us"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Device"
        Identifier  "Videocard0"
        Driver      "vesa"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
        Identifier "Screen0"
        Device     "Videocard0"
        DefaultDepth     8
        SubSection "Display"
            Viewport   0 0
            Depth     8
        EndSubSection
        SubSection "Display"
        Depth 8
        Modes "800x600"
        EndSubSection
    EndSection
    
    
  15. wolfeman New Member

    Thanks. But what is failing is when I do a PBIAF install and centos launches xwindows for the install for its prompts.
  16. wardmundy Nerd Uno

    Sorry. I thought you were using the Atomic Flash installer. For the regular PIAF install, use the ksalt install option which is non-graphical.
  17. wolfeman New Member

    Worked perfect, Thanks.
  18. wardmundy Nerd Uno

    Open Box $359

    NewEgg has some more of these as open box closeouts. I'd have to say that, for home use, this system is near perfect. Very quiet, fast, and runs the Skype add-on flawlessly. You can try our gPC mini out by calling nerdvittles from any Skype phone.

    See the first post for how to save some additional money. Price includes free shipping.
  19. nojstevens Member

    They are for sale at newegg open box right now for $134.99

    Jon
  20. nojstevens Member

    Sorry, my mistake - its the gPC2 for $134.99 not the mini.

    I have a spare Mac Mini (intel) has anyone installed PBX in a Flash on one of these?

    Jon

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