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    Recommend me a small, cheap, PC to run some digital signage

    Recommend me a small, cheap PC to run some digital signage...

    We are about to put a digital signage system into our new building and we need a PC to run it. It doesn't have to be compatible with our CC3 network as we are running XIBO.

    We have a Pi running our staffroom signage, but that is just pictures, this one needs to be able to do more than the Pi can, hence the need for PC.

    My first thought was an Acer Veriton, but these seem to be much more expensive than I remember them being! It needs to be small and Vesa mountable above a suspended ceiling. Additionally we don't have RDP capability, so thin client is not an option.

    'Elp

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    Intel NUC, they come in ridiculous configurations (i5, Celeron etc) - All including HDMI/DisplayPort

    Oh and it comes with VESA mount

    (Word of warning - they come without HDD and RAM - they take a mSATA HDD and DDR3 Laptop RAM)
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    I've got some HP USDTs that might fit the bill?

    Drop me a PM and I'll get you some options

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    What about an ultra small form factor machine like an Intel NUC? You may even have the parts hanging around to complete it, so saving a bit there too.

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    Look at something using the Gigabyte E350N motherboard.

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    in @SovietRussia 0 divides by you.

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    I'm doing exactly what you want to achieve using some Asus EeeBox EB1035 units (these: Asus EB1035 B002M Eee Box Desktop PC / Intel Celeron 847 / 2GB / 320GB / Windows 8 / 1 Year Collect and Return Warranty (EB1035-B002M) - www.misco.co.uk)

    I 'downgraded' them to Windows 7, did some tweaks to prevent sleeping etc, installed Xibo client and its good to go.

    They have a useful BIOS 'power on time' setting which I use to put them on at 7.30 each morning and then kill them off at 6pm with a scheduled task. They come on every day, so at the weekends I have another scheduled task to kill them at 7.35.

    It works well for us so far.

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    @Oaktech Did you ever find a suitable Unit? I am looking into this now.

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    We bought a dc7900 to use, but the powers that be have changed their mind and the screens are no longer signage, they show sky sports!

    With hindsight, I should have just bought an Intel NUC!

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    I've got a few ultra-small form factor DC7900s here that you can have at a good price

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTDirect_Dave View Post
    I've got a few ultra-small form factor DC7900s here that you can have at a good price
    Yes, Yes you do...

    The only reason I suggest an intel NUC is the HDMI port.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTDirect_Dave View Post
    I've got a few ultra-small form factor DC7900s here that you can have at a good price
    Could you PM me with the details please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oaktech View Post
    Yes, Yes you do...

    The only reason I suggest an intel NUC is the HDMI port.

    But the cost.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by vortex999 View Post
    But the cost.....
    The new Bay Trail NUC is significantly cheaper.

    http://www.tranquilpcshop.co.uk/dn2820fykh/

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