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HTPC - Kodi box

Discussion in 'Small Form Factor' started by K_C, Feb 27, 2017.

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  1. K_C

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    Joined: Jun 20, 2006

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    Any suggestions to build a half decent HTPC/Kodi Box from scratch? ...

    No particular budget, only factor is low noise so not looking for big GPU with a big fan but still 4K if possible ??

    Holy grail would be a totally ambient cooled rig if at all possible!
     
  2. ZXSpectrum

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    Joined: Oct 20, 2002

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    Location: Derby

    If you are not bothered about games then you cant go wrong with an Intel Nuc, the latest spec ones use Kabylake which has addition, off cpu encoding for 4K, even on the low end ones.

    Another alternative would be a ShieldTV. They are supposed to be excellent in running Kodi. :)
     
  3. K_C

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    Nice little pc's the NUCs, there's a few little custom pre built boxes around but not many, fancy building my own though, hopefully with ambient cooling.
     
  4. Wingsgb

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    The DNK-H mimi pc is a nice small build. Can also just get the case on its own
     
  5. hrockh

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    +1 on the Shield TV. If your aim is to just run Kodi, this would be the best solution :)
     
  6. samcat

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    Have run Kodi on a NUC, works very very well.. These days we run it on a Fire TV box (v2), works very well!
     
  7. HoneyBadger

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    Yup, exactly the same here! Went from a Brix to 2x Firesticks!
     
  8. Begbie

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    I've just set one up on a Pi3, it works fine. Not sure if it would handle 4K though, very doubtful.
     
  9. samcat

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    The only time I have had an issue is when the internet was down, it wouldnt work... And that was the EXACT time we needed it, as we wanted to play home media rather than streaming.... Infrequent issue, but was enough to result in an grumpy 3 year old!
     
  10. mikedigitales

    Gangster

    Joined: Sep 7, 2012

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    Location: West Sussex

    I've used BeeBox and NUCs for Kodi and media playback around the house. The Beeboxes are my favourite as they have IR on the front with a little basic remote included in the box, also have both msata and 2.5mm sata.
     
  11. Shivy011

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    I am running OSMC on Pi2 and Pi3 also but they don't output 4K over the HDMI
     
  12. maj

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    Joined: Jul 19, 2010

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    Likes of NUC and shield overkill for just Kodi imo. An alternative to the Pi 3 is the Odroid C2. Better specs (supports 4K) and very similar price it just doesn't have the following or development that the Raspberry Pi foundation does. The choice of course is yours. Install something like LibreELEC and you're all set.
     
  13. wywywywy

    Gangster

    Joined: Mar 27, 2012

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    So do you have an Odroid C2? Could you tell us how well it supports HDMI-CEC please?

    The only reason I'm considering the Raspberry Pi 3 (other than the price) is that it has very good support for HDMI-CEC.
     
  14. maj

    Wise Guy

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    I don't sorry but I know there are people in the official Kodi thread on here that do who would be able to answer your question. I was all set to get one over the Pi 3 as the specs are so much better but in the end I ended up getting a Xiaomi Mi box as a test and have been pretty pleased so far.
     
  15. wywywywy

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    Joined: Mar 27, 2012

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    No worries. I might get one to try anyway, and if it doesn't work out I can just make it a retropi box.
     
  16. GWANGY

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    Start with the Case and work inwards .. some very nice small cases around
     


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