The only thing that is missing from this is a CD/DVD Player that you only need once to install the operating system. Once the OS is installed and the internet is configured you will no longer need a CD/DVD bay drive, so we did not include it in the shopping list.
And of course you will need a Monitor. That is beyond the scope of this article but it goes without saying that you can purchase any LCD or Plasma monitor as all new monitors support VGA and DVI computer inputs.
So, we are excited and we think you should be too. You now got yourself a killer Media Player for $279.00 and our software (the SignagePlayer) is so inexpensive its practically free.
Putting the PC together is a snap and since the case is a Micro ATX it can be installed behind most LCD monitors. The case also comes with a Key-lock ring and Kensington lock hole support so you may protect the case. The case can be installed vertically to stand up as a tower or as horizontally like a desktop. It comes pre built with a quiet power supply so its a match made in heaven.
Here are the dimensions for the Micro ATX case:
So size should not be an issue at all. The motherboard already has built in LAN and Sound board. You may want to add a wireless network interface card if you wish to reduce the wiring you need to run to each Media Player, but that’s optional.
And if you want to be able to watch live TV feed, connect external DVD or satellite / cable, be sure to add a capture card ( click here to read our Capture card article ). Note that you will need a bit deeper computer case if you plan on installing the PCI tuner card; for the USB tuner board you do not.
Now, if you are willing to compromise quality and speed, you may be able to save about $100.00 and build a Media Player for about $200.00, but we recommend better hardware for improved performance and smoother signage playback.
Below you will find some images of the Mini ATX case. Note that if this case is out of stock,
Newegg.com have many (over 20) Micro ATX cases, so you can always pick a different one.
Simply do a search in Newegg.com for Micro ATX case and you will have a great selection to choose from.
Enjoy our inexpensive Digital Signage solution.