With XP support set to stop and new adds to PCC (Kinects) requiring Windows 7 as a minimum I realized my HP Thin Client needed a replacement.
Searching E-bay I looked for a low power PC something upgradable to win7.
Many options were way out of my budget Including the Asus Eee Box
However I found one that seemed to good a deal not to place a bid on and was shocked to win.
This comes with a 80 gig hd and 1 gig of memory both of which are upgradeable.
Having a old laptop laying around the memory upgrade was easy once I figured out how to open the case. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvwuUdrnH60
I plan to replace the HD with a SSD of comparable size If I can find one cheep enough.
That should make it faster and quieter.
Although this does have a fan (on the CPU) it is relatively silent. However I'm thinking about adding a larger heat sink removing the fan which will reduce power consumption.
This unit will eventually be setup at my off grid place and serve a multi function roll of Home Automation and web media streamer running Windows 7.