So here’s a thought. If the Intel Atom processor is being pushed to the desktop, why can’t people buy and build one of their own? Apparently, you can buy one of these tiny CPUs and build your own low-power desktop PC for cheap.
Rising Sun Computers is selling a set of Atom CPU and an Intel motherboard for Php3,000 a pop.
Specs of the Intel BLKD945GCLF Little Falls motherboard and Atom combo include:
Intel Atom 230 (1.6GHz)
1 x 240-pin DDR2 SDRAM Dual Inline Memory Module (supports up to 2GB RAM)
Intel GMA950 on-board graphics
Mini-ITX (compatible wiht micro-ITX) form factor
6 USB 2.0 ports
2 Serial ATA
Realtek Sound and LAN support
No built-in WiFi or Bluetooth in sight (so you need USB dongles for them) but at Php3,000, this Atom+Mobo combination is priced really good.
All you need now is a really small casing to house this mobo and you’re all set. That makes you wonder why the Asus Eee Box costs Php24,900.