The Other DIY £199 Boxee Box

You don't need to buy the Boxee box to get all the advantages of using the popular XMBC-based HTPC environment and we will show you how you can get a better system for the same price.

There's a little known device called the Foxconn NetBox-nT330i Nettop which is basically a tiny computer that is smaller than the Boxee and more powerful.

It comes with the Nvidia Ion, a dual core Intel Atom 330 processor clocked 1.6GHz, GbE, Wireless, HDMI and DVI ports, four USB, support for SATA and one DDR2 SDRAM.

At £128.65 at, this barebone computer is a bargain. You now only need three other components to complete your set. 1GB RAM will cost you a mere £24.19 (Kingston 1GB DDR2 533MHz/PC2-4200 Laptop Memory Sodimm CL4 1.8V at Ebuyer) while a 120GB hard disk drive a further £25 (Western Digital 120GB 2.5" Hard Drive SATAII 5400rpm 8MB Cache at Ebuyer).

The last item on our list is a wireless keyboard with a touchpad called the Smartpad also available at Ebuyer for £19.99. Altogether, these four cost £197.83, a price that does not include shipping, the fact that you will spend time physically put them together and install the free Boxee software and the cool remote-cum-keyboard of the Boxee.

But ultimately, the Foxconn based Boxee box is much more powerful, flexible, upgradable and less intrusive than the D-Link Boxee Box.