Mini-ITX - VIA EPIA 800

Mini ITX is getting smaller and smaller. I always wanted one for a while but couldn't afford it. Until my friend offered it to me. And I was happy to accept it. Now I'm a happy bunny. :D

The Mini ITX case's model number is 7989C3 and the motherboard is an VIA EPIA 800. It came with no hard drive, no memory and no PSU (it died by the original owner). I dug out my computer spare box and managed to find a hard drive, some memory but no PSU.

Below are the basic information about the VIA EPIA 800 motherboard

Form Factor - Mini-ITX
- 170mm x 170mm
Processor
- VIA C3™ E-Series processor (EBGA package) - 800MHz with 29DB(a) 40mm fan
- 100/133MHz Front Side Bus (depending upon what speed memory you use)
- 128K L1 and 64K L2 cache
Chipset
- VIA Apollo PLE133
- VT8601A North Bridge
- Featuring integrated AGP 2X graphics
- VIA VT8231 South Bridge
TV-Out
- Integrated Macro Vision 7.01
- High quality scaling and filtering
- S-Video or Composite video output
- Supports NTSC/PAL TV formats
Main Memory
- Two 168-pin DIMM memory sockets (Supports up to 1GB)
- PC100/133 SDRAM support
LAN
- VIA 10/100 Ethernet LAN onboard (VIA VT6102 Rhine II Fast Ethernet Adapter)
Graphics
- Integrated AGP4X with 2D/3D Graphics Acceleration (Trident Blade 3D, uses system RAM)
- Motion Compensation for DVD playback
- VIP port for video overlay function
Audio
- VIA VT1612A AC'97 onboard
- 3 Audio Jacks - Line-Out, Line-In and Microphone-In
- Sound Blaster, Sound Blaster Pro Compatible
- Digital I/O compatible with consumer mode S/PDIF
Expansion Slots
- ATA/100/66/33 Support
- 1 PCI slots
Onboard IDE
- ATA/100/66 (2 ports, up to 4 devices - no floppy drive connector)
I/O Ports
- 3 Audio Jacks - Line-out, Mic-in and Line-in
- Four USB ports (two USB ports located at rear side - the 2 additional ones you would have to add)
- 1 EPP/ECP parallel port
- 1 16C550 compatible serial port
- 2 External PS/2 Compatible Keyboard /Mouse ports
- 2 TV output ports (S-Video or optional RCA TV out)
- 1 S/PDIF out (optional and multiplex with RCA TV out)
- 1 RJ-45 LAN port
- 1 PCI slot (Note: support for two PCI devices - with additional riser)

So after a few weeks of hunting around for a PSU that are reasonabled priced. Most of them were asking for anything up to £100 or so. But I was not going to let it beat me. Until... I came across ITX Warehouse and found the prices very good. After e-mailing them, they was very helpful, replying to email very quickly and helped me to pick the correct PSU, which is the Chyang Fun Industry ENP-2222F PSU. I ordered it and was told that it will be delivered next day. And I did get it on the next day at 12pm. What a great service!

You can see the photo of the ENP-2222F PSU being unboxed and installed into the case. A very simple & straightforward job!

So, in summary, the hardware I used are:

- VIA EPIA 800 motherboard
- 7GB hard drive (will be upgraded soon)
- 52x Creative CD-ROM (CD5233E)
- 256 MB RAM and 128MB RAM sticks, giving me 384MB of memory

You can download the manual from this link (7.2MB)

You can see the case by browsing the Mini ITX photos.