When it comes to barebones mini-PCs, the name that always springs to my mind is Shuttle. This is the company that has been peddling little computers for years that take up little space and generally come with some of the hardware installed in a cute little chassis waiting for the user to buy it and add their own CPU, RAM, and storage. One of the things that Shuttle hasn’t traditionally offered is a way that a user can customize their system.
Shuttle is now offering a system configurator for a computer called the SG41J4. The computer has a strange little front panel (that reminds us of the Nokia XpressCovers) that the user can remove and modify. The barebones rig can be crammed full of an Intel Core 2 Processor with a 1333 MHz FSB. It has a pair of DDR3 RAM slots that support up to 8GB of RAM. The case also has room for a pair of optical drives and a pair of 3.5-inch desktop HDDs.
Other features of the computer include a PCI x16 slot that will fit a video card needing dual slots and the rig uses the GMA X4500 integrated GPU. That integrated GPU means that if you don’t use the PCI-e slot the integrated graphics are used. The machine measures in at 32.5 x 21.5 x 19cm and uses the normal Intel Box CPU cooler. The PSU the machine has inside is 250W.