VIA ARTiGO DIY builder kit

VIA today launched VIA ARTiGO, a DIY builder kit for enthusiasts wanting to build an ultra compact personal computer. Designed by the creators of the Pico-ITX form factor, the VIA ARTiGO Builder Kit offers consumers a more sophisticated DIY experience. Available from leading online and IT stores in the US and the UK, the VIA ARTiGO kit contains a VIA EPIA PX10000 Pico-ITX board, chassis, power adapter and all essential accessories, making it the ideal holiday gift for PC enthusiasts. The powerboard has been specially designed to support the remarkably low power draw, with a complete system consuming around 15 watts in idle, while the mainboard itself consumes a maximum of only 20 watts under full load. The VIA ARTiGO package also supplies all the cabling and port accessories the DIY builder needs.

Moreover, the system is customizable – simply add your choice of system memory and hard drive and you’re ready to install your choice of operating system. Weighing about 520g and measuring a mere 15cm x 11cm x 4cm high, the VIA ARTiGO is about half the size of a regular desktop optical drive and can even be installed inside the drive bay of a regular desktop PC.The VIA ARTiGO Builder Kit will be available from December 14th 2007 in the US for around $300.