Not sure if this is a promo for Black Friday but it seems that the Khadas VIM3 board with some addons to make it a proper CoreELEC solution are very reasonable priced now:
- $82 VIM3 basic board
- $5 DIY case without metal plate
- $9 Heatsink
- $0 PSU (I will reuse an old 5V2A phone charger)
After AliExpress (select) coupons and a $7 promo code (e.g. ALIEXTRA) the total price for the set comes down to about $90, if you go through a cashback site maybe even $85.
Do I have everything I need to run CoreELEC properly with those accessories? I’m concerned about heat so I have few questions:
- Is the heatsink sufficient without fan? I prefer passive cooling because of noise and I don’t even see the fan listed on AliExpress.
- Is it useful to add the heat pad and metal plate to the case in terms of passive cooling (adds about $8.50-$11 to the total)?