Originally Posted by StardogChampion
Do you need an ODD? Would a half-height card be enough? How about a 120W DC / 84W AC PSU? Would that be enough for what you want to build? http://www.minicase.net/product_E-I7.html
Not really. I have seen the merits of installing OS by flash drive
I wanted to use the Hauppauge Colossus eventually, which has no half-height option and I'm not sure I trust the HD-PVR, plus it cost more.
I may have to take a serious look at the Thermaltake though I don't like the red stripe on it.
Its issues like these that make me want to stay with my original plan which is to build a Mini ITX server to replace the Dell and keep the Sonta III case and just go with a Micro or full ATX A75 board. Just seems like a waste of space if I'm not going to put a GPU in there and not store more than one drive.
Great for air flow I suppose...
I just don't wan to spend $80-$150 to go Mini-ITX without reasonable cause.
The HTPC upgrade stands at about $192 before taxes/shipping going with the ASRock board. Going with the Elite Group board I save about $9 (with the $25 rebate), but since I also need memory, that makes the memory cost less and the upgrade less overall.
60-64GB SSD prices have stabilized around at the sub-$100 range, so much so that its even possible to take advantage of RAID 0 with two 64GB SSD's.