ok Bit of an update:
I have decided to make a basic HTPC for the Bedroom. My requirements were:
QUIET. It is a bedroom.
Affordable. I want maximum value
Capable. I want decent performance.
It would be installed into an AV closet with my receiver, projector, TiVO HD, Cablebox, Bluray and subwoofer. The room is hardwired with speaker wire in walls, and you can't tell there is any AV equiptment in the room when the screen goes up except for small elegant speakers on wall. It's set up 6.1. My favorite place to watch a movie in house because it is so comfortable. Wife and I use it every night.
Therefore- size was not a factor. Noise was. I won't see the PC box, and I was hoping not to hear it also.
I recently have bought the above stuff and also some other good stuff:
Antec NEO ECO 400C 400W Continuous Power ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply ($29!! U MAD?)http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371029http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157252
ASRock Z68 PRO3-M LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $69.99 OPEN BOX
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $40 Shippedhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129042
I also bought this:
COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
$39.99 + $2.99 shipping. $10 Mail in. Makes it like $33 shipped.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119227
Very curious to see what case is better. Many including Assassin like the Antec - and claim it is quiet. I plan to use that case. Which this case will replace my Thermaltake Armor 10 bay that is at my office, and the Full tower will then become my Server Case. If I like the Coolermaster better- I might just make the HTPC in that and use the Antec300 as the server. Lots of options.
I have used the Coolermaster Case before in a basic i5 build:
It was quiet and easy to build in. Just enough space, without being too big.
I will have a mini case shoot out I guess.
I currently have 5 different cases in my home office, and I am building a few different builds side by side.
I will share my thoughts about all in some future posts.
The HTPC for the bedroom is planned to be:
Antec300 Case $40
Antec Eco 400watt PSU $29
Asrock Z68 motherboard $70
G.Skill RIPJAWZ 8GB DDR3 PC12800/1600mhz (4GBx2) $36
G630 Intel CPU $62
OCZ Vertex3 120GB $109
$346 TOTAL COST
I decided to go a step up from the previous build stuff because for my personal use if I don't do it now- I will always be pulling it apart or upgrading.
I am hoping this set up will serve me for at least 6 months before I am tempted to change anything or pull it apart.
I will frankenstien the Sata cable + Sata power out the case and install OS from DVD drive- but then remove it. No Optical is needed on this PC. It will be serviced from my server. Any disc gets ripped to that anyways.
That now leaves me with a spare ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard.
I am going to use this for a server board with a G530, and a PCI SATAII card, and a PCI-X SATAIII card.
I want to play around with WHS2011 + FLEXRAID.
Can't decide if I should use the $48 60GB SSD I just bought for the OS for that server- or use a 320GB WD Blue drive I have laying around. I also have a 300GB Velociraptor I was going to list on ebay for $60. I might keep that for the OS too... since it's faster. Just wondering if it even matters or not.
Part of me tells me for $48 I should just use the SSD and be done with it once and for all. The only part that has me is if it is hard to install to only 60GB. I keep reading that WHS2011 needs 160GB to install to.