I am sure before long this thread will be lined with crazy deals on SB G530 + Foxconn motherboards from MicroCenter where everything is in stock, you can get as many as you want with no tax or shipping -- well, except for at mine somehow
. This happens when anyone mentions anything to do with being interested in Atom.
For a little box to surf the net, Facebook and check emails, do some eBay stuff, even the occasional YouTube 720p video, Atom does more than fine. Anything more would be a waste. That's just y feeling, philosopjy and experience. The Intel BOXD2700DC I ordered has a dual-core 2.13GHz processor, GMA 3650 graphics, can take 4GB, has a miniPCI-e slot for a wireless card and it's passively cooled. It was $72 to my door and will be more than adequate for the intended (not mine) use. Since it has no HSF it's going to be great in the EMC-800BL with a DVD-RW, 4GB and an SSD. This customer doesn't even have an HD capable TV, let alone cares about Netflix HD, BD rips or any other thing and if they do, they'll buy a Blu-ray player, maybe with the $50 or so I saved them.
Personally, I am always going to keep checking the latest and greatest low-end to see what it's capable of for HTPC and non-HTPC use. The line is getting closer and closer.
Atom makes a great nettop or preschool PC.
So does SB G530 for more.
Zacate even makes for a terrific server motherboard.
Eveything has its place.