I may be asking for the impossible, but I am trying to put together an HTPC that will fit the following criteria:
Small form factor - Can be a slim micro ATX, but something 5"x17"x13" or smaller.
Silent or near silent - This HTPC will be going in bedroom cabinet right next to bed. Don't want a bunch of big fans keeping me up at night
Cool - As stated, it will be placed inside of a bedroom cabinet with other AVS equipment (bluray player, Pioneer 5.1 AVR, external HD) and this new HTPC all going in the same small cabinet. I will most likely cut the back out of the cabinet for ventilation, but as I want silent I do not want to vent the cabinet with fans.
Internal TV Tuner preferred
The objective is to feed my antenna signal to this new build and use this as my primary household TV. This HTPC will be my media player, OTA receiver and DVR. I will use my existing Bluray player fed through the AVR for Bluray discs. I would like to stream hulu, netflix and amazon prime as well as watch online streaming content such as ESPN3.
I have looked at the barebones boxes such as zotac, shuttle, etc., but these don't give me the option of an integrated two tuner PCI TV tuner. I could use something like the Homerun, or one of the external tuners with those boxes, but I am not familiar with them and am not sure how well they would work. I like the form factor, and the fact that many of the barebones boxes come with external PSU's, but cpu power and heat are also concerns.
Finally, I will be operating this PC from my living room, which is only 12' away from the cabinet that I will house this in, but it is through a wall and a cabinet, so RF (or equivalent if there is anything out there that I don't know about) control is necessary. Ideally, I will be able to control the HTPC, AVR, and Bluray with the same remote. The AVR and Bluray are both IR, so I would need to use an RF blaster (I have a NextGen already, so I can use that for the AVR and Bluray control, just prefer to have the HTPC receive direct RF since the extender has never worked 100% perfectly for me).
Is a new build the way to go, and if so is it even possible to create what I need, or should I just get a packaged barebones unit? Any help is appreciated.