I am looking to build a HTPC/Music server/player. My requirements are pretty simple
1. Need to be ITX
2. Needs to run Windows 7 & XBMC and some other media players (though not all at the same time)
3. Needs a eSATA port
4. Needs to be around 150 for the motherboard, cpu and ram.
5. Needs to be able to run on 150 watts MAX, lower the better
6. Needs min 3 sata connectors
7. Needs HDMI
This will be used mostly to connect to a USB headphone amp to playback my music via XBMC at work so it will be totally controlled via wireless and my iPhone. I would like to have it run good enough to connect to my receiver at my house and navigate XBMC on my main TV and possibly use with a blu-ray player later on if possible. I will not be encoding and or storing blu-ray and dvd rips on this player so it doesnt need to be able to decode and play those back.
I already have purchase a case for this build as well as the powersupply:
PowerSupply: 150W PSU-250mm cable +120W AC/DC converter
In addition I plan to replace the stock fan on the case with a Noctua NF-R8-1800
and also purchase AcoustiPak noise dampening material to layer over the entire case if possible.
I have looked at a couple different solutions and keep trying to figure out the best one.
I have the following combinations:Combo 1:
Mobo: ASRock E350M1
(may also use the 10 dollar more one with USB 3.0)
CPU: built into board
Ram: Kingston Value 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 Desktop Memory Model
Total cost ~120ish depending on which motherboard I go with.
Extra factors: I will replace the CPU fan with a noiseblocker one or another quieter fan.Combo 2:
Mobo: ASRock A75M-ITX FM1 AMD A75
CPU: AMD A4-3400 Llano 2.7GHz
RAM: PNY XLR8 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Total cost: 177 (so its 25 bucks over budget) before factoring in the extra things
Extra factors: I will probably have to purchase a Scythe SCKZT-1000 80mm Kozuti
to keep it cool which ups the price a bitCombo 3:
Mobo: JetWay JI61G-ITX LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI USB 3.0
CPU: Intel Celeron G530
RAM: Kingston Value 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066
Total Cost: 140
Extra factors: I will probably have to purchase a SILVERSTONE NT07-1156
for the case which adds to the cost
Hoping to get some pro's and con's from the community at large as to each system to help me narrow it down.
I looked briefly at the Atom platform but decided it was to underpowered for me.