After doing a little researching/shopping I heard from an expert source (the internet of course!) that AVS is the place to be to learn about building your home theater PC.
I'm from a background where I'm using to looking for the big'rigs for gaming so this has been a bit of a frustrating foray into the world of the cheap and small. Any help will be appreciated!
I somewhat fell in love with the Asus Ebox PC's:
I like the form factor and the idea of finding a case like this that I could VESA to the back of a monitor... I want my first HTPC to be as small as humanly possible. So here's my goals:
1) mini-itx (not micro-atx) - I'm thinking book size / size of an external WD "my book" hard drive-ish.
2) front side usb 3
3) minimum 1 x 2.5 hdd bay
I don't need a CD / DVD bay
1) VESA mountable - not required but I can dream can't I?
This is all to access network accessible media and XBMC. I have MKV, avi, OGG, and mp4 files at 1080p I'd like to play. Moreover I want this to be a box that I can use to be connected to a VPN at all times so that I can get american content (Canadian right here) via streaming, and torrent anonymously.
I can build it myself or I am OKAY with going with a prebuilt. I fell in love with that ASUS but honestly the chipset and CPU on it are somewhat outdated. I figure I can build my own with more recent hardware for the same if not less money.
Where I got stuck:
I just spent several hours going around the 'nets looking for a bloody case that fits my requirements... all of them have either no usb front or they are usb 2.0. WTF
Anyone know of a good case to fit my needs?