I felt inspired to build a new HTPC for my bedroom. I had previously built an ITX unit last summer, but recently gave that away to my sister to get her into the world of HTPC (got my brother into it too!).
So I finally decided to build a new one for myself, and got a nice case from StardogChampion for a mini ITX build. Here's the parts I used for this build:
Intel Core i3-3225 Dual-Core Processor 3.3 GHz 3 MB Cache LGA 1155
ASRock LGA 1155 Motherboards (B75M-ITX)
Crucial 4GB Kit (2GBx2) DDR3 1333
WD Scorpio Black 500 GB SATA 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive (I decided not to do an SSD this time around)
CIR Receiver (for ASRock MB's) from Inteset
The build will be done inside of this case, which is the Realan E-I7 mini-ITX case. This is a beautiful silver case too, as I wanted to draw away from the common black color cases. Plus this case has the IR window in the lower left.
This is the bracket that has the ODD bracket underneath. I removed the ODD bracket as I won't be installing such drive. The top piece I will attach the 2.5" HDD on one side.
The inside if this case has nice room, and easy to route the wires accordingly. I wanted to make this build as simple as possible.
This is the CIR chip I ordered from Inteset, the black round dot is the IR receiver.
CIR board installed on the provided bracket. The instructions says to not let the solder points touch the bracket or else could cause a short. So the washers were used to give it the spacing it needs. You could also place a piece of electrical tape too on the bracket if needed.
IR Receiver seen through the hole (to be set in place in the case)
I used some double-sided tape to hold it against the inner case wall where the IR window is, then applied some more tape to keep it in place. You could use screws for a more neat appearance but since no one will look inside the case much, I didnt worry about it.
This CIR header, circled in yellow is where the wire connector goes. It does not share the USB header as with some boards.
Back side of the case, with the HDD installed. I'm using the stock Intel cooler as there's plenty of room with it inside. Even if the ODD bracket was in place, you would still have some room. The stock cooler has been fairly quiet for me.
All the hardware installed, everything powered up as it should, as seen on the monitor. Now the software part begins (still in progress but got most of it done). I like this case and looks great in my bedroom. Some may have an issue with the blue LED light, but personally it doesn't bother me, plus it makes a great night light. The remote that came with the CIR kit works perfectly with WMC and best part is, its backlit so makes it easier to see in a dark room. I'm using the Ceton network tuner with only one tuner assigned for this HTPC (other three assigned to the main HTPC in living room).