The short and sweet of it for those who are tldr inclined is that I am looking for that sweet spot in a processor that is enough to handle 1080p content without lag, but power sipping enough not to need too many fans to be annoying during the quiet parts of movies. With proc and chipset suggestions, I can find the right board (unless you have a burning suggestion which is welcome).
More detail: So I’ve been planning my htpc build for a while now. Have gone in a few different directions already, but keep changing my mind, and now I know what I want, just not what I need. I’ve done my research, and am no newb (lurker maybe), but the problem is that I keep talking myself into getting way more than I need for this build. I need some objective perspective.
What I want to achieve:
I want to watch Blu-ray and play HD content off the net, music, etc. No DVR/PVR. No gaming.
I already have 12tb of content, so I need a board with sata to spare (min 6 ports with at least one esata).
I want it to have uefi for fast boot, and Raid. Planning on Win8 64.
I’m Intel, just am, no slight to amd, it’s just my comfort zone.
Money isn’t an option, but I just don’t want to spend more than I will actually need/use for this build. I don’t want a Ferrari just for driving to the mailbox to pick up my mail.
Willing to source out used, so can be anything including older if it fits the bill.
So i3, i5, atom or wait for Avoton, etc? Ivy or Sandy? Integrated + graphics core, or fanless card?
Please save me from myself.