I want to upgrade my WD Live and old brite-view streaming boxes.
I'm looking into ITX because I need it to site on the fireplace ledge otherwise they kids with destroy it. Most ITX are intel integrated graphic chipset
Anyone have any experiences with built in video playback on these boxes?
Looking at ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe if anyone has any experiences.
These all use Intel or AMD integrated graphics. I would say a large percentage of modern HTPCs use built-in graphics with discrete cards used for advanced video processing, gaming or to turn an older PC into an HTPC. Modern integrated GPUs can play 1080p video with no problem. Most mini-ITX motherboards these days have HDMI output.
What do you plan on doing with your HTPC? Right off I will say the P8Z77-I while it's a nice board is a monster with a big VRM card that's going to limit your possibilities for getting something that can fit on a shelf. I think too with the newer generation CPUs (LGA1150) being priced the same as the previous (LGA1155 which the Z77 supports) and motherboards being about the same price but there being more mini-ITX choices in the newest generation, that's the way to go.
There are lots of possibilities even in little ITX builds.
I plan mostly to play downloaded content, maybe Netflix. Wasn't planning on making this a DVr. Don't need an optical.
The brix and Nuc show promise but, they are pricy for a system that still needs ram and hard disk. If would be at 299 + $70 for ram and $100 for msata drive. And then I'm locked into hardware. Then I still need my basement server. Itx I can part out and rebuild configuration as technology changes.
My dish network box is making funky noises so I'm hoping to build this before the drive crashes.