Originally Posted by Elpee
Ok, thanks for the inputs, guys.
To make it clearer, I'm please to provide more detail about my project now. Sorry if it caused you inconvenience.
My HTPC (as well as small media server) that supposes to run 24/7 has 6 drives (max and no more). One drive (SSD) for OS, 4 "green" drives for data and the last one for parity in FlexRaid.
Why do I pick m-ITX? Well, to simply save room and match the size of other AV equipment in my living room. The mobo that I'm on the fence to grab is ASUS H87I-PLUS H87, but that said it doesn't have "Lake tiny" and "4K HD ready" feature either comparing to ASUS Z87I-Deluxe ( you can see more detail from Newegg - sorry I couldn't add links here). Althought I don't have a 4K TV now, but 4K HD ready is big plus for me because who knows I'll buy a 4K one this BF or some time next year?
One more question, guys. I was told a Lian Li PC-Q25 ITX PC Case is perfect for my project. It looks nice in living room and it's hdd hot-swappable. I really don't know if a HTPC/small media server would benefit from "hot-swappable", if possilbe. How about your thoughts? Any other suggestions?
Once again, thank you for you help.
I would get the motherboard you find a good deal on. Asus is a good brand. H87 or Z87 would both do you very well. It's really up to you which you want to buy since both will work very well for you. It doesn't sound like you need the Z87 features, but it's still your personal decision if they are worth it or not. I know lots of people that buy the better model or whatever product "just in case" when the price isn't a big deal. If you are trying to save cash- the H is fine to get assuming you are finding it to be cheaper.
As far as the other stuff- you might not require 4k resolution right now but you could possibly want that in the future if you upgrade your display. I got a chance to play with the Sony and Samsung 4K yesterday and it was pretty awesome (and awesomely out of my price range). You can actually start getting 4k 50" for about $1500 on Amazon these days and I think projectors and displays will go that direction in the future. I remember when 1080p was a big deal... it took a couple years but it happened.
That's one of the areas extra features of the "better" model sometimes are worth it. I don't think it's a big deal for you though. You can always add a GPU card for a low cost to upgrade to 4k and provide HDMI 2.0 (that's the new HDMI spec coming soon)
I love my hot swap- but honestly it only takes a screw driver to install a HDD most cases. That's your decision.
"Tiny Lake" doesn't sound like a feature you would really need as it sounds like you might not use that.
I do not think you will overclock either, but in certain cases overclocking (particularly the iGPU and RAM) can provide some very real HTPC benefits. That's not going to save you power though. It might cost you another $.85cents a year in electricity
Originally Posted by wiley165
I meant to reference MFusick's example of someone offering either board (assuming for free). I edited the post to reflect.
That was my main point.
In order to determine which is "better" in the most simple form you really need to imagine a guy standing in front of you with one in one hand, and the other in his other hand, and he says pick one. Which one you pick is likely which is "better" (unless you are an idiot or just do not know better)