I'm considering building my dad a new computer for Father's Day, since it's coming up and his old Compaq desktop is quite unreliable. Real estate on his work desk is a priority, so I was considering building a new system with this guy, but I'm new to the Atom scene. Any reason I shouldn't go this route? The only thing the computer is used for is basic web surfing/email/Quicken/etc. No big tasks whatsoever, so I figured this was the way to go as far as usage, price, and size.
Thanks for the replies, guys. It makes more sense to go the mini-atx route. I think I was tempted to use an Atom just because it's new tech. The regular CPU will give be better upgrade options in the future, too.
Those parts are almost identical to the HTPC I built a few months back. =P
The Atom processor is pretty slow, like slower than Pentium 4 speeds. It's not something I would want in a new PC. If you are really excited about low power consumption and hug trees all day then I guess you can go for it, but IMO its too slow.