APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Month
BUDGET RANGE: max $400 US
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Hulu, internet, Boxee/XBMC, Blu-ray/DVD playback
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: wireless keyboard, no audio card (using HDMI to TV), operating system, No TV tuner- I have a TIVO.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: I live in US
PARTS PREFERENCES: none
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 (1080p 46" LCD TV via HDMI)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I can install XP or 7. I've built machines before, but there seems to be too many options available. I like the idea of a low power mini-ITX machine, but worry about the video playback via HDMI.
I like 2 examples that lifehacker.com mentioned. The 1st is a nettop system- Acer AspireRevo . I like this but I've seen issues with Flash (Hulu) and the graphics. Some people have been able to overcome it with the beta drivers.
The 2nd example is the ASRock Ion 330 . Again there might be playback issues. What do you think?
A different option that AMD recommends is this build using the Gigabyte GA-MA785GPMT-UD2H motherboard and onboard graphics. What do you think? Low noise also appeals to me.