i want to build a very quiet and energy efficient HTPC based on the case Origen AE S10V. A low noise emission is paticularly important to me as i have my desk next to the tv- and hifi-rack. So how do i do it? AMD or Intel? Which mainboard is best suited for HTPCs? How do i get it really quiet?
Any help is very much appreciated.
I didn't consider it important, but here goes:
country: Germany budget range: 600-700€ approx. purchase date: next week system usage: playing HD TV at 1080p, playing music at high quality (htpc -> external dac -> stereo-amp -> speakers) parts not required: anything but the HTPC itself preferred website for parts: www.hardwareversand.de monitor resolution: no TV bought yet. but it's probably going to be a 42" lcd additional comments: mainboard should have firewire and enough pci-slots for graphic card, tv tuner card and sound card.