This is my first time building a PC and I just wanted to make sure I didnt forget anything before I put any money down. I thought hearing a few suggestions would be great before buying anything either!
I am trying to build a low power HTPC that may serve as a secondary computer if needed. I didnt want an ATOM system because I wanted the ability to upgrade the CPU and the option of extra umph if needed later.
Let me know what you think of the choices, it is only around $440 together.
I may underclock the cpu for some lower power (and less heat). I was thinking mini itx because of its lower power and small form factor, thats why I didnt go micro ATX. I also was considering an Intel Build, those parts are listed below too if you think that build may be better!
I REALLY wanted to go with the Antec MI-008 because it was so small and compact, but everyone was saying you have to buy a TERRIBLY slim aftermarket CPU fan and that it just gets too hot. I dont want my system to burn so I was too concerned to get it.
Ive essentially decided on mini ITX because I would really like the small form factor. The cases for mATX and full ATX are significantly larger.
I would like this system to be small and dont need the extra PCI slots. There are some very cheap mini ITX boards too, but I chose these to help carry this PC further into the future. I also have a whole build planned out for mATX but moved to mini itx after really reviewing the sizes.
The total cost of the mATX and mini ITX is roughly the same after everything is purchased. The mini ITX is actually a little cheaper.