Hey folks, I'm looking to build a mini-itx HTPC. Purpose would be solely to play media files and physical media - I will not be using it for gaming. That said, I do want to be able to stream 24/96 audio, be it FLAC or HD-DVD / Blu-Ray soundtracks, to my receiver. I have a new LG combo HD-DVD / Blu-Ray drive sitting in its box unopened (I picked it up about 9 months ago when it became clear they were becoming harder to find) which I plan to use in the system.
For a case I really like the Thermaltake Element Q. It seems to be a good size, and can fit the LG drive no problem. I figured I'd install a memory card reader and 5400 RPM 1 TB HDD, and likely a Hauppage WinTV-HVR-2250 Dual Tuner (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) in the PCI-e slot.
What do you folks think? Am I missing an obvious problem with the config? Is there an awesome component I've missed? To be clear, I don't intend to overclock the system, and plan to use a Core i3 processor - the only concern I have is media playback and recording.
The Gigabyte board is rather attractive, and seems to have similar features. I feel silly for not knowing this, but is there a substantial difference between an Athlon II X2 and Core i3? For both the AMD and Intel Boards, I could output 1080p video and 24/96 audio?
Hey did you ever build that system? Wanted to know if you had any issues putting the Hauppage WinTV-HVR-2250 pcie card into the PCIe x16 slot and getting it working on the Zotac. I actually have the Zotac board and the Gigabyte board as well. I put the Zotac into an Apex MI-100 case and the Gigabyte in the Thermaltake Q and both with Intel Core I5 650's. I could never get a confirmed answer if the Hauppage WinTV HVR-2250 would work in the PCIEx16 slot in either motherboard.