I've been going back and forth on this, so I figured I would ask everyone here.
I've been wanting an ITX HTPC. I'm stuck, because I don't know if I should use an existing Q8200 and get a Zotac 9300 ITX board, or if I should just purchase a pre-built Atom/Ion barebones and install my RAM/HDD.
I am not as concerned about cost as I am about making a good decision. The HTPC will really just be used to play DVDs and stream movies from a home server and the internet.
the things you mentioned are the easiest things to do. The cheapest computer you can get would be good enough. Seeing as the q8200 is quite a god cpu compared to an atom I would just get the zotac board.
I don't really understand the point of this thread though. Only you can know what you find a good decision.
I'd recommend staying away from the Atom/Ion barebones. I built one for my mother using the MSI Wind bare-bones system from Newegg. Fully functional and works for her needs, but the cooling fan can get loud at times.
From the few reviews that I checked real quick, the X4500HD graphic chipset is sufficient for HD playback. My real concern is actually the processor.
Checking the specs and (more importantly) the CPU Support List I'm noticing that the Q8200 is NOT supported with that motherboard. Only the Q8200S is supported. The difference being 65 watts TDP for the Q8200S and 95 watts TDP for the Q8200.
If you don't have the Q8200S processor, getting the DG45FC is a moot point.
Thanks for looking at that Wolf...happy I didn't get that. I think the 9300 ITX would work fine and be able to handle everything. Al I would need is the motherboard and the case, I believe - I have some RAM and a HDD sitting around.
Any recommendations on quality ITX cases that would support this? Do you think the 150w (like in the Antec ISK line) or 200w (Like the Thermaltake Q) PSU be OK for this, or should I look at a different PSU?
ITX case selection will depend on a number of things:
Size contraints (you want it small for a reason) Does it need to be shallow, slim, narrow, etc.
Do you need a slot for an expansion card?
Slim vs. standard ODD
Internal vs. external PSU
If slim is your goal, my own ITX project research has only turned up four low profile coolers that can handle a 95W CPU that are under 65mm (ISK height limit):
If you go with higher-end graphics (IGP or discrete) you probably do not want the PC-Q07. It has no fans. The PC-Q11 has a fan and the PC-Q08 has a couple of fans. Even that 9300 ITX board is going to put off a lot of heat.
When I built the PC with the Q07 I had a DG41MJ mobo with a E3300 and the stock cooler. Temps were fine. But, those are pretty low-end low TDP parts.
Too bad the DG45FC isn't spec'd for the Q8200. I would *think* you could pair the Q8200 with the DG45FC if you had a better CPU cooler. Better safe than sorry though, agreed.