Noob Build - Efficient/Quiet Build


I am looking at building my first HTPC. (efficient and low consumption)
I must admit; I am not really knowledgeable on all the pieces needed and how they all fit. I have been reading tons of information online.
I am looking for a HTPC that would stream HD (720p and 1080p) content that is downloaded. The HTPC would be running a bit torrent client in either Windows or Linux. (If possible this would also replace my file - media server)

I have been looking at the Zotac IonITX F-E;20IONITX-F-E.
Is the ASUS AT5IONT better?

Is there another mobo/cpu combine that would be better.
Any case recommendations with power supply?

Budget $300-$400

Any help and guidance would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Thanks for the post.
    Any particular reason why you would not choice the motherboard/cpu combo?
  2. ^ The main reason why I wont go with that board is that I would anytime go with a REAL CPU,...
  3. So nobody else wants to chime in?
  4. hi, i'm planning a simular config as well
    but i'm worried about some pci-e issues i've been reading at the
    reviews page for the ASUS AT5IONT-I
    i do have a planned config using the asus model (mobo looks alot more interesting than the zotac one does)
  5. If you wish to go the 'Atom' route, how about this ASRock

    $30 less than the Zotac. No Wi-Fi, but Dual channel 1066 RAM and 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot.
  6. tempting mobo but it's not 525 series atom, it's 330 series
  7. btw, last and first name brand pc i ever got in my life was a c128, every other pc i ever had was something i built...first pc i built was made from salvaged parts at flea markets, cpu came from a translator...i breadboarded it first then made my first mobo with parts from radio shack and other supply stores
  8. DougLYX said:
    tempting mobo but it's not 525 series atom, it's 330 series

    I was simply finding a comparative board to the OP question about using the Zotac IonITX F-E which is Atom N330
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