In my ISK, I installed the new Asus E35M1-I Deluxe Fusion APU. I installed the blu-ray drive last night and watched a blu-ray movie and it worked great. The 65W power supply that comes with the ISK you've chosen will limit you to either ION or Fusion... you'll have to step up to one of the ISK cases bundled with a 150W PSU if you want to go i3/SB (which offer very good performance per watt). Or, you could get a 150W picoPSU to replace the 65W. That would give you plenty of power for an i3/SB or AMD Athlon build.
What's your budget, and what parts do you need for this build?
In terms of parts, I have a pair of hard disk drives from my previous build which died last year. I may have 4GB memory too if that wasn't the part that blew up (I don't think it was). So unless I'm missing anything I need;
- A processor/motherboard/integrated graphics
- A case
- A PSU
- A blu-ray drive.
Thanks your advice, including the link.
One question - in terms of power consumption (which is a factor), does it make a big difference if I get a 65W or 150W supply, if the system is only drawing a fraction of that, or do I want to try and get the wattage as close as possible to the power used by the system?
It's true that the system will only pull the watts it needs, but the efficiency will be different. PSU's like the 65W one bundled with the ISK are much more efficient than a standard computer PSU, and that efficiency depends on the load. All power supplies are more efficient at ~50% load so that's where you should shoot for. If your setup is only going to draw 30-35W most of the time then the 65W power supply would be a perfect match.
If you have an Atom or Fusion board that draws 20W with a 65W power supply, it might pull 25 or 30W using a 1000W power supply (extreme example).
For my ISK+Fusion build, I went with the 150W PSU for three reasons:
#1 The silver case (which is what I wanted) does not come with a 65W PSU as an option like the black ISK 300
#2 The case was the first part acquired and I was not sure what processor I might be using such as a higher power i3 or Athlon
#3 I knew that if I didn't care for the fan noise of the 150W PSU, I could always swap it out for a passive picoPSU since the case has the mounting holes for a picoPSU plug.
Now that I'm done with my build, I can tell you that the internal 150W PSU makes it quite a challenge to get everything inside the case. The 65W bundled case with its external brick would have been much easier! Maybe I'll share some pictures with you. I documented my build with the intention of doing an HTPC how-to blog.
Thanks again for the advice. After a good couple of hours worth of reading and research I decided to go with the Fusion board (actually went for the same board, since it has integrated wifi!). Out of interest, where did you buy your board from?
If I remember, I'll report back once I've built the thing should anyone be interested.
Thanks, that's actually who I ordered with but like everyone else in the UK, there is no stock. Unfortunately no-one seems to have a clue when they expect stock (I suspect this board hasn't actually found it's way to these shores just yet). I'm considering going for the PRO board instead, but I did like the idea of integrated wifi, bluetooth, and passive cooling.
Out of interest, I've just realised that I've gone and ordered a Mini-ITX case (the Antec 300) and a Micro-ITX motherboard. I noticed that despite a few problems, you managed to install yours. Do you think I'll have any problems fitting it in the 300? I would guess that it's the same size, but if you think you 'got lucky' cramming the thing in, then it'd be nice to be forewarned.
I did some testing last night with my E35M1-I Deluxe board. Idle power consumption is 43.3W, fully loaded stress testing (CPU & GPU @ 100%) peaked at 59.1W and 49.0°C. Good news if you are looking for a low power system. You may even see better efficiency since you UK'ers run 240V from the wall.
- Hehe... I just re-read that...UK'ers looks a lot like f***ers. No offense meant.