My girlfriend recently moved in and brought along a 40" Sony Bravia which we have put in the bedroom. My old rig was a buzzsaw which needs to exit the bedroom. Now I'm looking for a replacement for web browsing and netflix/hulu streaming. As it will be in the bedroom and used during the evenings, elimination of noise and lights are necessary. I'd like something about the size of a dvd player that can look nice sitting on top of our dresser. Limited power consumption should also be stressed, but not at the cost of reducing performance. Onboard HDMI is a must, onboard wifi would be nice, but not entirely necessary.
Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks
Budget Range: $300-500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Streaming Video, DVD playback (1080p), light classic gaming
Parts Not Required: Just need a box & components
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Have used tigerdirect.com and newegg.com in the past, but other suggestions are welcome
Country of Origin: Indiana, USA
Parts Preferences: I'd like to try a mini-itx system to minimize space, but I have no real brand loyalty.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1080p
Additional Comments: Need a quiet, unobtrusive pc for nighttime viewing. A sturdy black metal case with a dull finish would be preferred.
Total: $415. I make no garuantees about that PSU. I'm not that experienced with small form PCs, so you might want to try out the PSU before trying to find a replacement for it. That way you'd have a way to actually measure how much space you have for one.
You could also replace the case with one you like better. Some reviews did complain about the fan's noise, but you can replace it.
Are there any strong opinions on this Habey Case? I love its look, but have read a few accounts of circulation problems. My current mATX HTPC runs around 30-40C (with plenty of circulation) while this one seems to run in the 50s using that ASUS/AMD combo board even after cooling measures have been put into place. Seems high in comparison, but I guess they're different beasts.