This is my first post so I'll try my best to do this correctly. I am wanting to consolidate my current "HTPC" and WHS server into one device. What I mean is, that I no longer really have a need for two devices and I'm wanting to Frankenstein parts from both machines to make a budget HTPC. I plan on using the hard drives, case, and power supply from my WHS, and the CPU, RAM, Bluray drive, CD/DVD drive, and OS from my current HTPC.
Additional Comments: Now for my questions and thus where you guys come in. As you can see, I'm trying to complete this on a budget. My main need right away is motherboard. I need a mobo that will fit in my case (I think micro ATX) and it needs to work with my CPU. I would also like one that has HDMI out to eliminate the need for buying a video card. I also need 5.1 surround, whether via the HDMI out or optical, etc. Optionally, I would like to have the ability to use my Harmony One remote to navigate the HTPC / WMC (this is just a wish, not a necessity). I really no nothing about TV tuners, but the idea of ditching cable one day sounds tempting, so I'm open for suggestions there too. I hope I have provided enough details to get started. I appreciate all of your help.
I too saw those on newegg. I don't really know anything about Zotac or MSI and neither one of them have an optical audio out. Are they decent brands? The ASUS requires DDR3 RAM and I'd rather use the DDR2 that I have on hand to save money. That leaves the Intel board, which looked like a good option, but as of this morning seems to be out of stock. I may end up just having to get some new RAM so I can open up my options.
How about the rest of the build, does everything else seem to be in order? Any suggestions?