I will be using the onboard graphics as its good for HD content. I don't game. I would like to use a regular power supply unit. Most ITX cases come with a PSU, but I would rather put in some standard PSU. I would rather use standard PSU, than some proprietary form factor PSU, which will cost quite a bit to replace.
Approximate Purchase Date: In a month
Budget Range: 400 total
System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing the internet, watching movies, boxee, hulu
Parts Not Required: Keyboary, Mouse, ODD, HDD
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon, newegg. Not a hard requirement
Country of Origin: ??
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: AMD Llano CPU ( or rather APU), mini ITX formfactor
SLI or Crossfire: No
Additional Comments: Yeah quiet PC would be great. Plan to run Ubuntu.
Case: Antec ISK 310-150. Cost: 79.99 + tax @ Frys= $86.8
CPU ( or rather APU): AMD Llano A8-3850 from Frys: 134.99 + tax = 146.5
Mobo: Asrock A75m-itx. = 89.99 @ Amazon
RAM: Kingston Technology HyperX 8 GB (2x4 GB Modules) 1600 MHz DDR3 Dual Channel Kit (PC3 12800) 240-Pin SDRAM KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX. 39.99 @ Amazon
HDD ( or SSD): Kingston SSDNow V100 64 GB SATA II 3 GB/s 2.5 inch Solid-State Drive SV100S2/64GZ : 102.99 - 40 MIR = 62.99 @ Amazon
Total: 87 + 146.5 + 90 + 40 + 63 = 426.5 $
I am reusing lcd screen, keyboard, mouse, speakers etc. OS is Ubuntu 11.10. The system runs pretty good! I am happy so far. The fans were a bit noisy. Once I enabled temperature based cpu fan control, fan noise came down to acceptable levels. The case fan is a Antec 80 mm tricool fan, with 4 manual speed settings. It is very noisy in the high speed settings. But acceptable noise at lowest speed setting.
Also, I have had to place the system vertically. Placing it horizontally is my preferred choice, but I am able to get better cooling with vertical positioning, as the vents line up at the bottom of the case and the upper vent where the tricool case fan pushes warm air out!
Oh, BTW, I tried the MI008 case. I don't recommend this case. There is not enough clearance to fit a heatsink for a more powerful processor like this A8-3850. Also, there are no case fans. So heat is definitely going to be a major problem.
With the ISK 310-150, my only concern is that the peak power sometimes hits 130-135 watts during bootup. But the full load power consumption at 100% CPU utilization is just under 100W. So the 150W PSU works great, except for a minor concern at bootup.