The 65W picoPSU bundled with the black ISK is much more efficient than the 150W power supply in my case, so power draw will be less than what I've posted. And yes, the system will only draw the power it needs. Also, keep in mind that with that picoPSU, it is limited to 65W because of the external brick. You can actually swap out the external brick for a higher power one if you need it, but with any Zacate or Ion build, 65W is plenty.
I can be patient. I'm not planning to build anything until after black friday.
What do you think? Should I go the way of the mATX so that I can have extra pci slots? And perhaps room for a 1 5.25", 1 3.5", and 1 2.5". I cant find any itx cases that will allow one of each. plus i'll be able to have dual output which i think could be good.
btw.. do you think i'd be able to browse internet on one monitor while wtaching tv on the other monitor without any trouble?
"The obsolete ALC887 audio chipset wouldn't be my choice for a HTPC but this isn't an issue for me because I don't plan to hook up speakers or use it for a HTPC. While lacking the latest and greatest audio it's plenty good enough for MP3 playback or even lossless music formats up to 24bit/96khz. "
Is this a bad choice then for an htpc? And I will onyl be using hdmi and havign a receiver do all the decoding anyway. I am actually considering the mATX board so i can get a few more slots.
And just to be certain, if I have a 380 watt power supply instead of a 65w external, it wont increase my electric bill but because the devices are low power users. is tht right?
My main concern is power consumption. I want to keep my electric bill low.
And I'll just go with 8gb of ram anyway. it's 20 bucks/stick :-)