Minimal HTPC build

I need a very basic HTPC motherboard+proc combo. I don't care if it's AMD or Intel. I want to build the smallest, cheapest HTPC possible. My only requirements are that it plays 1080p video smoothly (including flash video) and that it has onboard HDMI-out (video & audio). Suggestions?

Also, I'd like a forward-facing IR receiver, but that's it. It will be hardwired so no need for wifi. I have a dedicated blu-ray player that I enjoy, so I don't need an optical drive, and I plan to install a very small high-rpm HDD. I'm thinking 2-3gb RAM.

Thanks for any help!
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  1. Hello hoyadub;

    How small? How cheap?
    The smaller you go the more expensive it gets.
  2. WR2 said:
    Hello hoyadub;

    How small? How cheap?
    The smaller you go the more expensive it gets.

    id settle for something the size of 1-2 gamecubes (as a point of reference)
  3. $600 budget OK?
  4. WR2 said:
    $600 budget OK?

    If it's necessary to get what I want, yah. For some reason, in my mind, it seems like I should be able to get away with $300-$400, but I'm not really sure.
  5. AMD E350 based. I built mine for less than $300.
    mobo/E350 was about $80. has HDMI and USB3 I think. also includes silent HSF for the low wattage proc. bought from Amazon, must have been on sale or something.
    $20 for 4GB of Microcenter RAM DDR3-1333
    $80 for 60GB Agility 3 SSD from microcenter
    $40 for the case w/PSU from amazon
    $20 for the DVD-RW from microcenter

    it's tiny and quiet. AMD 6330 onboard graphics. pretty great, but I replaced it with a Roku and have been happy.

    Oh, and the case is about the size of a shoe box. 200W psu is enough power for this guy.
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