I have been recently thinking about creating a very small htpc, I love the idea of the small form factor and want to keep it as small as possible, for what i have in mind, SFX PSU's are sadly too big and Frankly I dont see the Point of Pico PSU's when you need to plug a AC DC adapter into them, Im wondering if its possible to somehow simply using per-say wires of some sort (No idea how to explain myself) connect a Adapter straight into an ITX motherboard?
I mean there is a number of motherboards currently out there with DC Jacks already built in like the Intel DH61AG (but sadly has no Discrete GPU support) and the MSH61QI (Which would be perfect, but doesnt even have a release date yet!!).
Anyone happening to know a way? Or perhaps a motherboard like the ones already mentioned?
Firstly thanks alot for your reply. Well for my plan to work I need at least 160watt, planning on using a i5 2390t and ideally a 7850 or most likely 7770 graphics card. Picopsu's I'v found are around 160watt but what worries me is the adapters provided with them tend be much lower wattage. Does this mean they will likely act as a bottleneck? or am I missing something?
There are 200w ones, they are a bit bigger but they do exist. The adapters are AC which is converted into DC inside the brick. As long as you get the correct voltage in, you will be fine on the way out in your PC.