Just moved into a new apartment overseas and looking to build an HTPC as an entrance to a new hobby. This will be my first build and I’ve been scouring the internet but thought I’d post on here for any suggestions.
Qualifications I’d like:
- 1080p video output - Media playback from harddrive
- 1080/720p Media streaming from the internet
- Great sound output – possibly attach a dolby 5.1/7.1 to it?
- Blu Ray drive
- Quiet output
- Mini-ITX or Micro-ATX (although with the capabilities I’d like, probably mini)
- Sub $500
Saw a few posts suggesting a Llano and the ASRock A75M-ITX, but I’ve seen a lot of negative review on the ASRock (Noisy, bad quality, etc.)– Can anyone comment on experience with this or suggest an alternate motherboard? I don’t currently play many games, so I think I don’t need too much power on the system, but I do want seamless video output.
I’d also really like great sound and ideally would use this as a receiver for a large sound system. Would everyone recommend a separate sound card or are integrated ones good enough these days?
Would appreciate anyone weighing in with individual components and/or templates. Very excited to start this build… Many thanks to any and all suggestions. (Also, I’m in the UAE and require British plugs with 220v/50hz so will need a PSU that can accommodate)