I just bought a Lian-Li PC-Q25 Mini-ITX case and 4 1TB drives (2 WD, 2 Seagate). I want to use this to replace my existing NAS, and also for a media server (something like Plex) and HTPC.
My requirements are:
At least 5 SATA ports, at least 1 SATA III for a SSD system drive.
CPU able to handle transcoding (mostly down conversion to iPhone formats) and HTPC playback.
Low power/heat, this will be on 24/7.
Cost is a factor (budget around $500 for remaining parts), but I can be flexible.
I can be patient and buy things piecemeal as they go on sale.
Also: the PC-Q25 limits PSU length to 140mm and CPU Cooler to 80mm height.
Here's my thoughts, I'd like to hear recommendations for what to change:
I can't decide if the A4 has enough juice, or if I should step up to an A8. The other option would be an LGA 1155 board with a low power 35W i3 - though that may need a PCIe SATA card to get enough ports.
He might have already hdds, either way it's a decent build, and if the op wants a hdd, the red one is a good choice and yes he can get the ram there, it totals more than 100$, if not, get the ram in newegg and a ssd.