I've been toying with the idea of building a HTPC, I had a build in mind but apparently the case I chose has some major airflow issues so I'm back at square one.
Approximate Purchase Date: In a couple of months, so waiting for Ivy Bridge i3's may be an option.
Budget Range: Preferably £300-350 but can spend a bit more if well justified
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web browsing, movies and music. Possibly some very light gaming.
Parts Not Required: OS, Storage drives (I'll use externals), Monitor, Speakers, Mouse/Keyboard
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any UK site (Aria/Ebuyer/Scan/QuietPC/Dabs/Overclockers)
Parts Preferences: I tend to avoid OCZ SSD's and any motherboard with particularly good sound quality would be a massive bonus.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I'd like something small, preferably around the size of an Xbox or something but I can go a bit bigger. Most importantly it has to be as quiet as possible. An aluminium case would be really great as well.
Thanks again but that looks like it is going to be a lot bigger than I hoped, also a lot louder. I'm looking for something stylish to put underneath the TV, that case would look nice at a desk but not in a living room in my opinion.
I really love the look of this but apparently it has some cooling issues so it would be a bit noisy even if I got a decent cooler like the Scythe Kozuti or something.
It's mainly the case I can't decide on. That Streacom one looks like it might end up a bit hot/noisy. The Lian Li PC-Q09 looks good (and cheap) as well but I'm worried the PSU might be a bit loud and for some reason it doesn't have any expansion slots.
I have a fairly good idea of the spec I want:
A6-3500 (Or possibly Pentium G630T if it can handle HD smoothly)
Corsair XMS3 2x2GB 1600Mhz
Gigabyte GA-A75N-USB3 A75 (Unless anyone knows of a mini ITX FM1 board with particularly good onboard sound)
60GB Intel 330 SSD (Or similar small, reliable SSD)
That comes to ~£210 so I'd have around £100 left for the case and PSU and £40 to buy a quiet CPU cooler and/or fans. I just can't seem to find a good case.
After a pretty thorough search for cases I think I might just go for that Lian Li case, the version with the 110W power brick. It's really great looking, cheap, small, relatively easy to make a quiet build in and it's well ventilated. It's a big shame about the lack of expansion slot but if I want to add a TV tuner I'll do it over the network or get a USB one. I shouldn't need any wireless/graphics card either.
For anyone that cares, I think this is what I'll go for: