Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 7th Aug 2011 22:46 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems And yes, another item, right away. I'm on the hunt for a mini-ITX motherboard for use in a living room HTPC, and considering there's so much choice out there, I'm a little confused. Then I realised I have you people to help me out, and, well, one thing led to another.
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Just Been There
by organgtool on Mon 8th Aug 2011 20:05 UTC
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I just went through this and here is what I settled on:

Zotac IONITX-R-E 1.8 GHz Dual-Core Intel Atom Processor (with NVidia ION 512MB DDR3 RAM)
Samsung 2TB Hard Drive
Samsung BluRay Player with LightScribe
InWin BP-655 Case with 200 Watt power supply

This setup cost me ~$400. I went with the Intel/NVidia over the AMD/ATI because I have more faith in the graphics architecture of NVidia over ATI at this point, especially with the support for video-accelerated Flash which is a necessary evil for many sites that serve videos. If you did go with the Zotac, I should warn you that their support for the onboard WiFi is supposedly horrible. That didn't affect me since I'm going to run ethernet to my hub to access a file server.

I also bought a Ceton InfiniTV digital tuner card that can receive four simultaneous HD streams.

All of these parts should be in by the end of the week, so I will know soon whether or not I made good choices.

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