Thursday, August 6, 2009

Ion Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/PSU Combo
ZOTAC IONITX-C-U Intel Atom N230 Mini ITX ION Platform Motherboard/CPU Combo with 90W PSU - Retail
Support DX10, 1080p, HDMI, CUDA, and Win7
$159.99 ($134.99 after $25.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping

At first I was wondering why this was in Stumble, but it's a pretty sweet deal. Pair with this:
(2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 $29.99
SAMSUNG HD502HI 500GB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $49.99

Cases are a bit hard. While there are Mini-ITX cases, they are all expensive, and come with power supplies. I think your best bet would be to make something yourself. Also if you planned on streaming to it, you could go with either a laptop HDD or a SSD, for less power and noise (although that HDD is a low power/noise model). Or you could boot off a USB drive for a cheap and silent solution, although it would be slower and smaller storage.

This comes to $215 ($165 w/o HDD) shipped (plus sales tax NJ, CA, or TN), for a HTPC that can do 1080p, with 6 USB, eSATA, VGA, DVI, HDMI, 5.1.

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