- Kabini and mITX board
- cheap $50 mITX case with 60-200W integrated or external PSU
- One stick of DDR3
- A little SSD, since they're cheaper than small mechanical drives at last.
So, I just priced that up quickly and it's £150 ($250) for a quad kabini with 4GB DDR3, a 128GB SSD and a £40 InWin case & 200W TFX power supply. I could maybe shave £20 by dropping to a dual-core and a 64GB SSD or mechanical but that just seems mean.
My question to you guys is "what is your go-to mITX case when cost is the issue?"
Cube/shoebox cases aren't out, but you can usually get an mITX case and 90W power brick for less than any entry level ATX PSU worth using. I suspect anything with a 60W brick or more is going to be fine feeding Kabini's 25W TDP, so really - which of the cheap brick-fed (or integrated brick) mITX case options is worth looking at? Brands available in Europe are things like CIT, Antec, Akasa, Silverstone, InWin, CM, Tt, Bitfenix, Fractal, Cheiftec, Corsair. Rosewill, or other US-store "own brands" don't exist over here