ALIAS wrote:horseicious, not to throw a wrench in your plan, but did you consider the i3-2105? it has HD3000 graphics like the i5s and its only $15 more than the i3-2100. i was considering the AMD A series and the i3-2105 myself but i went with the plain ole i3-2100 because i wanted to go with a seperate video card that would definetly bitstream HD lossless audio in my recently built HTPC. for that reason i had to go with a mATX board instead of ITX because i also wanted to put a TV tuner card in my build. i had looked at a lot of the ITX boards and couldnt find one i really liked myself either. I was definetly not impressed with the A series ITX motherboards. I think with them being so new, there just arent enough options out there yet.
HorseIicious wrote:Hey guys, thanks for the comments. I took a very hard look at some Intel solutions over the past few days. I found an 1155 mITX mobo with every feature I needed, and at a decent price point. It really has me wavering. The problem is, though, that I just don't think I can get past the 24p bug in the Sandy Bridge architecture... I'll have to borrow the wife's laptop for a few tests over the next few days and see if it really bothers me (since I've never actually experienced it, only read about it).
I'm unwilling to compromise on the mITX size, though (and a discrete card is not an option for the tiny case I have picked out). So if I find the SB IGP 24p bug to be bothersome to me I guess I'm just going to have to wait it out until the retailers finally start to get FM1 mITX boards in stock, bummer...
Anyway, thanks again.
kc77 wrote:Well if these are going to be extenders then I don't see why you couldn't go with a E-350. It does support bitstreaming and you're talking about 30W or less for the entire system. Slip in a high performance USB stick or a low low cost SSD or 2.5 mechanical and you should be set.