This is a list of pieces my dad and I might use to make an HTPC with.
Here are some cases:
LUXA2 LVA20012N1Z Aluminum LM200 Micro ATX, Mini ITX Media Center/HTPC Case (Black/Silver)
Silverstone Aluminum Front SECC body mini Itx Htpc Computer Case LC05B (Black)
SILVERSTONE LC12S Silver Aluminum Mini-ITX Media Center / HTPC Case
ThermalTake VK81221N2U SD100 120W PS Mini-ITX Home Theater Chassis(Black)
Personally I’m leaning more to the LUXA2 LVA20012N1Z Aluminum LM200 Micro ATX, Mini ITX Media Center/HTPC Case (Black/Silver)
For a Motherboard, we are going to get the Zotac IONITX-B-E Intel Atom Nvidia ION Mini ITX MB. There was a Video Review on the sight we found it on.
For Memory we are trying to decide between 2GB and 4GB.
For a DVD/CD Reader/Writer we will look on Newegg for a good cheap one.
We will opt out of a TV-Tuner
For “interfacing” (i.e. controling), we will use something I found called the Logitech diNovo Mini. The diNovo Mini includes, Full QWERTY keyboard, Mouse Pad / Directional Pad, Lithium-Ion Battery life rated at 1-month/per charge, Backlighting (orange/green), Bluetooth 2.0 (30 foot range) and is Linux compatible.
For the operating system, my dad has chosen Ubuntu 10.4.
For the Open Source Media Center Software we will use XBMC (formerly Xbox Media Center, but they no longer support the Xbox system). The default XBMC theme/skin is (if you ask me) boring. As a fix to this dilemma, I have found the Aeon Project. It is better looking, and seems easier to use, then the default theme.
Any input about anything would be greatly appreciated.