4wd: ah yes, I had not considered the energy-efficient CPU versions - shame on me. Remember that it's not just about MHz though, the intel CPUs have higher IPC (or lower CPI ) than the AMDs.
You are forgiven
Actually, I believe quite a few people use the 4850e X2, (45W), in the GA-MA78G(P)M-DS2H for HTPCs because it's even more frugal and quiet.
I'm actually thinking of just getting the 9350e because I've kind of grown out of the brute force approach. And this is for my general purpose/video encoding/gaming machine.
Josh, for HDDs I'd recommend either Samsung or the Western Digital Green Power series. Both are noticeably quieter than anything Seagate produces and use less power.
Just for interest, yesterday I had a play recording various HDTV broadcasts and found you need to store approx. 100-130MB/minute. That's only 2MB/sec for a single channel recording, well within the capability of even the slowest HDD currently on the market.
What will affect it more is when you're recording two channels at once, then seek times come into play but I would still expect any current HDD to present no problem to that.Addendum:
Just remembered, WD have HDDs specifically designed for use in AV equipment - WD AV
and the WD AV-GP
I know you've said you're not that bothered with a display but you might find it useful when you just want to listen to music. A VFD display should give you enough info to allow you to navigate directories to get to your MP3/OGG/WMA files, provide info on what is currently playing, indicate whether there's any email waiting, system status, etc, etc without having to turn on a monitor/TV. They're a lot cheaper than an LCD and don't add that much to the cost of a decent HTPC case.Silverstone
are arguably the most popular when it comes to HTPC enclosures. But there's also Zalman, ThermalTake, CoolerMaster, etc - the one thing I do recommend though is, unless you have a preference for black, get silver - it will save on an awful lot of dusting
Also, a question I have been pondering, would it be best to run 64-bit or 32-bit? This will be a specialized PC and won't require any special applications besides snapstream and tversity. Thoughts?
Apart from giving you access to the extra 512MB of RAM you lose using 32bit, (assuming 4GB), AFAICT there's no advantage to using a 64bit system because both TVersity and BeyondTV are only 32bit aren't they?