Thanks for the good comments.
Clarification, I won't put 3*3.5 disks there, just one disk and perhaps even 2.5". I sepearately run 3 WD GPs on my other system and they perform nicely.
How is the DG45FC for HD playback
? I read in the renethx HTPC build guide
@ AVS that it's not beefy enough for post-processing and can't output 24p in 'excellent' form. I'm not sure if that guide is up-to-date/correct on that.
Thanks for the tip on the audio output issue on the board. Not a problem for me (yet), but good to know.
I'll keep researching for a while, before I make a purchase.
Based on the measurements by Trustedreviews, I think the 9400 based GA-e7AUM-DS2h
might be even more worthwhile, although more expensive:
As for power consumption of DDR2 at various voltages, all I could find quickly was this:
Doesn't seem like there's a huge difference, but perhaps possible to shave off 8-10W if one chooses 1.6V chips, like the recent Geil Green Series.
(compared to the highest voltage 2.3V OC chips).
Additional comments are more than welcome.