The Windows 7 HTPC is all set up now:http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=12751851
$79.99 Antec ISK 300-65
Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case
$12.99 Scythe S-FLEX SFF80A
80mm Case Fan
$29.99 SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner
Black SATA Model SN-S083F/BEBE
$199.99 ZOTAC IONITX-P-E Intel Celeron SU2300
(1.2 GHz dual-core) NVIDIA ION Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
$65.99 Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR1066D3K2/4GR
$89.99 Intel X25-V
SSDSA2MP040G2K5 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$84.99 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
$15.99 IOGEAR GBU421W6 Bluetooth 2.1 USB Micro Adapter
$26.99 GIGABYTE GM-M7700B Noble Black 1 x Wheel Bluetooth Wireless Laser Compact Laptop Mouse
$78.99 Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 - Retail
So far, seems to work just fine with the drivers included with Windows, including wifi and the bluetooth stuff. The installation process went totally smoothly using a PS/2 keyboard. (Later, installed NVIDIA's drivers).Case:
I didn't find the ISK 300-65 to be difficult to work with. While the PSU cables are too long, there is a bunch of room in the front of the case, under the drives and above the power board, to wedge them. Wonderfully, the PSU cables include a slimline SATA power connector for the optical drive. Yay! In general, the case seems to me to be really thoughtfully designed.Noise:
The mobo fan can be slowed down in the BIOS to the point of near silence, as indicated in the review.
My one disappointment with this is that the (80mm, 1000 RPM) case fan hums noticeably (though not loudly). Not sure if this is because it is hard mounted, or just too fast. I plan on slowing it down with a Fan Mate at some point. It's not the room I sleep in, so it's not a big deal.
Also, as mentioned in the review, the power brick buzzes annoyingly when the system is off.Other notes:
Connected via HDMI to a really basic 1360x768 LCD TV.
Not too surprisingly, once the machine has gone to sleep, the bluetooth keyboard/mouse can't wake it up. So I just turned sleeping off in the Windows power config.