After reading a few reviews at spcr and checking out what is available over here, I landed on the configuration below. Any feedback?
Streacom IR-Reciever& Remote Control $34
Corsair Value S. DDR3 1333MHz 8GB KIT $102
Streacom FC5B WS EVO $306 ("EVO" supposedly supports 95W TDP?)
Streacom NANO150 PSU Adaptor $118 (is this all I need?)
Streacom ST-OB2 DVD±RW/Blu-Ray Reader $127 (obnoxiously expensive slim BD. Hopefully not too noisy)
Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB 2.5" OEM $204
Speed-Link SCION Trackball Media Keyboar $85 (compact wireless keyboards with integrated trackball are few and far between. Info on reach and battery life is nearly impossible to come by)
Intel Core i5-4570S Processor $246 (the power of Haswell along with 65W TDP)
ASUS H81I-PLUS, Socket-1150 $110 (this model was a lot cheaper than other mobos. Hope that it will fit the case)
"Recommended CPU TDP 65W, Max TDP 95W As with any passive cooling solution, environmental conditions will have an impact on the performance. A TDP of 95W is only recommended when the chassis is placed in a location with adequate air flow and moderate ambient room temperature."
I use my living-room PC for HD film and music playback, for tv streaming and for viewing images (Adobe Lightroom). My old Silverstone/Core2 duo is getting slow and while it was low-noise for its time, it seems that I can go entirely noiseless today.
I want a generic PC/software solution so that I can tackle whatever media I might throw at it for the next few years without having to transcode.
Storage is taken care of by a NAS/gigabit ethernet.