So I'm doing my first real HTPC build since I recently dumped Cable TV and just have Hulu and Netflix.
My question now is what would be a good CPU for this task. The most extensive task I can think that I'll do with this machine is play Blu-Ray video. No gaming. Maybe some light video encoding, but not much (so a dual core would also be considered).
Here's my parameters:
Fewest fans possible, or at least the least amount of noise possible.
I'm not going to be overclocking, so stock parts are OK
Fair basic build, 1 HD, 1 optical drive, about 4 GB of memory, etc.
Would prefer integrated graphics unless theres a really good reason to put a dedicated graphics card in--Like I said, no gaming, just play back mostly
May be used for surfing (which shouldn't really matter)
Will be running Windows 7 Pro (or Home Premium, haven't decided)
What would people recommend? I'm normally an Intel fan (mainly because I do CAD and programming which Intel is preferred most of the time), but will consider AMD if the price makes it worth it and it's stable.
I'd say my budget is about $300 for this (not including software, because I already have it). I also have the hard drive, optical drive, case and PSU (the case can hold a MicroATX or ITX board), and I think the PSU is a 350 watt. So I'm really looking for suggestions on a good board+CPU combo.
I don't need a flashy mobo, just something that can hold at least 4GB DDR3 stick of memory, have a PCI-E x16 slot (a must for future upgrades) but also be a small form factor mobo, like an ITX or MicroATX.