Quick links!! - October 27, 2010: Casing - November 2, 2010: RAM Arrived! - December 3, 2010: Motherboard arrived & test setup! Hey guys Have long been thinking about doing an easy media center pc running Linux (Ubuntu) with Boxee on top, and have finally agreed doing that! I remember looking at motherboards with small form-factors a couple of years ago, but none of them really catched my interest. But now with the hundreds of nice mini-itx motherboards around, it's actually getting pretty hard to choose which one I should be using. However, two technologies has gotten my interest: Intel Atom and Nvidia ION. So after looking around, I have finally decided to use the Zotac IONITX-A motherboard. Why? - It has an 1.6GHz Atom 330 CPU and is based on the GeForce 9400 chipset.. This should be more than enough power to my little baby. - No internal PSU needed, as it will be powered by the following PSU-brick (as seen on laptops) - Runs relatively cool even without a fan on the heatsink. - Has HDMI 1.3 output which means it outputs both picture and audio! Nice! So, what case should I be using? Found a DAC-casing on eBay which should arrive from China today, so I can upload some pictures of it! It will be a tight one, since the internal width is only 180mm (where the mini-itx board is 170mm), but hey, that's nice! There will still be space for a 500GB Wester Digital 2.5" hard drive and an infrared receiver! Since the whole casing is aluminium, it will help the media center to be cool even without a fan. However, on the back, there will be a Skythe Mini-kaze 50mm fan that will help suck the warm air out of the case. So what I'll need for this little project: - Zotac IONITX-A - WD 500GB 2.5" HDD - Remote (Apple Remote) - Skythe Mini-kaze fan - Infrared receiver - 2GB DDR2 800mhz RAM Alrighty, already got some packages today with stuff needed.. Will be putting those in next reply!