Yet another ITX build.. well hopefully not quite.. Whilst there's a lot of off the shelf solutions, and run of the mill ITX cases about , frustratingly non of them tick all the boxes for what I'm after, especially in regards to size, with most ITX cases caterering or graphcis cards, PSU's and the like. and hopefully i'm not alone: I won't go into every requirement, but essentially: Small, attractive, CHEAP htpc / bedroom PC, able to play some basic games, and play DVDs. For the most part it will be running XBMC, controlled by both an IR remote, and via Wifi over android XBMC app. One of the requirements for the later is the ability to be woken over Wireless (WoWLAN) Will also be streaming things not available through XMBC, and playing my FLAC collection through an external Usb sound card, and likely foobar for that. Trying to keep the cabling to an absolute minimum, so will be integrating IR into the case, using my existing Haupagge setup, which will be a bit of a modding exersize I guess. .. PARTS: CASE: I'll start off with the case, which was the most dififcult to find something suitable local: http://www.minicase.net/product_E-Q5.html A Realan E-Q5 Hopefully in black, (but we'll see if the msg through), which is on its way from Hong Kong as I type. These go for varying amounts in various configurations (with/without internal Power supplies on Aliexpress This one was $62 shipped , and is a bare case, with no PSU. A tad expensive, but local options were extremely limited. The only option available locally was plasticy and ugly, and still $45 This is a snug fit around the ITX MB, wth a bit of wasted space where its optional power supply goes up front. ITX mb size: 17 x 17 Case Size (floorpan) 20 x 22.5 ultimatly though, not getting much smaller than this with an ITX board, not unless it's some sort of tardis case. Height is where a compromise has to be made in order to go optical. ditching the DVD would have dropped the case height from 80mm to 56mm of the Q6: http://www.minicase.net/product_E-Q6.html This case supposedly comes with the DVD and HDD mounting brackets, but we'll see when gets here! Motherboard and CPU: so after a lot of debating in my head, I settled on this combo: Asrock AM1H-ITX with DC jack input : $66 AMD Athlon 5350 QC APU with 25w TDP $64 The main factor that made this the best value option was the DC input. This allows me to use one of the many laptop PSU's I have lying around. The second factor is the inclusion of a mini-pcie slot. Given no other boards have Wifi anywhere near this pricepoint, and the desired chassis has no pci-e slot this should hopefully work out ideal. Now this case as mentioned has an option for a built in PSU but tbh it looks a bit dodgy, and does add $40 to the cost, so DC input is not super critical, but it is nice. The 5350 is a Quad core, top of the AM1 lineup.. given the budgetary constraints I could have , maybe even should have opted for 5150 @$49 RAM: 4G Hynix IR Remote : An existing Hauppage MCE remote with USB reciever.. The plan here is to disassemble and integrate inside the case. What are peoples thoughts on aternate (i.e bluetooth) remotes? Being an existing remote this option is likely what i'm going to stick with but depends how cheap an alternative is. I will be adding a bluetooth keyboard regardless, wondering what solutions are about that do both well.. DVD-R: for now, just one I already had on hand - Parts Still to aquire: SSD: Samsung EVO 120 WLAN card: Mini pci-e with WoWLAN Support! anyone with suggestions here? , know a card that definatly supports it? Condensed parts lis: Case: Reallan E-Q5 $62 shipped MB: Asrock AM1H-ITX with DC jack input : $66 APU:AMD Athlon 5350 QC APU with 25w TDP $64 RAM:Hynix single 4GB DDR3 1600: $41 HDD: Samsung EVO 840 $78 WLAN: Intel 7360 Dual band /w Bluetooth 4.0 $23 DVD-r Existing Total so far: $336 Will update as I go. Will pick up SSD this arvo I think. The build itself will probably be pretty uninteresting, bar maybe getting the IR integrated and pending packaging issues into such a small case. I will try to analyse performance and thermal situation best as possible though.