A comment pointed me to another version of the Zotac IONITX board that is a bit more expensive, but also has a few more features.
The prices are based on November 24th, 2009.
- Case: Apex MI-008 ($39.99) – 250W is a bit overkill. I doubt this system will use more than 60W.
- Motherboard/Memory Combo: Zotac IONITX-F-E + 2x1GB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz SO-DIMM ($214.98) – The board has a 16x PCI-e and nVidia ION (GeForce 9400M) can enable Blu-ray playback. It also has an internal WiFi card (supposedly 802.11n) to make the network connection easy.
- Tuner: AVerTVHD Duet ($64.99) – Dual ATSC-only tuner.
- HDD: 1GB Western Digital Caviar Green ($84.99)
- OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit OEM ($104.99) – For Windows Media Center.
- Keyboard/Mouse: IOGear GKM561R Wireless RF mini keyboard/trackball ($48.99)
- Remote (optional): Anyware GP-IR01BK ($23.74)
- Optical Drive (optional): LITE-ON BD-ROM ($67.99) – I can do without this initially.
The total is $558.93 (without optional stuff). With 2% cashback, you get about $11.18 back (or one can try to find a better deal with other sites since with NewEgg, I’d have to pay a CA sales tax).
This setup is slightly more expensive than #4 using Zotac IONITX-G-E. But IONITX-F-E has (at least) two advantages. 1) WiFi and 2) digital S/PDIF (one optical and one coaxial).
I decided I really don’t need 64-bit OS and I think I can live with 2GB. Also, I think a wireless keyboard/mouse is a better choice than a remote.