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I need to select parts for the smallest possible HTPC about the size of a Mac mini. It doesn't have to be powerful, as it only needs to be able to do very simple web browsing.

Anyone have suggestions?
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All in one
http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=446&name=Motherboard-CPU-VGA-Combo

Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007583%20600006318&IsNodeId=1&name=Mini-ITX%20Tower
Edited by XAslanX - 5/6/12 at 12:51pm
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I think you'll want to look towards a mini-itx build. My HTPC uses the E-350 fusion platform. Check it out:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131698

The one linked has built-in wireless/bluetooth, and passive cooling on the APU - great for saving space.

Build upon that - you will add in some 1066 or 1333 ram, maybe a few F3/F4 drives for storage, a slim DVD/Blu-Ray drive, and a PSU.

The power supply is tough - I went with a fanless 400w seasonic that fit in my case, but just barely.

I think you will probably have the most trouble finding a mini-itx case that you like that has storage - unless you're using something like a NAS for that.

EDIT: Here's the case I fit all of mine in (sig-rig): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112265

It's not mac-mini size, but it's very modest. If you go smaller than that you will probably be looking at just a single storage drive, and that's not something I wanted in my build.
Edited by aesthetics1 - 5/6/12 at 12:54pm
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3930K @ 4.7ghz Asus Rampage IV Extreme MSI GTX 780 Lightning Corsair DOMINATOR 1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Vertex 3 MaxIOPS Western Digital Caviar Black Lite-On DVD/CD R/W Corsair H100 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit HP ZR24w x3 Filco Majestouch 2 Tenkeyless (MX Red) Corsair AX850 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
CoolerMaster HAF-X Steelseries Sensei Razer Destructor Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 
AudioOther
Astro A40 (wired) + Mixamp AP-15 x 6 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD E-350 APU (Fusion) ASUS E35M1-I DELUXE Fusion APU G Skill Ripjaw 2x4gb 1066 c9 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WDC Black 1TB x 6 Samsung Blu-Ray Combo Drive Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Samsung 46" HDTV 
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Seasonic 400w Fanless LIAN LI PC-Q08B 
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Smallest possable htpc- raseberry pi. They say it can play 1080p video.
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drop a line here: http://www.overclock.net/t/541767/club-for-those-with-beastly-matx-itx-rigs/0_2 They will point you in the right direction.

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90GB Corsair Force Series 3 Western Digital Green 1TB Samsung F3 1TB Microcenter 64GB SSD 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
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AMD A6-3650 Biostar A75M Radeon 6540 G.Skill 
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OCZ Agility 3 60GB Samsung 1.5TB WD 640GB Blue Microcenter 64GB SSD 
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Stock Windows 7 32 Bit Winbook 37" HDTV Lenovo n5902a / Logitech Harmony 650 / FLiRC 
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