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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?
Achromatia II
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Intel Core i7 930 @ 4.0GHz (1.30v) Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 2x XFX Radeon HD 5850 @ 950/1100 (1.20v) 24 GB Patriot Viper II Sector 7 
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Achromatia II
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Intel Core i7 930 @ 4.0GHz (1.30v) Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 2x XFX Radeon HD 5850 @ 950/1100 (1.20v) 24 GB Patriot Viper II Sector 7 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingOS
Intel X25-M 80GB + WD Caviar Black 1TB + WD 320GB XSPC Rasa CPU Block (copper+acetal) + XSPC RX360 2x EK-VGA Supreme HF (copper+acetal) Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
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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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Core i5 2500k GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Rev. 1.3 HIS HD7870 2GB IceQ Boost GHz Edition G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Intel X25-M 80GB SSD Seagate 2TB ST2000DM001 DVD-RW Prolimatech Megahalems 
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Windows 7 Professional x64  Acer S230HLAbii Acer P215H Logitech G15 Rev. 2 
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Corsair CX 500 V2 Xigmatek Asgard II Logitech M500 Logitech Z313 
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TV Wonder 650 
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Intel G850 MSI H67MS-E33 SpecTek 4GB Western Digital Green 1.5TB 
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Crucial M4  Sata DVD RW Stock Windows 7 Pro x64 
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Samsung 20in LED  logitech ex100 Cooler Master 500 watt Rosewill FBM-01  
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logitech ex100 TV Wonder 600 USB 
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AMD C-50 1GHz APU AMD A40/A50 Series FCH HD 6250 3GB DDR3 
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OCZ Agility 2 DVD Multidrive Windows 7 Home Premium x64 15.6in WXGA LCD 
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Core i5 2500k GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Rev. 1.3 HIS HD7870 2GB IceQ Boost GHz Edition G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB 
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Intel X25-M 80GB SSD Seagate 2TB ST2000DM001 DVD-RW Prolimatech Megahalems 
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Windows 7 Professional x64  Acer S230HLAbii Acer P215H Logitech G15 Rev. 2 
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TV Wonder 650 
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Intel G850 MSI H67MS-E33 SpecTek 4GB Western Digital Green 1.5TB 
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Crucial M4  Sata DVD RW Stock Windows 7 Pro x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 20in LED  logitech ex100 Cooler Master 500 watt Rosewill FBM-01  
MouseOther
logitech ex100 TV Wonder 600 USB 
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AMD C-50 1GHz APU AMD A40/A50 Series FCH HD 6250 3GB DDR3 
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OCZ Agility 2 DVD Multidrive Windows 7 Home Premium x64 15.6in WXGA LCD 
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post #3 of 7
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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i7 3930K @ 4.7ghz Asus Rampage IV Extreme MSI GTX 780 Lightning Corsair DOMINATOR 1866 
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Vertex 3 MaxIOPS Western Digital Caviar Black Lite-On DVD/CD R/W Corsair H100 
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Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit HP ZR24w x3 Filco Majestouch 2 Tenkeyless (MX Red) Corsair AX850 
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Astro A40 (wired) + Mixamp AP-15 x 6 
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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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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 
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AMD E-350 APU (Fusion) ASUS E35M1-I DELUXE Fusion APU G Skill Ripjaw 2x4gb 1066 c9 
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WDC Black 1TB x 6 Samsung Blu-Ray Combo Drive Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Samsung 46" HDTV 
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Smallest possable htpc- raseberry pi. They say it can play 1080p video.
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AMD Phenom II X4 B55 Biostar A880GZ  AMD Radeon HD 4250 iGPU 8GB (2x4GB) Patriot Sector 5 DDR3 
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (ST1000DM003) Western Digital Caviar SE 250GB Seagate External 1TB LG DVD Burner 
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (ST1000DM003) Western Digital Caviar SE 250GB Seagate External 1TB LG DVD Burner 
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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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Noctua NF-P12 Win 8 Linux 2X 19" Rosewill R912E + 1X 19" Acer AL1916 
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Hp thing Seasonic X750 Cooler Master Storm Trooper logitechPerformace MX 
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i5-2500k Asus Sabertooth P67 ATI 5870  Mushkin Blackline Ridgeback 4x4g 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
2x Intel X25-V 40gb, OCZ Agility 3, Samsung 500gb LG dvd/cd combo H50 + NF-P12 p/p Noctua NF-P14 x 5 
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Noctua NF-P12 Win 8 Linux 2X 19" Rosewill R912E + 1X 19" Acer AL1916 
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Hp thing Seasonic X750 Cooler Master Storm Trooper logitechPerformace MX 
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Foxconn NTA350
 
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i5 2500k MSI Z77A-GD65 MSI GTX 560 Ti 16GB Corsair Vengence DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
90GB Corsair Force Series 3 Western Digital Green 1TB Samsung F3 1TB Microcenter 64GB SSD 
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Samsung 18x SATA DVD Burner Corsair H100i 4 x Corsair AC120 fans 2 x Corsair SP120 fans 
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Windows 8 Pro Ubuntu 12.04 19" Acer Logitech G15 
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Corsair HX750 Corsair Carbide 500R Logitech MX518 
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AMD A6-3650 Biostar A75M Radeon 6540 G.Skill 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
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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i5 2500k MSI Z77A-GD65 MSI GTX 560 Ti 16GB Corsair Vengence DDR3 1600 
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90GB Corsair Force Series 3 Western Digital Green 1TB Samsung F3 1TB Microcenter 64GB SSD 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung 18x SATA DVD Burner Corsair H100i 4 x Corsair AC120 fans 2 x Corsair SP120 fans 
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Windows 8 Pro Ubuntu 12.04 19" Acer Logitech G15 
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Corsair HX750 Corsair Carbide 500R Logitech MX518 
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AMD A6-3650 Biostar A75M Radeon 6540 G.Skill 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Agility 3 60GB Samsung 1.5TB WD 640GB Blue Microcenter 64GB SSD 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Stock Windows 7 32 Bit Winbook 37" HDTV Lenovo n5902a / Logitech Harmony 650 / FLiRC 
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