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Hi, I'm in the running to build another htpc. My gfs laptop finally crapped out and have convinced her that if she got a small htpc, she could finally watch 1080p material with great sound biggrin.gif. I included the second hard drive so she could stream some movies and music through subsonic and air video to her family's ipads. She'll mostly be watching rips through xbmc.


Here's the planned build I have so far:
Antec ISK 300-65: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129068&cm_re=antec_mini_itx-_-11-129-068-_-Product
ASUS E35M1-I DELUXE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131698&cm_re=zacate_deluze-_-13-131-698-_-Product
Kingston SSDNow V100 64GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139418&cm_re=ssd_v100-_-20-139-418-_-Product

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136314

A couple questions:

Even though this motherboard is single channel, I can still use two sticks to get 4gb of RAM total correct?

How hard is it to swap out the optical drive? I was planning on getting a slim dvd drive now since prices for slim blu-ray drives are still a little expensive. Recommendations for either one is fine by the way. If it's a PITA to swap out the drives, I guess I could get a slim blu-ray drive

Should I go with the deluxe version of this mb or the pro?

Questions and concerns are welcome.
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You can run 2 sticks as long as it is under the capacity and speed limit of the board. It will just run in single channel mode instead of dual. Max is 8GB so 2x4GB sticks should run perfectly according to the specs listed in link.
Edited by Rick Arter - 4/19/11 at 7:34pm
    
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Ya you can use 2 sticks, just wont run as dual channel.
All ITX cases are a PITA :X part of the fun.
The mobo you linked is deactivated and the other version is microATX. I would just grab the asrock or sapphire.
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Originally Posted by kujon;13195936 
Should I go with the deluxe version of this mb or the pro?
Deluxe obviously. Pro is microATX so you can't fit that inside the Antec ISK-300. Not worth the asking price, though, unless you think the fact that it's fanless is worth the price premium. Go with the cheapest Zacate MB you can find. The ASRock at $110 is a good option.
Edited by rui-no-onna - 4/19/11 at 7:36pm
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Originally Posted by rui-no-onna;13196021 
Deluxe obviously. Pro is microATX so you can't fit that inside the Antec ISK-300.

doh.gif haha probably should have checked out the specs to the pro a little more closely. I just wanted to run 4 gb most effectively on the htpc for those asking about the memory

I also provided the link for a deactivated product just as a reference since newegg lists the items pretty conveniently

I also planned on putting in some temperature controlled fans to replace the fans on the case. So, anyone have experience dealing with putting in/taking out the slim optical drive in this case when everything is already installed?
Edited by kujon - 4/19/11 at 7:40pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rui-no-onna;13196021 
Deluxe obviously. Pro is microATX so you can't fit that inside the Antec ISK-300. Not worth the asking price, though, unless you think the fact that it's fanless is worth the price premium. Go with the cheapest Zacate MB you can find. The ASRock at $110 is a good option.
Darn I was gonna post that but for some reason thought the boards were not same oh well go posting.
    
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guess those deluxe board wont be available until at least another two months..sigh
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