60 months ago
Budget: as low as possible.
Use (Gaming, Rendering, etc): HTPC.
Peripherals required (monitor, keyboard/mouse, etc): none.
Operating System required: none.
Form factor: mini itx.
Storage: SSD (120-250).
output: must have hdmi.
Optical: slim, if any...
other: wifi + blutooth.
I had my mind set on the AMD 5350 (quad core 2ghz 25watts tdp) to fit inside a NES console case but now I'm not sure anymore. Should I go with a dual core with higher clock rate? Should I pick an APU with super good integretad graphics with better cpu speed and sacrifice 2 cores? Should I give a shot to a cpu/apu that will produce more heat? how much heat can I accept before its too hot inside the NES?
I was looking at a quad core processor because I never buy with less than 4 cores. But sometimes I think 2 speedy cores could do the trick. The system has to have room for wifi/blutooth (integrated or add-on) so I was pleased to see some AM1 boards with mini-pcie slot. I do not want to make holes on the top of the case. Side vent would be acceptable. 2 sata would be sufficient, more than 2 is a bonus but I might not use them, ever
Now open to any suggestion that fits in a NES (mini itx only)