Recently, due to compatibility issues, I had to return a drive for a refund at Newegg. Since it was so far after the purchase date, I was given store credit.
On the other side, I’ve been working with a Raspberry Pi computer to set up as a streaming machine. I have a B version of the original, which is no where as powerful as the new Raspberry Pi 2. In addition, it took a lot of tinkering to get it to run as I wished.
Between these two items I decided to use my $180 store credit to build a micro atx streaming machine. It actually came out to $155 and consists of the following parts. Pictures and build coming next week!
I already have 16gb of low voltage Samsung ddr3 laying around (also known as Magic Ram due to its insane overclockability)
This is the case/PSU combo I went with. the LOGISYS Computer CS6801BK Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 350W Power Supply , http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-148-068
It will fit in my entertainment center and will perfectly fit my parts. In addition it should be decent quality, yet runs at a decent price.
For storage, I went with the new to me, Silicon Power S60 3K P/E Cycle Toggle MLC 2.5″ 120GB 7mm SATA III 6Gb/s Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) , http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=0D9-0021-00005
It isn’t quite at my goal price of 30 cents per gigabyte, but it was close and it is hard to hit that achievable goal at this size of disk.
For a combination of cpu, video and motherboard, I chose the ASRock Q1900M Intel Quad-Core Celeron Processor J1900 Micro ATX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo , http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-157-513
This is a Celeron(!) quad core based micro atx board, with a fixed 2ghz cpu. It uses the cpu’s on-board video to drive at least 1080p. Combined with my other parts, this should work excellently.