- Case: SilverStone PT12B super slim Mini-ITX
- Motherboard: Intel DQ77KB low profile Mini-ITX
- CPU: Intel Core i3-3225 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz dual-core
- Cooling: Intel HTS1155LP CPU cooler
- Memory: Kingston KHX1600C9S3P1K2/8G DDR3 1600 SO-DIMM
- Primary Storage: Mushkin MKNSSDAT120GB-DX mSATA
- Secondary Storage: OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSD
- Power Supply: Antec SNP90 slim notebook power adapter
The SilverStone case pictured above is really small and cleanly designed. The case front from left to right is: air intake, power switch, reset switch, power LED, HDD LED, slim DVD bay. There's no front USB, audio, FireWire, or labeling. Clean is how I like it. This is reflected on the inside of the case as well. This requires an external 19V DC power brick that connects into the back of the motherboard, so there's no internal power supply, only the brick and DC to DC conversion on the motherboard itself. The left side of the case is specifically designed for Intel's HTS1155LP heat pipe, heat sink, and blower assembly. This seems to cool my 55W TDP Core i3 well enough. I don't think I'd try a >65W TDP CPU in this form factor. The Antec 90W external power brick is tiny and works great.
This is also my first experience actually using Intel HD graphics for anything at all intensive. My CPU features the more capable HD 4000. Newer games like Borderlands 2 are borderline playable at lower quality 720p. Older games like L4D2 are quite playable at 720p. Basically, high end Intel graphics are a 720p, low to medium quality gaming solution. This machine will spend most of its life streaming video at 1080p (or less), and for that it should work splendidly. This is an expensive solution for that, but a lower spec CPU and smaller SSD would work fine for HTPC use.