I wanted to build a small PC to stream Netflix and Youtube on a TV. Looking into options, I first looked at purpose-built dongles, PCs. I didn’t like how stripped down their OS was, limited to certain “apps”, locked out of admin privileges. I decided to build my own x86 based HTPC. This would provide the most customization potential.
The build had to be compact, low-cost, powerful enough for video, and energy efficient.
Compact – Same size as other set-top boxes
Powerful – At least a quad-core processor at over 1.5GHz
Energy efficient – Consume under 50W
|Motherboard (Used)||ECS||ECS BAT-I2/J1900 V1.0||$40.00|
|19V Power supply (used)||N/A||N/A||$10.00|
|Female-Female SATA Cable||N/A||N/A||$4.75|
|SATA Cable (found)||N/A||N/A||$2.00|
|40mm Silent case fan||Blacknoise||Noise Blocker XM2||$11.00|