Happy New Year all
I'm looking to put together a PC to (mainly) act as media centre/server, but would also need to run office apps & occasional games (not bleeding edge though).
I'm leaning towards the AMD64 939 platform, and reckon the requirements are as follows:
Stability & silent running are top priority
PCIe x16 slot - for future proofing.
PCI slots - at least 2 and preferably, 3 for TV Tuner, WiFi & decent sound. These last two could be incorp into the board - which would be a bonus.
SATA - would be nice to have SATA2, but don't see this as vital.
RAID/JBOD - again, a nice to have, but not vital.
USB2 - Min 4
Firewire - Would be nice to have 1394b, but again not vital.
Above all else, I need this to be quiet/silent - so passive chip cooling is good, as is active fan control etc.
I'd love all this to be available on a mATX board, but am happy with ATX if needed. Do I need to mention that cost is also a factor?