We are thinking of building a HTPC, it won’t be used for much more than HD cable TV, net streaming and the usual music and picture storage/viewing. We want front USB3.0, more than two SATA sockets and preferably onboard WIFI (ac).
I had been looking for mITX motherboards and had picked the Asrock H97m-ITX/ac because it is H97 and has ac WIFI. I thought a Pentium G3320, 2x 3.0 GHz 53 watt would complete the combo.
I have ordered a cheap case that can accomodate both mITX and mATX boards so now I am thinking a mATX board might be an idea. However, if we go with a mATX we will also need to buy a WIFI solution
I have looked at a number of boards and because of the need to also buy WIFI, I have narrowed the search to two "cheaper" mATX Intel 1150 and FM2+ AMD boards.
Perhaps with an AMD A6-7400K Black Edition 2x 3.5GHz Kaveri 65 watt.
Also, I have been looking at PCIe WIFI cards and have narrowed it to the following two;
I would appreciate your views, is there a better MB-CPU combo, and it would be a big help if anyone has some thoughts to share about PCIe WIFI options.
Edit, for corrections.
Edited by Barnys, 08 September 2015 - 05:40 AM.