[WINDOWS] New hardware suggestions
My old HTPC is barely keeping up a lot of the time and I've gotten the OK from the wife to replace it (it's doing DXVA decoding on a PCI video card). The space in the TV stand where it would fit is only 4.5" high, so I'm fairly limited in what case I can get. I want the flexibility to do extra things on the system, although I don't plan on any gaming.

I'm trying to keep things around $300 total. This is my currently planned list (to be bought in ~3 weeks) and I am looking for improvements and caveats that I may have missed.

  1. Case -Antec Minuet 350 (A mere 3.8" high, and relatively open.)
  2. Video - Either Radeon 5450 or Geforce 210 (The Radeon supports a DirectX 11 and comes fanless, but the Geforce is dirt cheap.)
  3. Motherboard - ASUS P5G43T-M Pro (Not a lot of options for a Micro ATX with optical audio out and a more recent SATA controller)
  4. CPU - Celeron E3300 (Plenty fast and dirt cheap, plus all of the power saving options)
  5. RAM/HDD/etc - 2GB RAM, I'll probably use the existing HDD but I might get something recent, onboard audio)

Of course, if I could find slim case that supported an ATX board, that'd give me many more options for the motherboard.
Particularly, would the Radeon 5450 or Geforce 210 be a better option here?

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