MD Newbie Pack Slim I
A PC to be used as a Media Director has specific requirements: a stylish case, low power requirements/heat emission, quiet operation (quiet fans or fanless heat sink), good graphic and sound output cards, and interfaces for input devices/remote controls (USB, wireless, Bluetooth, or USB-UIRT).
It does not need extensive processing power or RAM.
It does not need a large hard drive, since storage can be provided over the network from the Core or a NAS (network attached storage) device. It does need a DVD (optical) drive, since you will play DVDs through it.
Confirmed working with 0704.
- Small HiFi form factor
- Brushed aluminum front
- Clear design
- Plenty of outputs (component, HDMI, ..)
- low power usage
- UI2 capable (reported up to 720p)
See website for more details. Approx. $140 at Newegg.com.
Optical (DVD) drive
Pioneer (Bulk) DVR-K06 Slim Slot-In
Silverstone NT07-AM2 
NORTHQ NQ 3393 
2xDDR2 PC800 1GB
See website for details.
Also look for an integrated multimedia MB and case here.