UPDATE 1: *** Decided to go with a modified The $400 "True Spirit of Mini-ITX" PC version of this build. I'm going to have to do some research and repost the potential build after work.***
UPDATE 2: *** Put together my list of parts, now I need critique. Had to sacrifice a lot of HD space...to make this build work. I think that I'll just add another HD in the future once prices come down or if needed. For now, we will just have to delete crap we don't use! ***
As noted in the updates above, I made some changes to my initial build and I would like your opinion on whether the parts used are sufficient, insufficient or overkill. Also, if there are better parts for the same/similar price, please let me know!
We will mainly be using this computer to watch TV, movies, web surf, and downloads. I often download videos that are 720/1080P, so I would like to make sure that the HTPC is capable of processing the video files without lag/issue. Also, is the PSU that comes with the case enough to run everything?
If you will do no gaming, you don't need the video card at all. The CPU has onboard graphics which is plenty for blu-ray playback.
I have the case, be aware its a pretty tight fit with the PSU and optical drive. Some longer optical drives may not fit.