System Usage from Most to Least Important: Streaming movie/music library to multiple devices, backup from multiple pc's, internet browsing, possible DVR functionality in the future
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon but I'm open to reputable sites
Location: Augusta, Georgia
Parts Preferences: Intel
SLI or Crossfire: No
Additional Comments: This box will be in my entertainment center so quiet and cool are a priority. Low energy usage is also a plus. It's primary function will be streaming movies and music to multiple locations in the house.
I already own these components:
Case - Nmediapc htpc6000
HHD - 3 x 3tb Western Digital Red NAS
I'm looking for suggestions for everything else. Thanks.
Thank you for the suggestions. Another question - What are the pros and cons of a micro atx motherboard vs a full size atx motherboard?
t's mainly a question of size. mATX is smaller. The draw back is that it contains less slots (quite often it's 4 slots, 2 PCI and 1 of each PCI Express).
For a HTPC you can usually get2 tuners, 1 graphics and 1 sound card into a mATX (though some graphic cards are wider and occupy 2 slots). Most people with mATX usually go for onboard sound and/or graphics.