Review my 2014 entry level htpc / light gaming build

Hi,

This will be my first ever build! I love the Silverstone GD04 case!

I need a HTPC in my lounge that can handle some light gaming. Going use it for Netflix, other streaming sites, Steam in Big picture mode and maybe setup SteamBox OS when down the line.

Also, would like to consider ability to add PS3 controllers and go through some older beat em ups like Streetfighter, Marvel vs Capcom, Tekken 4, etc.

Using Harmony One to control, build below does not include IR, I cannot find it in PCPartPicker. I already have a 3tb Seagate drive that I will add in to the mix.

Also, I read on another thread that the Silverstone case may require a fan controller. Let me know your thoughts.

OS will be Windows 8.1, I can get the Student Edition for £50, also not available in PCPartPicker. I think I need to add another £10 for media center. But is it necessary - can I not get XMBC softward for free?


Thanks and much appreicated!

A


http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/Arasa/saved/3v5r

CPU Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core £129.87
Motherboard MSI Z87M-G43 Micro ATX LGA1150 £74.24
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 £62.99
Storage Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" SSD £61.20
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB £137.31
Case Silverstone SST-GD04B-USB3.0 (Black) HTPC £76.85
Power Supply Corsair 500W ATX12V £46.71
Total: £589.17
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  1. That's quite powerful, very nice.
  2. I have 2 HTPCs, Windows media center is only necessary if you are using this as your cable box and you live in the US. If your TV provider uses cablecard tech then windows media center is the only solution.

    I use my xbox 360 with a PC running WMC for cable and I use a dedicated XBMC box for everything else in the living room. In other countries you could even get away with running XBMC's pvr frontend and have an all in one box. I do hear that getting netflix and hulu working with XBMC addons isn't the greatest. For that I would just launch the hulu / netflix desktop application from the XBMC programs menu, or I might consider getting a roku 3 on the cheap and using those for commercial sites. You'll probably have a much better experience.

    My vote is XBMC + whatever else you need (WMC on a different input, roku 3, whatevs)
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