I need some help to choose the right components for an HTPC.
We are two people at home, each one with a laptop, plus I have one powerful desktop PC and one 42" TV on the living room. I want an HTPC mainly to hook it to the TV via HDMI and play the movies directly from the HTPC, plus I want to store all my files in the HTPC and use it as a server so I can keep a common location for our files (therefore I would like the HTPC to be on 24/7). I don't need a lot of space, one 3TB hard drive it's enough for at least a couple of years, so at the moment I think a NAS is not necessary but I'm open to suggestions.
I don't play any games on my computer and at the moment I don't need a Blu-Ray drive, but I will buy one in the future, so for now the HTPC will only hold an SSD (or another hard drive for the OS) and a 3TB 3.5" HD (for data storage). I will backup to one external drive as I have been doing for quite a while. I will also connect the HTPC to the router (wired).
Summarizing, I need:
1. Play movies/videos without difficulty on a 42" 1080p TV through HDMI.
2. Low power consumption and quiet, it will be on 24/7.
3. Storage for all my files and wireless access from any computer in my network to these files.
4. Download torrents from this HTPC.
I've been reading a lot these days and a lot of people suggest a NAS and sometimes a NAS + HTPC. Given my needs I think its enough with an HTPC but I'm open to suggestions.
Approximate Purchase Date: Next week Budget Range: 600 maximum (the cheaper the better) System Usage from Most to Least Important: watching movies, torrent downloads, file server for 2 laptops (wireless) and 1 PC (wired). Are you buying a monitor: No Parts to Upgrade: Everything. New build Do you need to buy OS: No Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon Location: Madrid, Spain Parts Preferences: AMD Overclocking: No SLI or Crossfire: Don't know Your Monitor Resolution: 1080p TV Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC as it will be on 24/7 plus low power consumption And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I want a file server and HTPC to watch movies on my tv.
I'm still not sure about the processor. I don't know if it's better the AMD A10-5800K, the AMD A8-6500 or the AMD A8-6600K. They are about the same price, but only the A8-6500 is 65W. The A10 is trinity (I think older) than the two A8 which are Richland (newer) so maybe better. What do you guys think? Wisecracker in the post mentioned above suggested that an AMD A4-6300 will be enough for my needs but I want to be sure before I buy it. He also said that 4GB would be enough. What do you think?
Some people also suggest the an SSD it's not necessary as the system will be on 24/7 and SSD is mainly to improve boot time. What do you think?
Do you guys think is possible to play a BRRip (let's say 5GB) in one laptop that is accessing the server wirelessly?
Will the system proposed be ok for my needs? Please help me choose the right components.
Many thanks in advance and sorry for the long post and so many questions!