Not sure if this is the right place in the forum, but it could fit in several sections.
I am pricing out a HTPC build. I want to watch ATSC as well as streaming video from someplace like netflix. I also want the DVR capability. Please look at this and let me know what you think. I am new to HTPC's, though not new to building comps. Thanks for your help in advance.
I am not sure about the PSU. Don't need anything really powerful. Also the case. I am not sure if it is worth the extra money for the LCD display. There is a case that is very similar for about $100 less that does not have an LCD Display. That is the cheapest PC2 8500 set I could find. Is the Tuner any good? I think the Vid Card is fine for my application. Thanks again for the help.
Thanks. I have made those changes. Went with the Seasonic PSU. Not to worried about modular. What do you think about the LCD on the case? And the TV Tuner? I have not been able to find much bad about it.
My case has that exact same LCD and remote control. I like it.
If you plan on using Vista, make sure you go to the Soundgraph iMON website and download the beta iMON 7.0 software because the official 6.0 software is really buggy in Vista. That particular LCD lets you change the font and size of the text, which helps a lot because it can be hard to read from across the room. It's very nice to have the display, it's kind of cool how it scrolls the name of the DVD you're watching or the name of the TV program that is on. It also displays the time when the HTPC is turned off or in S3 sleep. The only thing about the LCD that drove me nuts at first was that as soon as power is supplied to the motherboard (PSU is turned on), the backlight for the LCD turns on and does not turn off. Until you have installed the iMon software/drivers, it will do this. I wasted a bunch of time trying to figure out why it was staying on even when the computer was off because I didn't want a glowing blue LCD on all the time before I had installed all my software. Once the iMon software is installed, by default it turns off the LCD backlight.
I don't have any personal experience with the tuner you've chosen so I can't comment on that item.
Since the case comes with a remote, you can search for an OEM (white box) version of the tuner you selected, or go with one that doesn't come with a remote so you aren't paying for 2 remotes. Maybe consider the Avermedia M780 for $84.99?
Plus, your RAM is on sale at newegg with $40 off right now:
my opinion is that for an HTPC, you don't really want to use any more power than you need to, to keep heat down. So maybe I'd use a E2180 or E4300 instead of a E6x00 or E6x50 chip. I'm not sure the 4MB cache of a 6550 would even do anything for you on a HTPC. And I'd be using less expensive RAM because overclocking equals heat and even the FSB1333 work perfectly fine with DDR-667 (or DDR-800 since it's about the same price and more plentiful). DDR-1066 (PC8500 I think) has a big price premium. Use the money you save on some dynamat and maybe a silent, fanless CPU or maybe a fanless cpu heatsink.