SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Watching Cable/DVD's/BR's, Listening to music, Burning DVD's/CD's, Storage, Surfing/email, General living room use) Going to run audio directly to amp then out to 5.1 surround, and video directly to TV.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (Need everything)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ( newegg.com)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: (Samsung 50" 1080p)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (I would like a quiet/reliable/HTPC that is completely capable of handling anything I throw at it)
Proposed Parts List:
Case--Antec Black Aluminum / Steel Fusion Remote Black Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
OP--Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 32-bit for System Builders
I don't think the Freezer 7 will fit in the Antec fusion case. Maybe go with a lower profile cooler like the Scythe mini ninja or shuriken?
Also, consider the new E6300 over the E7400. Same clock speed, only 1MB less L2 cache, $40 less.
I used to use the Logitech 710 for my HTPC and didn't like it. I went to a keyboard with built in trackball and like it much better since it's a lot more 'couch friendly' than using a mouse. Plus the keyboard has shortcut keys on the side edges and every time you pick it up you'll open things like MS paint etc.
You could also save some money with a quiet actively cooled PSU (Seasonic, Corsair, Antec EW). They're completely inaudible from 10' away.
Depends on what you're doing... do you really need the quad? That's going to not only cost a bit more, but produce a good amount of excess heat and consume quiet a bit of power. However, if you're going to be ripping and encoding (you only state that you're going to burn and watch) things, the quad will be well worth it...
As for the drives, might be a better (and cheaper, faster) idea to RAID a couple of 1TB drives. 2 1TB drives would only be $180 shipped, while 1 2TB drive is $230 shipped. I personally would get 3x 1TB drives and put them in a RAID-0 (or get 4x 1TB and put them in RAID-5 for fault tolerance) for the speed -- much better performance and space for the dollar as well.
A 4850 is really overkill for a HTPC unless you intend to do gaming. If you're not gaming or anything, just go back to the 4670 - that's plenty of muscle, and then some.
As for the power supply, if you aren't going to use the rebate, that unit is not worth $105.
IMO, this unit is a lot better (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)...
Instead of having to worry about how many amps each device is pulling from it's 12V rail, PC&C units have only 1 12V rail -- 49A of power.
I went with a full ATX platform so as leave open future graphix card expansion options. This also gave me plenty of room for air cooling flow control and sound deadening foam. The case that I used is a Lian Li C32 which is a rack mount. There new version is the one that I was looking for but was not available at the time. It has the hot swap H.D. cage and ESATA port on the front. It is a big 4u case and sticks 1" out from the back of the entertainment furniture but has the same height, width and color as my AVR. The depth of the case allows the warmed air to be released outside of the entertainment center from that 1" protrusion. That protrusion also allows me to patch cable the equipment without having to pull the equipment out from the rack which is real handy. This being a full ATX case, it has two 120mm fans mounted mid case so with a little acoustical foam I was able to separate the front chamber of the case from the rear so that there was a positive sequential flow of air through the case that was then deposited outside the entertainment console in to the greater room. The fan rarely comes on. The processor that I used is a Phenom 9350e which has 65 TDW is a quad core and operates at 2 Ghz. I have not been restrained in the number of applications I can run at one time or in my ability to expand hardware. I really enjoy its power and how cool it runs. I also use a Silverstone Imon display which has a IR receiver for the DVR functions remote control. A wireless keyboard with a integrated mouse is essential. I bought a Gene at amazon.com for $65. It works great.