I want to build an HTPC for college. I have compiled components (not purchased yet) that I believe are compatible and would make a decent HTPC. I have never put together a computer before, but I believe I am capable enough (with lots of reading of guides, manuals and some advice) I would like some input on the build I am considering, advice is also very welcomed.
Also in the future put something between the ] and [ so that your links work. For a HTPC your monitor resolution doesnt really matter, the HD4200 will be able to handle it fine for movies as long as you arent going to be playing games.
Depending on how big of a TV and assuming 1080P resolution, an integrated card might not be enough. Last year I put together a phenom X3 system that had a GeForce8200 chipset on the board. 4 GB RAM. I tested it out as a HTPC for my Samsung 46" 1080P LCDTV, and it couldn't handle full resolution. It worked at 720p just fine though. After putting in an older ATI GPU I had lying around, it did fine with 1080p also.
The HD4200 is a newer chipset, and it may work fine for your needs as hunter said. If you do run into issues, the cheapest low profile graphics card you can find will be all that you need.
Will that case work with the components i selected with the mobo and ram as the ones hunter suggested in his 1st response? I also noticed that the case i originally selected has a built in card reader and this one doesn't.
Apevia PSU arent that good, the case you originally selected appears to be able to use a full sized ATX PSU so you can just put the 400CX in there and it will work fine. I would never trust my system to an apevia PSU, if it comes with a cheap case then its a cheap PSUs and cheap PSUs can end up costing you far more than just a PSU replacement.