The big question is what kind of power do I need? I would prefer to go with a modular PSU for airflow reasons but I find that option is not available until the higher wattages. So here is what I have chosen modular and non.
Not really knowing all the cards and options I might add and have not listed here I went to http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngineTHANKS TECMO34!! and the result was 446W but the criteria I entered was extreme for my build but nothing gamer related.
Any help is greatly appreciated. If anything I have chosen is overkill or flat out wrong please let me know.
Go with gkay's Seasonic suggestion. Seasonic is who makes the Corsair's that you listed BTW so quality & acoustics are going to be the same. 430W is plenty for HTPC.
The build looks really good. There is a Gigabyte 785G board (GA-MA785GPMT-UD2H) that is $5 more than the one you selected that comes with 128MB sideport memory if that interests you. Maybe try to sneak a blu-ray drive in there? Read-only BD-ROM drives are around $70 now.
Also, keep room in your budget for software. I highly recommend Slysoft AnyDVD HD and TotalMedia Theatre 3 Platinum for blu-ray ripping/playing. For DVD's only you are good to go without extra software.
@gkay and huron -- Thanks, I think I will go with the seasonic. With the suggestion of the Antec cases I started to look at them as I had not considered them before and just came to a sudden and painful realization. The cases I am looking at are HUGE!! Too big, way too big. I have to reconsider cases altogether. I want this thing to be in my entertainment center not beside it on it's own freakin stand.
@rwpritchett -- Yup, still at it. As you may tell I bagged the idea of the Xonar. My main use for the HTPC is to store all our DVDs and I was finding that it did do real well with the bitstream but was dicey with DVD playback in general. Oh well. I was thinking about the side port mobo and might as well cough up the extra $5 LOL. As for blu-ray or not to blu-ray. I dunno.
I did do a trial of the AnyDVD HD but as a trial it did not let me have access to the blu-ray portion but it did run pretty slick. A little on the spendy side but I might just get it.
As far as OS I will go with Windows 7 when available, maybe Vista Home Premium with an upgrade to 7. However I think I am going to use XBMC as the media center. I am also waiting for my free Ubuntu live CD to arrive and will play around with that to see if I want to go Linux. Of course, I know zero about linux.
I think I am going to start buying parts and continue looking at smaller cases.
OH! Any suggestions on a TV tuner?
Thanks for the help guys.
I just recently got the Antec MicroFusion 350 (includes the 350w PSU). It's a really nice little case - takes a little effort to build in there, but it is designed well and is about the size of a VCR. You can only fit MicroATX in there, so you'd have to make sure you have the right motherboard.
I'd recommend the Hauppauge 2250 for a tuner - dual digital and one analog. It's MCE friendly as well.