Hi guys, first post here...thanks in advance for any advice. I've built PCs for years but never an HTPC yet.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next month
BUDGET: $1,000 MAX..prefer approx 650 (without any monitor of course)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Watching movies/TV shows off media center>gaming=keeping multiple firefox/chrome windows open with minimal lag
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, hard drive
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, anything reputable really
PARTS PREFERENCES: I don't care about AMD vs Intel--I do want a nice looking case that is QUIET
OVERCLOCKING: only if its easy (OC virgin) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Current monitor is max 1680x1050. TV is PDP-5020FD--IDK if that can go higher?
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like quiet PC with a remote control. I like that case they reviewed recently that looked like an old record player, but I could go for something that would look good next to a receiver, blu ray player etc as well.
Also would consider buying small SSD HD if it made booting up / everything that much quicker.
AMD Athlon II Regor 240 - $60 or less
780G or 785G motherboard with HDMI ($60 ish)
Decent RAM - probably could do with 2GB, but 4GB will set you back $50-$60.
Optical Drive - $25-30 (more if you want BluRay).
HDD - $50-$100 - depends on size and specs (I went 750GB Green because it was on sale, and will be quiet)
I bought the Antec FusionRemote 350 (includes the 350w PSU)