BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: £500 - £1000) Is this reasonable? This is kind of open. I just want the best solution possible with still being mindful of cost/benefit of what I am buying. Certainly not looking to spend more than £1500 though, and it has to be special for the budget to stretch that far.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: watching blueray discs, watching downloaded movies, listening to music, viewing pictures from and SD card or USB, browsing the web on occasion. I have Powerline LAN through the house, connected to a large capacity fileserver.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: None, starting a fresh, but may be able to harvest a case from something.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Doesnt matter, but Dabs is good, ebuyer is Bad, and dont suggest the local computer fair !!. The fewer suppliers the better tho.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.K.
PARTS PREFERENCES: none. again, i'm looking for everyone's help here. they just need to be whisper quiet once assembled, I dont want to have to run the TV at high volume just to hear the quiet bits. - If i have to use Win 7 i will, no way i will even entertain Vista, and I suspect i wont find an XP OEM disk at a reasonable cost now, Linux would be nice due to extremely quick start up times, however, a full tutorial will be needed.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: help?
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1080p, it will be connecting via HDMI to my Toshiba 42" 1080p LCD TV.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like the PC to be quiet, if possible. Size is not a major concern due to the possibility of the case harvest, but a smaller form factor would be better. What I am looking for here is a shopping list and instructions or a tutorial of some sort. I am an experienced PC builder, but have never spec'd or built an MCPC, HTPC.