I have been extremely intrigued by the idea of building an HTPC, they seem rather versatile for a very reasonable budget. So far I have priced out what appears to be a decent rig for price/performance. I have never built an HTPC before, mostly gaming PC's and a home use machines for clients--that being said, I could use a few pointers when it comes to HTPC hardware (as far as what is necessary or not necessary).
Bottom line price is $509.95 right now...which is acceptable; however I am open to suggestion here. I am really trying to keep price/performance in line here...but if I were to go a bit above and beyond I would keep it on the graphics end.
(Shortstuff, I found a similar combo with a 2.9ghz cpu rather than 2.8ghz for about $15 cheaper! Sweet.)
Thanks for the quick responses! I was pretty sure I kinda had some overkill as far as the board and CPU go--but is onboard video really good enough? I have never tried to get away with on-board video because TBH, video cards are fairly cheap--but do a better job.
I will check out these links and re-post once I have a new configuration that seems acceptable! Thanks
Didn't see your question about OS! I have nearly every microsoft OS on hand in both 32 and 64 bit--I plan to run Win7 Ultimate 64 on this HTPC though. It is really efficient, and why not use the latest OS yah?
Thanks a ton for the good advice. I was going to run 4 gigs of memory originally, but was trying to keep costs around 500 since it is strictly going to be an HTPC. Now that I have a better priced cpu/mobo/video situation I can get a better case and more ram!
Yes, the 785G will easily handle Blu Ray playback. I think the money saved from not getting a GPU would be better spent upgrading to 4GB of RAM and the Antec Fusion case which comes with an 80+ certified PSU and remote.