HTPC Build Review

Hey there,

Can you folks provide some feedback on my potential build here? I'm completely open to suggestions.

Thanks In Advance

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before the end of the year


My goal is to have a HTPC to connect to my Yamaha RX-V2700 Receiver that would run Windows 7 Media Center to serve some internet content. This would also serve content to the DirecTV HR2x devices via PlayOn or TVersity. Additionally, I would want this device to be used as a BlueRay player as well. The HTPC should output 1080p and Dolby 7.1. This system is intended to be housed in a 19'' A/V rack. I'll be controlling this system via an RF extender and a Universal Remote. Specifically an MX-980.
It would be a bonus to have a Windows Home Server running as a virtualized session in order to do three things. First, to backup all the PCs in the home. Secondly, to serve as the centralized media server for iTunes and Zune MP3 devices. Thirdly to backup all it's content in two places- external HD and the cloud via Carbonite or Mozy.
The build I'm considering is below. Do you think the onboard video and audio is enough? Am I missing anything (HD is a big WD drive)?

ASUS P5N7A-VM LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300/nForce 730i HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #:P5N7A-VM $119.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail
Model #:BX80570E8400
Item #:N82E16819115037 $167.99

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5 - Retail
Model #:TWIN2X4096-6400C5
Item #:N82E16820145184 $89.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
Model #:CMPSU-400CX
Item #:N82E16817139008 $49.99

LG Black Blu-ray Reader & 16x DVD Burner - Bulk SATA Model UH08LS10K LightScribe Support - OEM
Model #:UH08LS10K
Item #:N82E16827136174 $109.99

Antec Black Aluminum / Steel Fusion Remote Black Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case - Retail
Model #:Fusion Remote Black
Item #:N82E16811129054 $139.95

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**
No neew for a keyboar or mouse etc.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (e.g.:, -- to show us selection & pricing) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (e.g.: Grand Fenwick)
I'm a big fan of

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)

I'd like to stay with Intel parts and the Antec case.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes / No / Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes / No / Maybe

Just looking to keep things stock.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)
1080 Plaz

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC)
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  1. That build looks fine, but you could do a AMD build with similar performance for probably a bit cheaper and much better onboard video. The onboard video should be fine for a HTPC though. I would recommend a discrete sound card though since it is going to be used for HT.
    For the HDD( didn't understand if you needed one or not, got confused) So if you need one - If you are looking for the 1tb or under range get a Spinpoint f3 either 500gb or 1tb. If you want a 2tb get a Caviar Black, or 2xspinpoint f3
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