I am new to the build of HTPC and trying to build something for my friend and need some guidance. My buddy wants HTPC that he can connect to his Samsung 1080p 40" LCD and would like to play WOW on it. His main focus is WOW, surfing internet and watching Blu-ray movies. I am was looking at the AMD Phenom X3 or X4 procs and was wondering is that over kill. With that being said should I be concerned with the heat issue that AMD procs make and go Intel. We are not doing solid state because that is out of his budget and looking at 2x Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Drives. Of coarse Ram is dependent on MOBO Board and the PSU I am not sure what I would need to power it and would be low on noise. Your advice would greatly appreciated.
His budget is no more than $1100-1300. As mentioned his monitor will be his Samsung TV. I don't know the model number but it is 40" 1080p at 60hz. I see you point at the post "How to ask for new build advice" I would get tired at reading the paragraph. As for the card I did see it but should I be looking for a low profile card due to the case? Should I be looking at HDCP cards?
I personally would steer away from media center cases. Many of them are going to be too small for a good GPU, and are often more expensive. With the wide variety of regular cases, you should be able to find a small case that will fit your size needs, and won't look too crazy.