I'm looking at building a HTPC. I'll try to fill out the standard formula here as best I can, but notice that I live in Denmark so I can't really link to the site where I'll be buying components from since that will be in danish.
Edited: Put on some links for items from newegg, notice that I wont be buying from that site, but just so that we know what we're talking about.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Probably within a month or so
BUDGET RANGE: Around 600$, however notice that components are a little more expensive for me (Denmark) than if I bought in the US.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Media on the Internet (Youtube, news broadcasts, last.fm, ...), general internet surfing,
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Using multiple danish sites, don't want to link...
PARTS PREFERENCES: I'm considering the following parts:
GFX: Perhaps a Radeon HD 4650 based one, if the integrated one isn't good enough
MONITOR RESOLUTION: It will be plugged to a 720p TV.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: It's for the living room so should be quiet. Not sure if I should just go for the Acer Aspire Revo3600, but I'm concerned about the HD video playback reviews it's getting. It doesn't need to be extremely small, but I would prefer a micro atx case, because that's not too large either.
I wonder if the PSU is good enough? Also, the motherboard I'm looking at has an integrated gfx card. Will that do? Or should I get a decent seperate gfx card? Not sure if that's necessary since I don't need 3d gaming capabilities. Would I need a better PSU if I went for a seperate gfx card?
As for the GFX card, I've now looked through the list of recommended cards, and I might just go for the cheapest upgrade: A Radeon HD 4650 based one.
But again? Will it help me much? Perhaps the CPU is powerful enough that I don't need a gfx card. I think I might be planning on just trying without one at first, and see if the system performs well enough on its own.
Also I'm a little intrigued by the smaller Antec NSK1480 - EC case. But I'm concerned if there will be enough room in that one for adding a GFX card should I need one. Any advice on how to find out?
Okay I personally own the older aspire r1600 and with the right software its more than enough as a HTPC. Mine is only a single core 1.6ghz. The r3600 is a duel core 1.6. If you look around you can find a program to OC the processor to about 2.0 ghz thats where I have mine atm. Get the adobe flash 10.1 beta or the release when it comes out after the first of the years. That fixes 99.9% of the flash issues. As to running mkv's etc. Yet again look around theres a nice program called WMP:media center that offloads to the ION chipset. Mine does everything I wanted it to and it only set me back about 200 dollars US. Just wish I could turn off the damn power button light. Hell I even have a hacked up blu ray drive that I use with it.
With that said, the 785g's built-in graphics processor is also more than capable of handling your video-playback needs no matter what dual-core Athlon II you plop into it I don't think the board you've picked has any dedicated memory for the graphics processor, however, and I think you might want to get a board that does, eg the ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO.
I'm afraid I can't comment on the rest... but good luck!