APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this month BUDGET RANGE: <$800 Cdn, After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: htpc (mediaportal, web surfing, email, bluray/dvd/cd ripping (no games)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I already have TV (Samsung 52"), Receiver/Amp (Integra Research RDC-7/RDA-7, Speakers 7.2 (Tannoy Saturn), Cablebox (SA8300HD), LogicTech 880 Remote Control, WD 1TB Green drive
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:newegg.ca or tigerdirect.ca COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
PARTS PREFERENCES: good looking htpc, size is not really an issue (the Integra Research amp alone is 115 lbs, so the stand is huge). I would like it quiet and reliable.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, but probably not (heat) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like the IR receiver built in to work with the Logictech. I would like a card reader in the chassis.
I am hoping that I can get by with the onboard GPU in the Clarkdale chip and the onboard audio, saving two cards and the associated power and heat. The htpc is served by a home network, so the newer SATA/USB standards in the H57 EVO mb didn't seem all that attractive.