I plan on building a HTPC for my father and need to know what I will need for it. I have built a few pc's before but never a HTPC. I know many of the components are the same like cpu memory ect but I'm not exactly sure what all I will need to build one for him. If this is the wrong forum to ask this question please point me to the correct one. Thanks
An HTPC is the same as a regular PC. You don't need a whole lot of special parts. A large HDD is usually preferred, as is a efficient PSU and GPU (if needed). A BluRay reader is also a typical choice. A media center case is also an option, but I'm not fond of recommending them.
What's your budget? Will he use the PC for anything else? If you follow the guidelines from the link in my signature, we can point you to the exact parts you'll need.
Dont really have a budget atm I'm just trying to get a good Idea of what I will need to build one and what's involved. He will be using it on a big screen TV so I know it will need some decent GPU power, gaming he has a computer for that, just some net surfing and watching movies is mainly what he will be doing. Im heading over to that link you suggested. Thanks for the quick reply MadAdmiral.
Ok thanks. I'm thinkin this will make him a rather nice Christmas present this year. :-) Now that I have a better Idea of what's needed, I think I'll wander over to newegg and get an idea of what it's going to cost me. Thanks for the help people.