All of the parts are from NewEgg as of today, and the total cost is around $880 with shipping. I am somewhat flexible with the budget, but this appears to be everything I'm looking for, I just wanted to make sure
I'm planning to use the onboard video with the HDMI, but wanted to make sure that the picture quality would be very good for Blu-Ray.
Also, I have a standalone server that will be on the same LAN as this HTPC, so I don't need much HDD space I would assume? Is this correct? I only really want this HTPC for playback of movies that are stored on the server.
Thank you in advance for any responses/suggestions,
If you've a server, you shouldn't be looking at an HDD larger than 500GB. I recommend the Samsung Spinpoint F3. If it is out of stock at the time of your purchase, a Seagate 7200.12 would perform similarly. Both are better than any 500GB WD offerings atm.
The PSU is overkill. (Don't count on the MIR btw.) Unless for some reason you plan on adding some power-hungry graphics card(s) in the future, you really don't need anything above 400-500W. Take your pick.
As far as RAM goes, consider a lower voltage set. I recommend the G Skill ECO series. If I were you, I'd have my HTPC running 24/7, and lower voltage RAM would be a worthwhile investment, if you can even call it that. A less expensive case alternative. Lacks the second external bay and full-aluminum chassis, but it has better cooling and isn't as tall (I would think that height isn't something you would want in an HTPC). And, you know, it's $80 less.
Core i5 Clarkdales are all overpriced, so go with the i3-530. Here's a combo for you. You most likely will not be able to tell the difference between the 530 and the 661, TBH. If you do, you can always OC. The 661's Turbo Boost + 400MHz bump shouldn't cost $80.
These changes should save you ~$200 at no cost performance-wise. But keep an eye out for other combos.
Oh, like this one.
You might also want to consider an SSD instead of a HDD, since speed will probably be more of a priority than storage space in your case. Intel has a relatively inexpensive "Value" SSD you might want to consider.