ok.. I've finally bought a tv panasonic 54" g25 Plasma, and now I'd like to build a htpc to enjoy tv series and movies, but also I will use it probably to listen to music and online radios.
For the case I'd like an horizontal and probably one for htpc.
Initially I will connect to the TV through hdmi but then I will connect it to the receiver (as soon as I buy it).
ok now the data:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: asap BUDGET RANGE: 700 - 1000 but of course the cheaper the better SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: watch 1080p movies, work as a home server to download movies from the net, may be watch tv PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, I will use my 54" panasonic and for mouse I'll use logitech air. But PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Probably newegg but if there is one cheaper pls suggest, also I live on south florida. OVERCLOCKING: don't think so SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Again doesn't make sense for htpc purpose MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: A quiet PC will be better since it will be on the living room and probably on a lot of hours. Also may be I will buy too a good tv turner.
and my questions:
1) Do you think it's going to be much better to buy a separate sound card?
2) I will need a lot of space for storage since I download a lot of movies, so I'm not sure if I should have 3 or 4 hd here or buy a separated NAS (each movie is between 8 to 10 gb)
3) Since the TV is huge may be in future I will use some picture in picture feature, so the processor will have to be power enough.
I have no idea about the budget. I think that with 1000 will be ok but please forgetting about that please let me know what do you think.
Almost forgot the most important part... power. If you are going to end up with a lot of big drives, let's put a slightly larger than usual PSU into the mix... this one is quiet and efficient and very high quality... just a bit larger than you actually need:
The usage you gave: watching movies, downloading, surfing the net, picture-in-picture... None of those things require any real GPU muscle or processor speed. You could do just as well with a slower processor and onboard video, but since your budget would cover it I thought you would want a bit more margin... maybe you'll want to have multiple stream to various locations around the house or something, or maybe you'll want to encode video.
If you are going to get a small HTPC case and really need a lot of storage, then you might want to consider an NAS.
If you want to get a stronger hotter CPU and video card, then you need to consider a larger case.
Now, if you want to play games on high settings in full 1080, then you will need a stronger GPU.
I wouldn't waste my money on those. Give the audio over HDMI a shot. You can always add a sound card later if you think you need to. My guess is that you'll be more than happy with the audio over HDMI.