Howdy all. I am a noob looking to build a basic HTPC. I would like a good sized HD (1TB or so). Not expecting anything too extreme for performance. Ability to use as a DVR down the road would be great too. Thanks for any help.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: like to start the build in the next 2 weeks BUDGET RANGE: 400-550 Before Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Streaming video(Hulu, Netflix,...), OTA TV, Surfing the internet, Blu-Ray playback, Music & Movie Storage
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor (will hook up through HDMI to Panasonic 50" 720P plasma), Speakers (run through receiver)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Would prefer Newegg, Tiger Direct, or other well known & trusted sites COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: I would prefer a case to fit in with receiver and other AV components
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 720P
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This will go in an enclosed AV rack, so need good cooling. ATSC tuner with HDMI out preferred. I am not too picky about brands, just want the best product for the price.
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On the lower end of that budget spectrum:
Thanks for the suggestion. After doing some more research think I need to up my budget to around $600-650 and probably look at going full ATX for the cooling and ability to upgrade and add on in the future.