Looking to build my first HTPC, want to make something that will last a long time. Possibly run emulators and stuff but I don't need it for gaming. Wanting something that will do it's job quickly without hitting the electric bill very hard. Quiet is a bonus. I did some newegg browsing and this is what I came up with. Did I overdo it?
SILVERSTONE Black 8.0mm aluminum front panel, 0.8mm SECC body GRANDIA GD04B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case - Retail
What is your budget? A lot of those choices are not good. First, you shouldn't even be considering a dead-end LGA 775 setup for a new build. Second, the motherboards that use both DDR2 and DDR3 RAM have known stability issues. Third, that Thermaltake PSU is one of the biggest POS's available. I'll put a build together for you in a few minutes.
Second: I can tell you right now you're going to get comments about that G41 motherboard and dead-end CPU. I suggest you look at either a Intel i3 + H55 motherboard combo or an AMD Athlon II + 785G motherboard combo.
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $108.99 (I picked this RAM because it doesn't have tall heat-sinks so it will fit better in a HTPC case)
My wife is now asking me about the possibility of 3D integration (She really wants to own Avatar 3D)... I know nothing about that stuff. Is it possible and how would I go about finding legitimate information?
I know there would be need for a 3D television, would I need some kind of 3D enabled graphics processor or something else?