My current pc is on its last bytes, and I've been looking at building a new one this time (currently using laptop). Was originally looking at a desktop rig, but have since realized I'd prefer an HTPC set up. Done a little searching around, but haven't quite found the right combination.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next 1-2 weeks
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: watching (lots of) HD video files (.mkv, .mp4, .avi, etc.), watching / recording TV, streaming (Hulu / Netflix), music playback, possibly light gaming, preferably at 1080p (starcraft II, dragon age), general use
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor (plan to use my current 50" 1080p plasma - any issues with a plasma monitor for an htpc?)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, amazon.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: no brand preference; would prefer a smaller media-center sized case, but not required
OVERCLOCKING: Yes / No / Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: possibly
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: system would need wireless card / adapter
I like the track mosox is on but since the OP said light gaming, I think the 5770 is overkill. I have had better luck in my htpc with nvidia cards and would get a gt240 with a quiet stock cooler, should be enough for rts games. Id also get a bluray drive to use with slysoft, wink wink. And a good dual hdtv tuner with mce remote to use in win7 mce for tv dvr function. I have that case and its excellent, but only holds 2 hdd's. Is fine for me because i have networked storage.