BUDGET RANGE: Hoping to keep it near $600 or under
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Web & email, some Hulu, music & videos, MS Office apps, and light gaming (e.g. WoW and older RTS’s)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: need em all
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: no preference
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking to build a near entry level HTPC for some fairly basic use. I have a DVR from my cable company that I am happy with, so I am not looking to run a cable feed thru the pc. I also have a PS3 and BluRay player, so I do not require one in this new build. I do not have a preference for AMD or Intel, just looking for good price/performance. My only requirements are that is runs fairly cool and quiet, and it must have a media center case so it looks good and fits in my entertainment shelving.
I put together the components below and I’m sure they could use some fine-tuning. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
I wasn't sure about the PSU either, thanks for pointing out that combo deal! I'll swap the PSU & Optical as per your suggestion. As for the case, an HTPC is not vital... I just think they look so much nicer in a Home Theater environment. They are a bit of a rip off though! I'll look around at some of the desktop cases and see if I can find a suitable replacement.
One other thought.. I'm not very good at this and would feel better if one of you more knowledgeable folks could confirm that all these parts would work well together with no compatibility issues.
There aren't any compatibiilty issues. If there were, we would have pointed them out.
Those Antec PSUs are definitely great deals as well. They'd be a little more expensive (I think like $5) counting the reabte, but then you wouldn't have to mess with the whole rebate process. I've never had an issue with Corsair's rebates though.
Total: $564. Please note that the board is an ATX board, so you'll need a case that supports it. Feel free to pick out a different case. If you do, switch the HDD to either the Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB or 1 TB.