First time poster here and soon to be a first time PC builder. I'm looking to build a multimedia PC. It will be sort of like a HTPC - as it will be hooked up to my media room. My current PC will still be used as my primary for internet and some gaming. For my new build, my main focus would be building a centralized entertainment system for movies, music, and gaming. I'm not really a hardcore gamer at all. But I'm looking to build a system that accommodates gaming just in case I ever wanted to.
Since this will be used mostly as an entertainment box, I would like some heavy considerations on reduced power consumption and noise. This is where I probably need the most advice in. I think my current build is more of a gaming and performance PC rather than a multimedia build... but I like to have the best of both worlds - a performance PC that is friendly in both terms of noise and power consumption.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: August through Black Friday (end of November)
BUDGET RANGE: $1300-$1800 before rebates (I like performance but prefer value more i.e. bang for the buck)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Watching movies, playing/streaming music, gaming, Photoshop, browsing the internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:Keyboard, mouse, monitor, computer case
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, amazon.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel build using and i5 or i7
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not right now.. possibly in the future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: mainly 1920x1080 (primarily will be hooked up to my TV)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet and efficient/low power consumption will be considered.