I've read a bunch of threads for other HTPCs, but they weren't exactly what I was looking for so I've started my own thread. I don't have anything set in stone part-wise. I'm going to be using this to stream videos, store movies/tv shows and watch from it. I'd also like to have a TV tuner to record football games. And lastly this might also be used as an airvideo server for my ipad, if it doesn't hurt the overall performance.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next week or two
BUDGET RANGE: Around $600, very flexible though
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Surfing the internet, streaming videos, watching movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: No keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, or software required.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg for convienence, will consider all others.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: Stylish case preferred, but won't break the budget for it (not going to be in a completely visible location but I like it nice). A TV tuner. A remote. Not worried about hard drive space, I have a 500 GB sitting around and will expand to a 2 TB drive or an external at a later date.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Output to a 720p Samsung plasma
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet is good, and I'd probably leave this thing on 24/7 with the occassional reboot.