SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Movies, Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, would accept others
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: No Preference
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1080P
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Prefer the case to be black, does not have to be a HTPC case but I would prefer that it not have LCD's or be Shiny. I would prefer it to run quietly as it will be in the same room as my screen.
I do not need a TV tuner or a blue ray drive.
Expectations for gaming are not super high. I would like to be able to be able to play games in the next few years without any major upgrades on at least medium settings.
The $900 is more of a soft limit. I would prefer to not go too much over but if I will get a reasonable performance increase I would be willing.
I've had my eye on the Silverstone Grandia GD-05 HTPC case. It's large enough to fit full size components but is less than 13" deep and 6" tall (perfect for a home theater rack). Like everything Silverstone, it is extremely well made. The front face is brushed aluminum, not cheap plastic, so that it fits in with high end A/V equipment. Cooling is excellent and quiet with the three included low speed 120mm fans. $90