I am looking for some Advice, I want to build a Media Center that will (offc) be in the living room.
Okay, so thats what I have atm. I am currently using my HP laptop to stream media files to the TV, the only problem is that I also use the computer for other tasks.
So I want to see how the price will be if I build my own MCP compared to if I buy one from the store.
What I currently have:
- A Server with all the media I want,
- Gigabit Ethernet all the way to the TV
- 2x big speakers, with an amp.
What I will need:
- a computer with a small case, mini itx ?
- a spec that can handle full HD (1080p)
- a computer that ain't to loudy, after all its in the living room
I have set up a spec myself, please comment it and tell me what I need to change.
Spec : Case: Ace Sonay Mini-ITX Motherboard: ASUS M4A88T-I Deluxe, Socket-AM3 Mini ITX (My question to this is, will the internal graphic card be strong enough to handle full HD ?) Graphic card: ASUS GeForce GT 220 1GB PhysX CUDA (if the MB can handle it, I will offc skip this1, tho I don't know) CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 250 ( Really unsure about how much investment I need to use on the cpu ) PSU: Corsair VX 550W PSU ( Another question, will a normal PSU be to big for the Mini-ITX case ? ) RAM: Corsair Value DDR3 SO-DIMM 1333MHz 4GB ( 2x 2GB) HDD: I am really unsure if It's really needed for SSD or not, thinking about the temperature. but for now I am just thinking a 250gb normal SATA disc, prob Seagate. Blueray player: I have really no clue witch to go for, the blueray will be used for playing movies and playing music. Feel free to pick one for me
I think that was all, if there is something I have forgotten just tell me right away
Thanks in advance
For not much more than the GT 220 you can get a GTS 430, a very solid multimedia card, although tghe built-in 4250 is fine for 1080p video, it just won't manage HD audio at the same time, although you have optical outs for audio on the motherboard to connect to a receiver instead.
My overall price range was about 847 USD, what I am looking for as said is a computer that only will play the media files from the Server I have at home. So thats why im thinking SSD will be awesome. As said the fast boot is real nice, and I don't need much storing space at all. Since I only will stream the media.
Just to get a thing clear You say that I can remove the 550W PSU, and the Sonay Case. Then go for the SILVERSTONE SG06-B instead ?
One more thing, I won't use Optical output. Since I don't have that on the amp. I will only use the Red and white cable... I don't remember the name of those cables... Will the Graphic card on the MB handle it fine then ?
a note: the ITX board you listed IS better for a HTPC, as it has optical/digital outs for high-quality sound connection to a home theater, a built in wireless card and other things not usually found on a motherboard. It has only 2 memory slots and one PCIe slot however