Hi, I'm looking to put together an htpc in the next few weeks, and would appreciate any input into making the best system for me. I went through newegg and put together a build based on some quick research, but again, would appreciate any insight/thoughts, etc.
Approximate Purchase Date: 2-4 weeks
Budget Range: less expensive the better, but no more than $500-700
System Usage from Most to Least Important: watching/streaming video (Netflix, Hulu, 720p & 1080i/p video files); watching & recording HDTV (digital cable); music/media center (ripping/playing CDs, mp3, etc.); everyday use; possibly light gaming in the future (not needed immediately)
Parts Not Required: monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: none
Overclocking: probably not, but can/will
SLI or Crossfire: don't know
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: would like to connect to 50" 1080p plasma in living room through hdmi;
Haven't looked through combo deals yet, as I wasn't sure they'd still be active when I'm ready to buy. Also, was planning to use the 500gb hd for OS and add a 2tb drive for storage down the road (have another 500gb external drive in the meantime). I'm assuming the onboard graphics will be sufficient for HD playback/streaming, so I didn't opt for a discrete gpu.
CASE- Anted 300 is good, but maybe a HTPC type case >?
Rest look good...
Thanks. Swapped out mobo and ram for your suggestions. Aesthetics aren't a big deal, and it seemed like a normal mid tower or mini tower would be cheaper, so I didn't look too closely at htpc cases. Did see a few, though - anyone with thoughts on these cases?
As an nMediaPC case owner (I have to 200BA), I can say their smaller cases (microATX) do not leave a lot of room for cable management. It's definitely a tight fit.
Also the front drop-down door is somewhat flimsy. A lot of reviews of earlier models state these doors are broken easily. I took great care with mine and the drop-down door lasted for four years before it finally broke (constantly moving the case for updates/cleaning/etc... was the cause for it breaking).
Aside from these two issues, it is a good case, but if it's in the budget, I'd recommend going with the Silverstone case.