System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching Video content (1080p video files, DVDs, Slingbox, Netflix, YouTube, etc.)
Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS): I already have keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, and OS.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any website that can ship to me by December 24th (i.e., NewEgg with 3 day shipping).
Country of Origin: USA (Massachusetts)
Parts Preferences: none
SLI or Crossfire: no
Monitor Resolution: computer will be used on 1920x1080p TV
This computer will be solely used as a media center computer, directly using our 1080p TV as a monitor/speakers. The computer will be used to watch slingbox, play DVDs, and watch video files. My main requirement is that the processor/RAM be powerful enough to run 1080p video files without breaking a sweat. That's really the main concern. As long as the processor can run 1080p video, I know it can do everything else that I will need. Hard drive can be as small as 250 GB and 5400 rpm if necessary. Not much will be stored on this computer. HDMI output would be really nice but isn't necessary because the TV has VGA input.
Question: This would be my first time ordering from NewEgg (if I order from them). If I order today (12/21), do they ship immediately? Would it arrive by 12/24? Would I be better off looking at prebuilt computers at B&M stores around here?
^ That looks pretty good, but about the PSU - change to this one, would differ much in price if including shipping -
Antec EA 380 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Yes it is a 380W compared to the 430W suggested before, but if you see the quality, it is better and also better efficiency,...
I already ordered the PSU (and everything else) so that it would arrive by Christmas eve, so I don't think I will change it now as long as it will be fine for my setup. I appreciate the new recommendation (and the price is fine), but this computer is going to be used fairly infrequently, and only for one purpose, so as long as the PSU is reliable and compatible, I'm not going to worry about getting anything else.
Regarding the hard drive, the $5 savings isn't enough for me to send back the HD I already ordered, plus I'm not sure it would arrive by Dec. 24th so I'm going to stick with the one I got .
Thanks again, I appreciate it, and with your confirmation that all parts are compatible I think I am done here .
(I'm going to have to build computers more often in the future...the savings are incredible. I wish laptops were easier to build...)