My wife and I are about to move into our own place and would like to build a HTPC for the living room, it will be replacing my very loud PS3 as my main bluray player and source for streaming my movies, pics, and music. I will have most of my media content on a NAS so I wont need a big hard drive. I do plan on doing some light gaming on it, Day of defeat, CS, source, and BF2. Any help would be great so thanks in advanced.
Approximate Purchase Date: (By the end of the week)
Budget Range: (400-600 After Rebates)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Watching and backing up blurays/dvds, light gaming, streaming hd movies, music, and photos, surfing the web)
Parts Not Required: (monitor, speakers)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg or microcenter 2miles from my house)
Country of Origin: (usa)
Parts Preferences: by brand or type (open to anything)
SLI or Crossfire: no
Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080)
Additional Comments: (would like to keep it quite)
The nMEDIAPC 6000B is a great choice; it's actually my favorite on the market, atm. The Silverstone will likely be a bit sturdier, but the 6000B features better ventilation, fans, and connectivity (front eSATA port and card reader) at ~$30 less. The only reason I would consider the Silverstone is for the second external 5.25" bay.
I bought the nMEDIAPC 6000B and i was thinking of throwing my ASUS EAH5670 from my budget gaming pc, that should run those games and handle my blurays right? I would rather upgrade my gaming pc's video card, i bought the asus when my old card died on me and i was looking for something cheap to get me by.
Sounds like a plan. No reason to have a stronger GPU in your HTPC if you're gaming rig's hooked up to a FHD display as well.
Besides BF2, I think you can expect 60+ fps averages for those games. This thread has some nice benchies for the 5670, including BFBC2. BF2 uses a different engine and I'm not familiar with either, but I'm guessing BF2 would run even smoother, probably 50+ average. And yes, the 5670 would be overkill for Blu-ray alone.