Thanks for the reply. I am building a budget HTPC for living room to hook up with my LED TV. Just need to be able to play video, do a bit of downloading and watch IPTV
Where do you shop?
I am in Sydney Australia. Shop at msy.com.au
Your specs will work for you. Seriously, you can use modern onboard video for your usage. You don't even play games. Both AMD & Intel offer integrated graphics. For AMD, the mobos usually have older ATI Radeon chipsets. You can save some money there.
What's wrong with the stock cooler? The e-tailer doesn't have any low-profile cpu cooler.
I would try out the stock cooler. You can always swap it out later if you decide it's too loud. I find the AMD stock coolers to be pretty decent.
you should be fine without the cooler. you could gt a blu-ray player instead of the DVD, or upgrade to an X3 instead of X2 processor for the price difference