I am wanting to build a HTPC with parts I have. I will need to buy a few parts but wanted to get some input on what I should get.
I have a HTPC case
GPU ATI 5770
HDD WD 640gb green
Antec 400w psu
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
This will hook up to a 1080p HDTV
I need a CPU, motherboard, and RAM
I don't have a budget for the parts that are needed. I just want something that can handle watching movies and playing music without a issue. I want this system to be quiet as well.
I was thinking AMD Athlon II X 255 and 1.5v 2x2gb RAM. I am not sure if the motherboard needs usb 3.0 or sata III. I am also thinking that I can just use the sound on the GPU to my receiver to get 7.1 audio.
Or should I wait for Sandy Bridge/Bulldozer to come out and see about using one of those for lower watts and more power?
I was just looking that up. for $50 to have the computer anywhere in the room allowing me to use it as a desktop for work and media would be better. I will change the GPU to a 560 for the encoding I do.