My brother has a super expensive home theater system and he wants me to build a HTPC that is "equal in quality" for it. He wants it to be super quiet, support 3D, can last him many years without having to upgrade, fast to boot (SSD), compliment his home theater system well, and have two blu-ray drives (one that is read only, another that reads and writes).
My first thought was to use the i5-2500k since it has integrated graphics that supports bit-streaming and 3D (and is also more future-proof). For quietness, i chose a fanless (and modular) power supply and a green HD for storage.
I picked the Lian Li case because its design and aluminum body matches all his other equipment (also
since it is a Lian Li case i can use their universal bay covers and hid the ugly drives). Can anyone suggest other horizontal cases that has 2 bay drives (covered) and a similar black body?
I know this is all overkill, so if anyone can suggest any other build that still meet his requirements that would be great.
Also, since his sound system alone costs more than my mom's Prius, would I need a dedicated sound card or would the on-board be okay?