I am going to build a HTPC for myself this summer, preferably late June/early July. I would like to be able to play 3D Blu-R=rays as I have a 3D TV and no 3D content. I decided on the Sandy Bridge route because it seems to offer the cheapest way to do 3D Blu-ray. The other route I could possibly go is with a Radeon HD 6xxx card and an Athlon x4 635 I have laying around doing nothing, but this way is more expensive. My absolute max is US $500. I love Newegg, but Tiger Direct is good too. Amazon is fine, although I don't love them. Also, I am paranoid about sound, so it has to be less than 20dBA.
I'll suggest you hold off on fully loading the case with fans, and also hold off on the aftermarket HSF (and added quiet fan). With the money saved, get a better PSU than the Coolmax you've selected. Look for Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, or Enermax brands. They are better quality, and quiet too.
If you find the stock HSF is too noisy, then entertain the option of an aftermarket cooler and/or fan. Same with the case fans... only get what you need, if you find you need it.
Case selection is a subjective matter, so whatever floats your boat. I personally like the Silverstone you originally selected. Pair it up with a good quality low-power PSU (Antec Earthwatts maybe?) and you have a winner. Don't settle for a case just because it comes with a bundled power supply. Bundled PSU's are rarely any good. If you are interested in a case/PSU HTPC bundle, maybe consider one from Antec: Link and Link
Now, I realized I forgot a hard drive, but I have a few laying around so I'll just use one of those. I also need a wireless card. I found this:
I don't mind the extra $36 just to not have to run cat5 cable through the floor of my house.
Only question I have left is, where do I get antennas for that card?
That is a mini-PCIe card and it is only used for notebooks, netbooks, or some desktop ITX boards. It won't work with the motherboard you've chosen above. What you want is either an internal wireless PCI or PCIe low-profile card, or a USB network adapter. Which exact wireless card you need depends on what network your plan to connect to. Wireless n? 2.4GHz or 5GHz? Maybe something like this.
That wireless card is exactly what I'm looking for, thanks!
The reason I went with that case is simply because black matches my TV and stand well, and because it's cheap. I don't really see anywhere else where I can save money.
As for the PSU: I will not be putting anything else into this PC that would be power hungry, so I'm not sure if I need anything more than the bundled one. Plus, I'm already paying for it, so I might as well use it. If anyone feels very strongly against me using it, can you tell me the form factor so I can get a good one? Thanks!
And again, thank you all for your input. It is greatly appreciated.
OK, as I said case selection is a subjective matter and you know what is best for your own set up.
You'll probably be alright with the PSU with a low power system. Just don't expect to install anything power hungry like a video card in there. If it does blow, you can always replace the PSU with a better brand. It's a TFX form factor PSU, Seasonic and FSP have replacement parts if you need them (link)
Be sure to update us with the status of your build!
Haha yeah, my knowledge is to the extent of what I seen on the forums and what I've researched. Thanks for the compliments.
Yeah HTPC's aren't my strong suit. Probably let rwptritchett handle that. I'm more of the desktop guy. I like to have room to work with. More power, yah know. The powerful systems. Well, I actually am more of a budgeter (low 1000s high 400s)