I'm trying to put together an HTPC build and have a few questions. I'd appreciate any advice ya'll could give me.
I want to get this HTPC up and running and down the road upgrade to also do some gaming. That's why I picked a larger power supply and more CPU than I need for just an HTPC. I figure that to game, i'll just have to add a graphics card.
I also plan on adding an SSD later.
My questions are:
Is this CPU more than I need, evening for gaming?
Is this PSU more or less than I need if I add a GPU, SSD, TV Tuner and possibly another HDD down the road?
What kind of TV tuner do I need if any? I plan on installing an antenna to watch and record ota channels.
I also want a remote, any advice? Logitech Harmony seems expensive.
DVD : SAMSUNG Blu-ray Drive SH-B123L
________________________________________________________________________________ Approximate Purchase Date: this week Budget Range: $700 - $800 System Usage: Netflix, watching movies, internet tv (hulu, youtube, network websites, etc), surfing the internet, gaming Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speaker, OS (will use Windows 7) Preferred Website for Parts: newegg.com Country of Origin: USA Parts Preferences: I want to use a microATX case to fit in my entertainment cabinet Overclocking: No SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, Philips 47PFL6704D/F7 LCD tv Additional Comments: want to start with the HTPC and upgrade to do some gaming in the near future.
The Harddrive that you have selected is an 'eco' green model - The blue/green models from western digital are pathetic.
They claim to be 'low power' etc, yet thats just an excuse for low performance. In reality, no HDD uses more than 15 watts~. Performance shouldn't be hindered at the expense of so much speed. you can UPGRADE to this.. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 2TB for $80, or you can get 1 of these $65 1TB HDD's if you only need 1 TB (They are a bit faster than the 2TB HDD i've selected, both are much faster than the blue/green WD series). The 1TB i've shown you is faster than the WD BLACK too (The fastest WD HDD).
the Asrock i listed does have sata 6 Gb/s but unless you get something like the vertex 3 ssd you wont need it, if you need lots of storage that hdd is fine but if you want speed then get the Samsung F3 1TB ($65 on newegg)
A 500w will be sufficient. What is your reason of adding a ssd later? It depends on the ssd if a sata 2 vs 3 will affect it and it's only a $20 difference if you wish to have it. An ssd will still be faster than a hdd.