System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watch movies, watch OTA TV, browse the web, light gaming
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any, newegg would be conveniant though
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Micro ATX based
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 Samsung HDTV
Additional Comments: Wondering if I'm paying too much for what I need it to do. Like to have additional capabilites and features, but would rather not pay a whole lot more for miniscule performance difference. The most glaring example is the SSD. Is it worth it for the speed increase?
OS HD: I would suggest against an SSD, seeing as it's an expensive component that can be added in later if you reallllllyy want it. Besides, SSD's are getting cheaper and faster. IMO, now is NOT the time to buy.
Storage HDD: Just fine. As I said above, SSD is not really needed. Check out the Spinpoint F3 1TB. A super fast and reliable drive for $60. Bootup times are like ~15 seconds for me.
Case: That case is pretty expensive. Might wanna check out some other cases.
PSU: Amazing choice. Don't change it.
Tuner card: Never dealt with them.
OS: Make sure it's the OEM version, should be $99.
And there you have it! Very nice system. The only thing I would add is a 5570 for some gaming. It's a strong little card and does not require a strong PSU.
If you wanna throw down a bit more cash, grab a GTS 450 or 5770. They are for heavy hitting games (BF3, anyone?) and will let you game high/medium most games for a while.
Ha, thanks for the sanity check on the mobo and RAM. I guess that's what I get for picking and choosing from 3 other builds. I'll change those out.
Not sure if I'm going to throw a gaming card in there or not. I have a gaming rig I built last year upstairs, the "light gaming" this computer was going to be for was if I just felt like screwing around on some indie games from Steam or something. I'll probably order without one for now and throw it one in later if I want to.
Thanks for the advice on the SSD as well. Part of me wants to listen to you and part of me is thinking "It's just one month of the cable bill you'll be getting rid of". We'll see which side wins.
yeah that's fine, but if you want to do ANY gaming (read: any) do yourself a favor and grab any sort of graphics card. Doesn't have to be good, just something. And so you know, the 5570 i suggested is about $55 so pretty cheap. It can handle games pretty well, and might help you with running a few GPU intensive tasks.
For the tuner, try to stretch a bit and get the HVR-2250. The 2250 is a dual tuner, which means you will be able to watch one channel while recording another (or record two at a time). Also, it will add FM radio to your HTPC. There's nothing wrong with the 1850, but the 2250 might save you from having to purchase another tuner because of the 1850's one channel limitation.