Thanks to all who helped last time, you saved me from making a big mistake both $ and components. I hope it is OK to impose again. So, I spent the last 48 hours (truthfully) poring over this site and other sites like CyberPower, IbuyPower, etc. and now my head is spinning.
I need a media PC to connect to a DENON AVR 2112, and Wii. My local PC shop gave me a $2200 estimate, that you guys kindly told me was pretty ridiculous for my needs. So now I am trying from scratch.
The big question is to BUY - (but some of the comments re: CP and IBP scare me alot, and I can't find much advice on a pretty good company) or BUILD (Since I am disabled, this would be a great project and after watching 20 or so videos/guides I think I could pull it off EXCEPT for all the BIOS programming and other software tweaking to maximize all the parts, that scares me so maybe I am out of my league.) So please let me know your thoughts. I am good with software, but never got into the OS/BIOS stuff.
OK here goes, I am basically copying this build from Cyberpowers Ultra Edition, oh and I really need it to last a long time, I don't think my wife will give approval again for years!
Approximate Purchase Date: right away
Budget Range: sub $1800 out the door (no need for mouse keyboard or monitor)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: tons of HD Home MOvies/pictures (I have six year old twins), Itunes with approx 1000 CDs worth, streaming movies through VLC, bittorrent, netflix, and significant use of business programs excel/access, etc.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg seems the one all you like
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU
Overclocking: if you recommend
SLI or Crossfire: if you recommend
Monitor Resolution: Asus monitor 1680x1050 and Sharp Aquos 37" LCD TV 1024x768
Additional Comments: I am really torn between doing a "bling PC" since my boys love the windows with the colored air-cooling, fans, neon, etc. since they are my life, or the case described below with all the media functionality to match and go well with my Denon (PS I am purchasing that new also, if anyone has other recommendations)
Here is the build CP recommends, I would be so thankful for all your comments and apologies for the long email and I have to say, you are an incredible group of people to help people so much, that is a rare thing these days (and I promise I am not saying that for extra help, it is just a fact :
(My only change would be to add an SSD in addtion to the 2 TB HD)
Case: SilverStone LC18 MultiMedia Server Case w/ Built-in 7 inch Screen Display (BLACK Color)
Seems like a bit of overkill if all your going to be doing is using it as pretty much a home theater pc. If that's all you plan on doing with it you probably don't need to spend more than 5-600$. The cheapest lga 1155 cpu is more than enough to handle blu-rays and hd content the integrated graphics are optimized just fro such things. You don't need such a big power supply since you also don't need a video card either (will also save you money on power usage) and I don't see why you would need to overclock if your not going to be playing any games (are you?). You don't need a monster motherboard either. Now if you want a little future fexiblity to do other things by all means go ahead, but it seems like they are just trying to sell you a lot of stuff you don't need.
Thank you holdingholder, it is amazing how much stuff you guys know about all this. I will go back to the drawing board and use the Media PC recommended by all of you in the other thread and then go from there. I think I could do the hardware, but I am concerned about the BIOS stuff, so that is my big question on whether to build or not. Thank you guys again, amazing site!