So I have tried searching online for a while now & could really use some expert help. This will be my first HTPC build and want to make sure everything works as expected...
Approximate Purchase Date: Within next 2 weeks
Budget Range: 1000 max before rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching & Recording live TV (w/ cable card), Streaming Web TV (Hulu, Netflix, etc) in High Def, Streaming Media from NAS, Streaming Media to other devices around home, Web Surfing, Watching Blu-Rays
Parts Not Required: Keyboard/Mouse (Logitech Dinovo Mini), Remote (Harmony One), speakers (will connect HTPC HDMI output to receiver), TV (46” 1080P), HDMI Cables
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: Intel
SLI or Crossfire: No
Additional Comments: Live in NYC using Time Warner Cable & want to get rid of my rental DVR machine. I’d like to be able to get all my normal stations but don’t care about Video on Demand. I would also want it to be as quiet as possible.
Some initial parts on my list were:
LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C37B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS
Ceton InfiniTV 4 Quad-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface
What do you think? Can I cut the cable DVR rental cord without giving anything up?
Swap out either the motherboard or the case and you should be good to go. You currently have an ATX form-factor motherboard (seven expansion slots) and a Micro-ATX form-factor case (four expansion slots). Either swap out your case for one that accepts ATX motherboards, or swap out your motherboard for a Micro-ATX board. Personally, I'd swap out the case for one that has fans and accepts an ATX form-factor motherboard.