I am looking for suggestions on components for an HTPC. I have a different PC for gaming in another room so this would be purely for use as an HTPC / web surfing / e-mail
Price - $600 to $700
Vendor : Newegg or tigerdirect (I can go to tigerdirect so I can avoid shipping but then have to pay sales tax)
I need basically everything except a monitor (so win 7 needs to be included and I am not a student) :
Here are a few comments on component preferences / expected use:
CPU - I am thinking an AMD A6 is the best bet (I prefer to use AMD)
Case - I am fine using a normal mid-tower case
PSU - I would prefer at least an 80 plus or better as I plan to leave it on
HD - Don't think I want an SSD as I plan to leave the machine on
Optical drive - Blue ray is optional as I already have a blue ray player and to save money maybe leave this off and I can always put it in later (Don't want a blue ray burner)
GPU - None (use A6)
TV Tuner card - I'll be pulling signal OTA
Stereo adapter - I have an oldish 5.1 receiver so I'll want an adapter from the MB sound to my stereo (not a huge sound snob so I don't think I want a sound card)
Wireless card - I don't want to move my router (I have an N router but laptops and my Wii get a low signal strength in the room the HTPC will be in which is good enough for netflix but making sure I get a good wireless card is pretty key).
Input device - I need some kind of wireless keyboard / mouse or maybe one of the all in one remotes that have a built in keyboard and mouse (open to suggestions but would prefer them in regards to using with an HTPC that will also have some we surfing / email.
Firstly, take a look at this forum link. http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1302559
I don't really think an aftermarket cooler is needed, especially if you are trying to shave off money for a tight budget. HD 2000 is more than capable of handling even 3D BR.
If you are wanting to go AMD I would wait until the 65W CPUs are released since only the high performance ones are out right now which is both overkill and a waste of money/electricity. I think September is their release timeframe.
I really like these 2 cases. They are both a bit cheaper. Make sure you think out your cooling situation with any case choice though. Especially if you go with the 100 watt A6. The I3-2100t comes with a low profile heatsink already. The A6 doesn't so you will have to go the aftermarket route to ensure it fits. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Oh sorry i was comparing the i3 to the A8, not the A6. If you need to shave off some of the price i would sooner lose the CPU cooler than get a cheaper case to be honest, i only put the cooler in there because it will be slightly quieter. Also, like masseybe84 said, the integrated graphics on that i3 will have no problems at all with Blu Ray.