I'm looking to build a media centre PC for a friend, he's already got the motherboard (Foxconn A7VMX-K),processor(AMD Athlon Phenom,thats all i could tell you) RAM(Crucial 2x 2GB) and case( a cheapish one off ebay, but note it is LOW-PROFILE, i suppose most media centres are? But thought it was worth mentioning). Anyhow:
Approximate Purchase Date: Within 1 Week
Budget Range: £450-£600
System Usage from Most to Least Important: It will be a Media Centre PC, used for watching and recording TV and watching/burning CDs/DVDs and Blu-Rays. It is also likely to house his music collection.
Parts Not Required: Monitor, speakers, OS( thinking windows 7),Power Supply(400W Cit M-400U)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (eBuyer,overclockers,scan)-in that order
Country of Origin: UK
Parts Preferences: Open to suggestion
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: It will be connected upto a 1080p HD TV.
Additional Comments:Would like to record one programme on freesat and watch another. The record function won't be used that much, so preferable storage would be 1TB.
He also has a cheapish 5.1 surround sound setup, so a dedicated sound card would be good, with phono/RCA out( if its possible).
Been looking at the Logitech diNovo Mini Wireless Keyboard to control it all, he'd also like a remote too if possible,aswell as that keyboard, which already seems to do it all anyway.
It sounds like you're all set on motherboard and CPU, RAM and Power supply, correct?
Then you'd need a hard-drive (perhaps a HDD for data, SSD for operating system), a graphics card (gets you both 1080p and sound over HDMI assuming his TV and AVR take HDMI inputs), a dual-tuner Freesat card and a remote and/or keyboard, correct?
I'd start with:
2TB HDD for recording (Samsung ECOGreen F4 HD204UI)
64GB SSD for O/S (Kingston V100 would do -- whatever is on sale)
Low profile video card (HD 5570, HD 6450 or GT430)
Dual tuner Freesat tuner (not sure what's involved here -- not in the UK)
Logitech diNovo mini
If his AVR doesn't take HDMI, the motherboard has 6 channel sound so you can use the motherboard's on-board audio as long as his AVR accepts analog inputs.
Ok i've picked up a video card,hard-drive, blue-ray optical drive and soundcard.
I'm wondering about the dual tuner Freesat tuner, i presumed these were designed with media centres at heart, i thought most media centre cases were low-profile, but i'm struggling to find a low profile freesat tuner. Added to the problem the graphics card uses the PCI-E slot, so it'll have to be PCI aswell as low-profile. Would you recommend getting an external USB one?