I am looking to build a small HTPC on a budget. I want to have a low-cost pc with only XBMC Live loaded so it doesn't have to be much. I've read of people who have done it on ~$200 (Lifehacker's post being one). I want to build it, instead of buying a prebuilt nettop, however.
Purchase Date - Based on whatever feedback I get, I want to be able to order the parts in a week or two.
Budget Range - A budget goal of $200-250 ($300 if absolutely necessary).
System Usage - I will mostly be watching my DVDs on it and playing some pc games. So HD quality with little (preferably no) lagging is necessary.
Parts Not Required - I don't need a keyboard or mouse, neither do I need a monitor or speakers (I am planning to hook the HTPC up to my TV). I'm planning to stream most of this media from a server (soon to come, fingers crossed) and so a hard drive is going to be minimal (80gb or 160gb) and an optical drive is needed either.
Preferred Website - I'm planning to get everything else from Newegg.com or Amazon.com (if cheaper, I doubt it).
Parts Preference - While I prefer Intel, I have decided to go with AMD due to the integrated graphics and low cost. I'm not sure if an external video card is needed, any advice is appreciated. I'm not going to overclock and I'm looking for a quiet HTPC so I can watch in peace.
Overclocking - No (?)
SLI or Crossfire - No (yeah, I don't really know what this is)