Me and my dad have had are up and downs but for the most part its been good. His B day is coming up and I have been planing to build him a pc for a couple of months as a b day gift. Well last night funny enough, when I went over to visit him he expressed the want for a Htpc. So here is what came up with:
If we ignore "(I know its over the top for a normal htpc but he expressed the want to go 3d sometime" then the AMD fusion HTPC is the right answer, especially if you are using AMD CPU anyway. Should 3D become an issue in a year or two then that might be the time to add then then-current 3D card. The 460 is a nice card, but adds a lot of power/cooling requirements to an HTPC build.
re: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB. It's a really bad time to be buying HDDs, but if he plans to record HD or a bunch of movies than you'll want a 2TB or larger drive.
What tuner/video capture card were you planning? A HTPC that cannot attach to cable would be a waste. You'll definitely want to set up and use media center with remote control not keyboard/mouse. Does the case have in infrared port or will you need the less attractive dongle ?
What optical drive? A blue-ray disk or DVD -- you'll want to play moves...
I agree that the fusion would be the way to go if it weren't for the 3d. the way hes talking about it I wouldn't be surprised if he went 3d before the end of the year if not the start of next year.
Especial since I will be given this to him. Also it would be nice to go here this is everything we talked about.
He has a good tv tuner card in his current PC that he never has used so I was going to jack that one out. It also came with an external IR. The way his entertainment center is you wont be able to see the IR but it will still have a clear path.
He has a harmony remote so that's not a problem. Was thinking of doingthis mod but not sure yet.
The keyboard is for him doing Ebay as he buys and sells a lot on there. I can probably pick up an hdd for cheap on black Friday from micro center. I also know a guy that works there that will let me use his discounts. The links aren't where I'm going to buy from just place holds as I still need to shop for best price.
Aside: since the GTX 460 is going in, look on Steam, get him one of the large game collections. You never know, your Dad may get into building railroads or shooting tanks, or building civilizations....