I am having a media pc (NO GAMING) custom built for me and having trouble comparing builders quotes...any thoughts or suggesstions greatly appreciated.I decided to go wit the ausu p8z68 motherboard instead of the Gigabyte. And a intel core 15 quad 3.1GHZ processor, 8gb Consair Vengenance ram, for windows 7 hp 64bit. MY REAL QUESTION is what type of hard drive is best for this motherboard.I have been reading up on ssd's and just read an article on "adding" an internal ssd to the hhd for extra speed but keeping with the hhd memory. I am NOT very computer savvy so please be understanding. also not sure if this makes any difference I will been using a 51" plasma for the monitor and want to be able to have dual monitors if possible. Thanks to anyone who has suggesstions or ideas.
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Let me just say that computer is over-kill for a media PC.
You really don't need anything more than a simple Dual Core Processor (i3) at the most but even cheaper one of the lower end AMD processors. 4GB RAM again would be PLENTY. System will probably never use more than 2GB.
As for the HDD, depending what media you want on there, a 5400rpm drive would be fine, and possibly a RAID set up for some data redundancy. 1TB HDD's tend to be the best value for money, although prices are all "up-in-the-air" currently due to the flooding abroad.
SSD wouldn't be necessary either.
A low end graphics card might be ideal if your looking for a multi monitor set-up too.
Good advice here for an HTPC setup. Any i5 series CPU is not necessary, nor the SSD or 8GB or memory (although it is cheap these days). Any hard drive will be fine in a true HTPC so a "green" drive, or low RPM, would be the choice for low power consumption and noise (no... not Western Digital Green). Samsung, Seagate or Hitachi (..and probably in that order). The build below is for reference if you are looking for additional options. Prices have changed slightly, but you get the idea.