System Usage: Mainly gonna be used as media center, DVR, with some light video editing (like moving old camcorder tapes to dvd) or making dvd backups. Also trying to make this a build that can be expanded to make it a semi-decent gaming pc later on.
Preferred Website for Parts: newegg and tigerdirect
Parts Preferences: Most bang for the buck!
SLI or Crossfire: Don't even know what this is, so maybe
Monitor Resolution: Best we can get with HDMI
Additional Comments: Being a media PC, I do need this as quiet as possible (but we listen to movies loud so we may can drown out some of that noise). Gonna add a tv tuner also, just off the top of my head, a hauppauge dual tv tuner card (but haven't done all the research on that yet). Choose the mid-tower to be sure I have plenty of room for my 1st build.
Things for sure I want on this system
1)USB 3.0 (2 on back of motherboard will probably be fine but I wouldn't mind having onboard 3.0's just in case I may want to add ports to the front later on)
Total - 607.93 (without tv tuner I will add later)
Building on a budget, so trying to get the most out of every dollar. Used this site and Google, I have researched as much as my limited knowledge will allow and this is what I came up with. If anyone could look this over and critique or give some recommendations on something that needs to be changed, I'd really appreciate it so much.
Being my first build I am extremely nervous about my parts selections and if they will even work together , but I'm totally jacked about this build. Can't wait to get started!
Everything looks good. The only thing I'd like to add is that I don't see an aftermarket HSF on your list. In order to get the most out of your 2500k you'll really need to upgrade the stock intel unit as it's not designed for overclocking.
Something along the lines of the CM 212+ $29.04 is a good starting point.
Ridiculously powerful processor for an HTPC setup
You'll certainly be able to go big later on if you choose to. Any card that won't go over 500W will work; that's anything but a 580.
Might as well go 212 EVO. It's $5 more and significantly better.
Good choices overall.
Thanks so much for the input and suggestions. This is an update. All parts are bought and on the way. A couple of things changed (because of price or available options).
The motherboard, memory and Hdd changed, everything else stayed the same. Also added a the Evo 212 cpu cooler.