Approximate Purchase Date: Next 4-5 Months (April/May)
Budget Range: Cheapest possible (Under $300 is what I'm looking at)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching Movies, Surfing the Web (Home Theater)
Parts Not Required: CPU (AMD Phenom II x4 970 3.5 GHz- It runs at a TDP of 125w so...takes a lot)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com
Country: MA, USA
Parts Preferences: I need a small HTPC case that would fit in a tv shelf (low profile).
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: Either 1600x1200 or 1920x1200... Not completely sure but I think it's the latter (1920x1200)
Additional Comments: I need it to not necessarily be quiet but at least not loud. It's a present for my mom and I don't want it to be loud enough to disrupt watching a movie.
I have the CPU... I'm looking at the GT 520 as the video card... Don't think I could go more expensive and it looks like it'll be more than enough. I really am liking this case, also- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
But if a cheaper case comes up that looks decent and maybe even has a decent psu included that would be great.
She won't need more than 150gb as she only streams movies/tv shows and isn't interested in downloading them. Also, she doesn't need a Blu Ray drive.
No point asking for advice on a system you wish to construct in 4-5 months! Ivy Bridge will be out by then with HD4000 grahics chip. Might as well wait a little longer that way you will get the best advice at the time.