System Usage from Most to Least Important: (HTPC; Encoding; Server to other TVs)
Parts Not Required: (None) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (Newegg, Amazon, Tiger Direct)
Parts Preferences: by brand or type (HTPC Case for setting next to TV)
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080, 1920x1200)
Additional Comments: (Would like any advice on if I am going overkill. I want something I can run W7 64bit, Mediabrowser, XBMC, Makemkv, Handbrake, PowerDVD, 3D playback. I want to also backup other computers on the network. For media I want to use this as the main encoding machine.)
My main overall purpose is storage, but I need a PC that can encode well also. I also have need of a HTPC or media streaming device with a better User Interface than WD TV Live that I am currently using. (It plays mkvs and other formats well, but getting to the media is hard. Kids/wife want pictures like on my laptop.) I would make this the main house server, but would also like it to function as the before mentioned HTPC.
Am I overkill on the components?
If I add more storage in the future, will the case produce too much heat?
Will I benefit from the SSD or should I go with just a small HDD for the OS?
Should I build a cheaper server and go after another media streamer or try to modify the WD TV Live for movie sheets?
I did not see you mention gaming as one of the uses of this Pc so I don't see the need to overclock. The SSD is 90gb so as to give you ample room for the OS and updates and your main applications and the SSD will help make the Pc faster performing overall.
I didn't see a video card selected are you going with the onboard graphics?
You can get a breakdown of how it works with this review.
Intergrated graphics is good and it is also HD but how for you can take it is another story and it really is not very good for gaming. There are some issues with the 2000HD of the power cpu's but the 3000HD is much better. Unfortunatly when you go for low budget you are stuck with the HD 2000 and to get the HD 3000 you have to go up to the i5-2405S which goes for $219.99. You had originaly chosen the i5-2500k which has the HD 3000 so that would be good to stick with it.
So I would stick with your original selections except for the SSD and build your HTPC and probably not bother with the media player if you like the Media Browser for your needs.
It might not be a bad idea to add a video card later on for some better results in gaming I'm sure your Kids will be wanting to play some of the popular games and the intergrated will just not cut for those games.