I am looking for something compact, quiet and fast in loading and playing videos. I know this is over $500 so this would be the top of the scale. If I can get similar performance for less, I'm all for that.
Does it look like this will meet my needs or am I missing anything?
That can work too , except the RAM which should be 1.5 volt [ or less] for sandy bridge processors
I doubt the psu is high quality but it is probably strong enough for a rig like that using the integrated graphics .
The SSD will speed boot times , and loading times . In this budget its a coin toss .
Its a bit messy to have an external tuner when you could just use an internal tuner card
Thanks for the response. I will look for RAM at 1.5 or less.
I'm still not sure if I will go with an SSD if there isn't a large improvement other than for bragging rights.
I will look into the options for an internal tuner card, but reading about the SiliconDust tuner, it has the feature that other PC's running tuner software could also us it. My thought was to put it where my server is and my HTPC could access it on the network. Is my understanding of the SiliconDust tuner correct.