This will be my first build and the idea originally began as a HTPC, but since this isn't going in the living room, but in my den; I'm going to a more upgradeable tower system. I have a strict $800 budget before rebates. Have a look, I need some more opinions.
Approximate Purchase Date: Ordering parts Wednesday 2/8/12
Budget Range: $800 +/- $20 before rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Upgradeable, Movie/music playback and streaming via XBMC, general internet surfing, ripping/encoding my own movies using handbrake, gaming (probably in the future, I don't game at all as of now on PC, but having a system that could might change that)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, but i'm open to any reputable site to save a little money.
Country: United States
Parts Preferences: Intel Sandy Bridge, since I plan to use integrated graphics at first and a mild overclock
Overclocking: Yes, nothing extreme, but to get more encoding performace.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 Sharp LCD TV
Additional Comments: I want to be able to upgrade in the future, while also starting out with a good all around system, not including gaming since i'll be starting out without discrete graphics card. I also need a copy of windows 7 included in the build price.
So is that the only spec the pro3 is lacking vs the extreme3? In that case you're right, I shouldn't need the extreme3 board. Thanks for the heads up on the ram... Any should do that's rated for 1.5 volts correct? I'm new to overclocking, but is there something I should look for in ram if I'm going to be overclocking my memory?
What about the gigabyte board? Is the pro3 a better choice than it? I wouldn't mind going with microatx if there isn't any downfall to doing so.
And a4mula, thanks for the reply but I don't live near a microcenter, and I would also prefer not to use THAT many different suppliers. I also need a blu-ray drive. And while getting a video card now would be nice, I don't require it and would rather spend a little more on the other components. plus isn't a 380 watt psu a little small for that build you suggested?