Looking for a Home theater & Gaming PC to replace my failing PS3 and outdated computer. Will be using the system for netflix, downloaded movies in HD, bluray, moderate gaming, and office tasks/general usage.
First, wanted to get your thoughts on a barebones system that looks like a good deal.
It's currently $110 off, and some of the components I was looking at already anyways. I have heard a few negative reviews on the Ultra PSU, but this being my first computer build I don't know lots about the quality of the various components, so I'm turning to the community for their input.
I've posted my details for a system below. I figured since this kit comes with an SSD, I could also get an HDD and just use the SSD for OS and core apps. Also thinking of getting an HD 6850 video card.
Approximate Purchase Date: this week
Budget Range: 600-750 - After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: home theater, gaming, general use
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: none preferred, whoever has the best price and support, was thinking tigerdirect.ca or newegg.ca
Bluray playback on PC's requires software that costs about $90-100 so that should be take into account when putting this together.
The actual bluray drive is not as much of a problem, they are about $30-50 more than a DVD burner.
That being said, you 'might' be happier getting a separate BluRay player like Sony S580 or whatever happens to strike your fancy.
There is hardly any price difference and at best it's for having a separate bluray player.
But it's not a big difference so it can be done in the HTPC with the listed investment.
Thanks for the reply. I think what I will do then is leave the blu-ray player and software out for now, I don't watch a ton of blu-rays anyways, right now mostly Netflix and the odd movie download. A separate player is probably the best idea somewhere down the road.