Budget Range: This isnt strictly set, but look to spend around £800+
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Console Emulating (Wii and PS2), Watching TV, Playing and Streaming 1080p movies, general HTPC usage
Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) n/a
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Not actually that fussed at this time
Country: (e.g.: India) UK
Parts Preferences: by brand or type Unsure
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1900x1200
Additional Comments: See below
I am hoping to build a Gaming HTPC.
I am a little out of the loop with most components as the last time I had a PC built was 2006 so a lot has changed since then.
Here is my idea for what my Gaming HTPC hybrid should be able to do:
1)Running Ubuntu mainly (but will also be installing windows)
2)Plays 1080p (obviously)
3)Plays Blu-Ray discs (maybe burn them)
5)Possibly use for encoding
6)Quiet when not doing demanding tasks such as running games, quiet running during tv/movie playback really is a must
7)Use for gaming (ie Skyrim)
8)I have a 5.1 sound system and ideally I would like it connected straight to the PC (preferably using optical out)
9)Use as a server (so my laptop does not have to be on all the time), will have my external hdd case (with 2x2tb SPANNED hdds in) connected.
10)Remote Control use (may be a problem using ubuntu....)
11)Be able to watch TV shows (so will include a tuner card)
12) Low power usage when not doing demanding things (as I think the pc will be on most, if not all, of the time.
Decided components (this section can very easily be changed and most likely will be changed)
After that I am a little hazy on what components would be ideally suited for my task.
I believe the rest of my shopping list is:
Sound Card (is this necessary?)
Wireless keyboard and mouse
As the onboard graphics are decent I think I may hold off on buying the graphics card until a later date.
Any equipment I have already listed is very open to suggestions and changes.
After some research I have found that my options are limited due to the Lian Li case only accomodating GPU cards of 270mm or less, so to find a small, quiet, cool, reliable card is tricky, however this seems to be quite good:
GPU and Sound card added later, what do you think?
I think it looks like a good build. I wouldn't worry about a sound card: modern motherboards have great built-in sound, and adding another card will hinder airflow. That GTX 580 you listed earlier looks like it will be quiet, and the Z68 motherboard will make it easy to switch to the 2120's IGP for movie time.
Unless you're running 15 CAD projects simultaneously, the i5 2500K > i7 2700K.
Get an i5 2500K and invest the money in a better GPU.
I'd suggest the 6870 or 6950.
Get the OCZ power supply. Always get your PSU from a reputable brand.