I'm trying to build a HTPC. I would mainly use it for watching HD movies, tv shows, and hd channels. Some light gaming too. I have already attempted to create a build. Let me know what yall think. I want to buy this sometime this week unless you think I should wait for something?
I chose to go with a regular hdd for the OS instead of an ssd because I can see this being left on for long periods of time. Also, for future-proofing should I get a motherboard with support for faster memory and LGA 2011? One thing I am worried about is overheating. Are these parts going to run to hot?
Aside from the graphics card (you need a low-profile card), I don't see anything wrong with your build. You can get back under budget by going with an AMD build (see my HTPC specs in my signature as an example). With four exhaust fans on the right side of the case, I don't see any problems with your system overheating (unless you place it in an enclosed location).
SSD is overkill.
If you go for a AMD build you also can get a cheaper 150picowatt PSU.
The I3-2100T can run fanless i have a working htpc configuration on my site. http://www.besthtpc.net about this.
The question realy is that will tell you how much gpu power you need is what is light gaming?
Is light gaming be able to play webbased flash games.
Or COD in 720P or 1080P? Or do you play RTS games? Then you dont need a powerfull gpu. Better to use a fanless gpu. I see in your build that the gpu has a small high rpm fan. Get rid of it. The thing will make too much noise.
YOu buy 4 additional case fans? Why is that? Start with 2 and make sure you can adjust the rpms.
I have a case that has 3 case fans 2 of them are 60mm and 1 80mm. the only one running is the 80mm. My onboard hd3200 and 45 watt cpu do not generate heat.
the only thing creating heat are the 4harddisks that are inside.