I am looking to build a quiet HTPC to replace the host of devices (DVR, Roku, Dvd player) on our TV stand. This is the first computer I have ever built, and while I have done some research, I still don't know too much about finding good deals and such, so I was looking for some advice on my proposed build.
Looks like a decent build with a couple of exceptions:
1) The power supply. I understand the desire to go modular and if it's within budget, you should, but you should never let that be the deciding factor. ALWAYS go with a trusted brand power supply (Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power and Cooling, etc...). Your selected case is large enough that cable management shouldn't be much of an issue.
2) The motherboard. Nothing wrong with your choice except it's not in stock (2 to 5 weeks for delivery???). Maybe get it from somewhere else. While you're at it, maybe pick up a better APU. Newegg has that motherboard and the A6-3500 APU as a combo for only $5 more than your current selection. It's a triple core with slightly better graphics.
1) The big reason I went modular was because I was concerned about having enough space in the case for airflow. I don't really know how individual parts translate into actual size in a case. But if there is enough room for cable management I'd be glad to get something better.
2) Thanks for the heads up on that deal, I didn't see it before. Will the difference in clock speeds (2.7 Ghz on the A4 vs 2.1 Ghz on the A6) be noticeable? Or will the third core make up for it?
1) I currently have a similar sized case (NMediaPC 200BA) and while a modular PSU would benefit me, I do have standard PSU installed with all the extraneous cables tucked under my hard drive.
Again, the main point here should be quality of the PSU. If the power supply blows, it has a fair chance of taking other components with it. Power Supplies from the manufacturers I mentioned previously not only provide better insurance against a failure, but some even have built in protections on the off chance it does fail. If you're willing to foot the bill, some of these manufacturers do make modular PSUs as well.
2) The extra core will make up for the clock speed. You really do not need a lot in the way of clock speed for your purposes anyway, but that extra core may come in handle later on down the line.
3) No. It's not. Samsung SH-B123L/RSBP which you have linked is the DVD Writer. You're looking for the Samsung SH-B123L/BSBP, which is the Blu-Ray combo drive.
Yeah that makes a lot of sense. And the drive thing was a fail on my part. Thanks for clarifying that.
One more thing: I was only planning on putting 4 Gb of ram in. Should I spend the extra $20 and go for 8Gb? The ceton infinitv recommends 4, but I thought 8 would be overkill. Now that I look back at it, it seems like it might be worth it.