Ok so this is what I am looking to build.
Wanting to build a HTPC(Home Theater PC) in a price range of $500-$900.
Also will be looking at getting a wide screen tv 60-70". No 3D crap, I don't think those have matured enough.
So first on the HTPC:
OS= windows 7... I think that would be the best for Windows Media Center
Hard Drive= 2TB I think that is the sweet spot cause the 1TB is not much cheaper and the 3TB is pricey.
Motherboard w/ Optical= Have not decided either for the fact of onboard sound. Usually a soundcard is better unless you can get a good motherboard with great sound.
Sound card = depends on motherboard
Case= A good decent HTPC case
Media Remote= ?
Video Card= Most ppl say the AMD cards are better for HTPC. What would be a good card for this?
This is for an elderly couple who like to watch movies, no gaming(of course not) LOL.
Yes windows 7 is better since windows 8 doesn't have blueray compatibility in it it's media-center without 3rd party software. Or even dvd playback for it's media player. Media Player classic is free works for both though. (it should be able to play blueray..) Realplayer works as well. And other software..
No clue about sound cards. I've heard it's subjective. They generally do sound better, if you get a good one, but it takes a good sound system to use them well. (continued in motherboard section of post lolo)
Since the price is low you might be able to afford an SSD to put windows on. It will speed up daily activity. Movies would be loaded and stored from the HDD though. (if digital movies) ($100-130 for samgsung 830 126Gb)