I am looking to build a HTPC specifially for WoW and watching blue-ray movies. I would want one that would be able to run WoW on the highest graphic options and be able to handle the expansion MoP with no issues. I also will need it to have wireless-N connectivity. I know thats not ideal but thats a requirement.
BUDGET RANGE: no more than $800.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, mouse, keyboard, and speakers
SOFTWARE: Need full version of Windows 7
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would prefer the i5-3470k processor but am open to suggestions. HDD space isnt as much of an issue as the speed of the drive so if I can fit a SSD into my budget that would be ideal. This will be in a main room so the quiter then fans run the better. The case needs to blend in like an A/V reciever would and would like it to look nice and clean for it will be out in the open. This PC will be on all day and used for gaming about 3-4hrs a day and because of that it needs to stay as cool as possible. Thanks for all your help in advance.
Hmm based on your needs/uses i would suggest an mATX build stock/no OC so heat/noise isn't gonna worry u?
Wow isn't a particularly demanding game either so something in the GTX 560 - HD 7850 would be fine? Could be you could even get by with a HD 7770? 4GB RAM is more than fine and choice of chip/board perhaps i5 3450 +H77 (the H67s may or may not have an updated BIOS to fully/properly support the Ivy 1155s)
For cost cutting - if u put a HTPC on S3 sleep all the time, a SSD won't really be needed i.e a luxury one could do w/o when budget is the issue?
Lastly, if eventually you be playing files off a NAS/Home Media Server for HD files, best results with a wired rather than wireless solution ^^