Need a HTPC - All suggestions appreciated!

Hello everyone,
I'm looking to build a HTPC, however, to be plainly honest I don't have a clue where to start when it comes to getting the right stuff for the right price. Any/all help that you could offer me would be very appreciated!

Why Are You Upgrading: Our old family computer is, to say the least, on it's very last leg. We no longer use it like we did many years ago (before we all had laptops - yes it is quite old.) However, I would still like to have a computer for some of the occasional things we do on it (pay bills, light browsing, etc.) Given such a short list of actual usage I thought it would be convenient to build a HTPC and have it hooked up to our TV since we do a lot of streaming through Netflix and Hulu which requires a laptop to be plugged into the TV.

Approximate Purchase Date: By the end of August

Budget Range: $400 - possibly flexible.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: HTPC, other minor tasks

Are you buying a monitor: No (using 46 inch 1080p TV)

Parts to Upgrade: I need everything.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon

Location: NE Pennsylvania, USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Does not necessarily need to be quiet or compact. Bluray player. I honestly haven't looked into parts for any new computers lately so I was hoping maybe you all would have some suggestions to get me started.

Thanks for your time!
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  1. Did you consider a MINI PC as a simple HTPC - Barebone's -

    For a MINI PC I recommend a barebones and then add stuff (drives, RAM and etc).

    If you don't care about size then with no discrete GPU I'd build an AMD APU rig otherwise Intel + discrete. Further, 'good' HTPC cases are more expensive than a comparable PC case.

    What does "Budget Range: $400 - possibly flexible." mean!!?? Also, is your price for just the 'box' and no e.g. OS, Keyboard, etc? The OS, KB adds another ~$150.

    The reason I say all of this is as I read it you're simply connecting 'any' PC to your TV and calling it an HTPC...
  2. It means I'm not hard capped at $400.. if it comes out to $450 to be optimal then I'd do $450.. so roughly $400, give or take.

    Maybe HTPC wouldn't necessarily be a 100% accurate term, however, the general gist of what I am looking for is something that I can plug into my TV and use primarily for watching Blurays and streaming from Netflix. Preferably in a cheap manner since it won't be used heavily for gaming or rendering. I'm new to the whole concept so maybe I just don't get it.. but it sounds like what I want - a light use computer combined with a media center.

    Sorry for being unclear, and perhaps I still am so keep asking questions if needed, but thanks for the reply!
  3. If online streaming is the primary use, have you considered getting a Roku?
  4. Here's some choices that I would consider in your price range a 'use.'

    My 2 cents, the AMD Llano is a good choice if not getting a discrete GPU, MOBO depends on your TV, RAM IMO 8GB, HDD IMO 1TB, BR IMO a burner, PSU IMO either a Bronze or higher, and the cases are IMO a personal choice.

    $69.99 CPU: AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz/3-cores

    Choices MOBO:
    $87.55 MOBO: ASUS F1A55-M/CSM
    $79.98 MOBO: ASRock A75M

    Choices RAM:
    $44.99 RAM: G.SKILL Ares 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 CAS 9
    $23.99 RAM: G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 CAS 9

    Choices Blu-Ray:
    $69.99 BR-Burner: LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X (WH14NS40) - OEM
    $49.99 BR-Reader: LG Black 10X BD-ROM UH12LS29 - OEM

    Choices HDD:
    $89.99 Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB (7.2K)
    $69.99 Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB (7.2K)

    Choices PSU:
    $110.49 SeaSonic X series SS-400FL Fanless 80 PLUS GOLD/PFC Power Supply/Modular
    $50.99 SeaSonic S12II 430B 430W 80 PLUS BRONZE/PFC
    $44.99 Corsair Builder Series CX600 80 PLUS/PFC

    $338.93 ; Sub-total Lowest priced items

    $473.00 ; Sub-total Highest priced items

    Choices Cases:

    Q - HTPC style or vanilla PC style??
    Pick your own -


    Optional OC'ing CPU & HSF if you 'game':
    $104.99 CPU: AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz/4-cores
    $19.99 HSF: CM Hyper 212 Plus

    $64.99 ; Sub-total Above priced items
  5. Thanks Jaquith!

    That's a nice starting point which is exactly what I was looking for so that I could go out and do some comparisons for performance and price!

    Appreciate your time!
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