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
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.
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!
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.