You are not gaiming? if your are not a laptop will be MUCH better for just watching movies but, if you dont want a laptop thats fine, i can make you a cheap 500$ build but tell me exactly what PSU's you have.
Not on a 32" screen - most laptop HDMI to HDMI connectors really suck, I've tried with my laptop, an HTPC is a far better choice.
I'm in the same boat - I'm looking to build an HTPC - my first attempt did not go over very well because the case I got was way too big for the shelf it's being placed on. I'm looking at going mATX based around the AMD A8-3870K or waiting for socket FM2 to see if anything improves performance wise.
cool, i can knock off the case, and the solid state (replace it with like a 60GB) knock out the power supply as I am sure i have a 500watt laying around somewhere. so thats like 200$ off the list, ill probs just need a regular DVD player (i can rip Blurays on my gaming tower seeing as that has my Blu ray player
Whats wrong with gaming on a 32" screen? one of my gaming PCs is connected to a 55" LCD TV and i play almost every game in there fine (using a wired X360 gamepad of course)
Definitely nothing wrong with that - my home PC is hooked up to a 42" Vizio. What I'm saying is hooking a laptop up to a 32" screen is horrendous, I've tried hooking mine up to my parents' TV and the NVIDIA control panel doesn't scale the resolution to match the TV so it always looks off.
It comes with a 300W silverstone power supply, it can handle a 9" graphics card and a 3.5" hard drive like that Seagate. The PSU will limit the graphics card you can use to something like a 7750 (there is a 450w version of the SG06).
For the motherboard, I have a ASRock H77 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and that has a digital optical socket which I have plugged into my home cinema system, it also has 7 channel outputs as well. You can also use the HDMI to route your audio through your TV, if the TV has a optical out connected to your amp.
But i wont be needing a case, I have one, I wont need a Video card, Ill be buying a new one for my gaming rig, I have the HDD space, I have a working PSU.. so what i linked above is what i feel like i am getting