I'm looking to take a stab at building a HTPC and this is what I've come up with. I'm new to this area of building, so any advice is greatly appreciated.
Approximate Purchase Date: I'm looking to buy in the next month.
Budget Range: My budget is around $1k After Rebates and After Shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: general HTPC stuff with light net surfing and probably no gaming
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: all new
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
SLI or Crossfire:No
Your Monitor Resolution: n/a
I'm thinking that RAIDing 2 1TB HDDs is the way to go, but I can easily be persuaded by a better option. Not sure I'll need the remote control as the case seems to come with one, quality of the remote included with the case is unknown, but if it saves me $20, it saves me $20. Ceton InfiniTV is there to replace my Time Warner DVR...Also if anyone can recommend a power supply, that would be great! Last bit, any thoughts on after-market cooling on the CPU and / or fan upgrades?
4gb seems like the safe point for RAM. I agree, I probably could go lower but with my budget I'm okay getting 4. Since I'll be using this in place of my DVR, I'd rather stay on the higher-side as far as HDD space goes.
You're correct, I am looking for advice on a power supply. I never been good at picking the right one for my need. So if anyone has any advice or recommendatios, that'd what I'm looking for.
My HTPC has a 480W PSU and it's way more than is needed...something around the 400W mark would do you well. I'd try and get a passive one...pricier, but quieter and silence is king where an HTPC is involved.
4GB RAM is plenty, and that APU is good as you don't need a separate GPU. Green hard-drives are good too...they're quieter than other drives.
As a Ceton InfiniTV4 owner, I can assure you that 4GB of RAM is plenty (you have 8GB in you build btw).
For a power supply, I don't see you needing anything more than an Antec EarthWatts Green 380, but you may want to consider going with a modular power supply and remove any unnecessary cabling for better air flow through the case.
I'd also note that your case does not appear to come with any case fans though it has spaces for 2x80/92mm front case, 2x80mm rear case, and one 80mm side case fans. At a minimum, you're going to want the two rear case fans. I'm not big on silent fans, but I hear Scythe USA fans are pretty good (quiet).