I’m a first-time poster seeking advice on an HTPC build, and this will also be my first time building a computer. I’ve spent a lot of time researching this, and while I’m pretty settled on the general components, I would feel better talking it through with real people. My biggest question at this point is the level of CPU that I should purchase as you’ll see below.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month
Budget Range: Initially $500-600; Up to $1000-1100 Total
System Usage from Most to Least Important: HTPC (streaming, DVR, DVD/BD ripping, DVD/BD playback), moderate gaming (emulators)
Are you buying a monitor: No (connecting to 720p Vizio)
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com
Location: Nashville, TN
Parts Preferences: agnostic
Overclocking/Dual GPU: No
Additional Comments: Want to balance cost and performance; Plan to build in two or more stages to spread out cost (see below); Choosing mATX case for expandability & potential reuse in the future; Needs to fit in roughly 13”(w)x13”(h)x15.5” (d) space in our bookshelf/media center; Plan to use both XBMC & WMC; Needs to be quiet; Needs to be simple to use for fiancee; Only wifi in apartment; No NAS but would like one in the future; May renew cable in the future; Already own a Logitech DiNovo Mini
Why Am I Building: Allow us to use our laptops while streaming media; Free up space/sell DVDs
This is one I'm seriously considering for an htpc build in the near future. Case, psu and mobo are already pre-assembled... only need to add the cpu, dvd burner, ram and hard drives. I'll be using a Linux operating system (Xubuntu or XBMC media center) which are free, and no blu-ray. Or, maybe an external blu-ray. Probably will use an i5 cpu with integrated HD4000 graphics.