So every 3 years the company I work for gives employees $800 to buy "technology". So I think I'm going to try my hand at an HTPC build and light gaming. I'm all carted up and ready to press the buy button. Hoping someone can chime in w/ some advice if the below makes sense. I know this is probably overkill for a HTPC, but I get $800 so I might as well use it!
My thought was to use the SSD for the OS and program install and the 3TB external HDD for DVRing stuff...
Approximate Purchase Date: Now
Budget Range: $800 after shipping & discounts
System Usage from Most to Least Important: HTPC w/ light to moderate gaming
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: new build
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Parts Preferences: AMD A10 cpu and a decen HTPC case
Get a quality power supply from Antec, Corsair, PC Power and Cooling, Seasonic, or Fortran Source (FSP). 450 watts would be about the maximum wattage needed for this set up.
Drop down to 8 GB of RAM and you can get it for a lot cheaper.
You probably don't need a 240GB SSD either. I'd probably recommend dropping down to 120-128GB
You mention wanting the 3TB external drive for DVR-ing, but I don't see a TV Tuner card. What is your video source (cable w/set top box, cable w/o set top box, satellite, or free over the air broadcasts)?