I previously said I would be making my family a HTPC for Christmas and I just want to show you guys the parts to see if it's okay.
I would prefer it to be cheaper so if you guys see anything I could do to make it cheaper please let me know.
Here is the part list:
You're going to want to play high quality videos presumably, for that it is best to have decent graphics as well as a decent CPU. An A6 would be ideal in my opinion, an A4 is also good though. The best Intel option would be the i3-3225 but that looks a bit out of budget.
That's one of the new Trinity CPU's, you might get an old Llano one a bit cheaper but it will only be a couple of Euros cheaper and you will have last gen stuff. I'd just grab something based on the one you linked. If you do, be sure to get 1600Mhz+ memory to make the most of it. 1600Mhz is generally the same price as 1333Mhz.
Would I be better off getting a Raspberry Pi and a 2tb hard drive. Was talking to a friend about it and it sounds like the Pi can do everything I want it to for my family. What do you think? Just hook it up to a external HDD and run XMBC on it and leave it on for a HTPC. Good idea or?