Approximate Purchase Date: within the next few weeks
Budget Range: Under $800 - the lower the better.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: HTPC, High Definition DVR, Streaming video playback, region free DVD player
Parts to Upgrade: Everything
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, ncix.com, amazon, etc
Parts Preferences: None
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 interlaced (1080i)
Additional Comments: My TV only accepts component video, so the most economical solution that I've found seems to be to buy an older video card that supports component out. My TV supports 1080i and 480p. I haven't built a PC in about 15 years, so I'm learning a lot.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'd like to build an HTPC that will allow me to stream TV shows from Amazon, Hulu, HBO Go, etc. I also want to use this system as an HD-DVR for Over The Air television.
I'm trying to find cheap used video cards on ebay that support component video out. The EVGA GeForce 8800, 9500, or 9800 seem like they would fit the bill (among others.) These video cards seem to have high wattage requirements, which is why I jacked up the power supply.
Here are the parts that I'm looking at right now, but I'm very open to suggestions.
Is the hard drive going to be fast enough to handle recording 2 HD channels on the DVR and watching one at the same time? I assume that would be the heaviest load.
It seems that this case is very tight. I'm definitely concerned about everything fitting inside it properly - especially the power supply. I looked at a lot of HTPC cases and tried to find a good balance between everything fitting inside the case and the case fitting into my TV Component rack. I chose a case with a cover over the front because I think the front of most DVD-ROMs look really cheap and will probably detract from the nice look of the HTPC case.
I appreciate your time looking at this and look forward to hearing your comments.
After reading a lot of reviews by folks who have the Silverstone GD06 case, it seems that the Silverstone
ST40F-ES 400Watt power supply will definitely fit in the case without having to install the fan upwards. Most other power supplies appear to be a gamble.
This adapter works for me, but now that I have my HTPC set up, I must admit I feel a need to upgrade to HDTV. So I would definitely not spend much money on a video card and instead put any extra money toward a future TV upgrade.
Reagrding your question about the HDD, I don't see what the problem would be.