I have built a couple gaming rigs (on a medium to large budget) but never a HTPC. I was wondering how the specs I have chosen would hold up for what I'm wanting to do with it. I'm manly using it for streaming movies, tv shows, and music from my NAS. (Movies and Tv Shows range from 1080p to 480) Along with watching the movies, I would like to set up some emulators that would allow me to play SNES, NES, and Sega Genesis. The HTPC will be hooked up to my 42" LED. I am trying to keep the build at or below $400 (current price is $412). Will the build I have put together be sufficient, or should I add/modify my selections?
Thanks that does help, ALOT. I really want to get it down past $400 and your build gets me to where I'd like to be. But can you elaborate a tad on why you chose some of the hardware compared to what I already had? Is the A8 better for all around purposes or specifically for movies or emulators? I noticed that it is quad core compared to dual core which is better but is the graphics card built in much better?
I think the build you have should be enough. Everything I have read says that A6 should be sufficient.
PSU and BR/DVD recommended by Cutebeans plus MB recommended by bodeen are about identical in specs but save about $90. I would keep your SSD unless you need the additional storage.
I have Apex DM-318 and it is fine (if you go for this case, you might want to toss the stock fan and get a quieter one). However, it is probably worth it to invest in the Silverstone and avoid a stock PSU if you can do that within your budget.