I am building a HTPC to act as my DVR. I have done tons of research and I've decided to go with Intel LGA1155 Sandy Bridge. I want to be able to record/watch live tv to 3 tvs using wmc extenders. My budget is 700 including OS and Cable Tuner.
Here's what I have so far. If you have any suggestions or a build that's better I'm definitely open. I'm trying to purchase by the end of the day tomorrow so I dont have the time to wait for better deals.
You chose a MicroATX case but a standard ATX board so I doubt it would have fit plus you don't need a Z77 board unless you're going to OC the CPU and judging by the Celeron you weren't. I never choose AMD over Intel but with your budget and the purpose of this, I'd go with the combo above with a Micro-ATX board and an AMD CPU with build-in graphics (APU).