I really I'm asking alot here but having spent the last few hours bouncing around the internet I'm none the wiser on recommendations for cases/specs for HTPC's.
I want to get one built mainly for HD content, movies, tv and Anime but don't need anything like Blu Ray playback as I have the PS3 for that. I'm kind of stuck on cases for now and I'm assuming 2GB of Ram and a decent Quad-Core CPU would do. I've read about a few different Antecs, the opera case and a few other budget cases but really can't settle on one.
I obviously want it to be quiet so fans become an issue...... it's just ridiculous the amount of contradicting info I keep finding. One site says onboard video is fine for HD 1080p but then another says you NEED a dedicated card.
I have no trouble building PCs and have done many in the past. Just don't want to stumble my way through picking parts and end up getting something I could probably pick up from ebay at the same price.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP i.e. As soon as I know what I want
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Internet, Videos/TV, Music, basic word processing.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Blu Ray Drive, not sure of anything else I definately don't need.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: No preference as long as delivered to the UK mainland.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Again, no preference. My current computer at home uses AMD but I use Intel at work and never found either to be better or worse.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently 32" LCD TV with 1080i only. Want to future proof to give 1080p as a backup.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want a quiet pc so that it doesn't interfere with whatever it may be I'm watching. I don't intend to do gaming though may end up on flash games or old style (less intensive games) like Max Payne . No preference with size, small or large I'll find the room for it. The biggest factor is being able to play HD content and having decent storage (around 1TB).
I just built my own HTPC with basically the same requirements you have. My cost was 370 USD.
ICute Case "flatbed style", E3200 CPU, 4 gigs of Kingston DDR2 800 vallue ram, Asus H4350 Video Card with all the connections, MSI P43 board and WD 1TB Green drive. I even overclocked it to 3 gigahertz. Can't even hear it running. I have it connected to my 37" 1080p HDTV. Does it all.
Looking at those they seem to be around the same price as buying the Minuet.... maybe a little cheaper to go with the CoolerMaster. Not fussed about the difference though so looks like I'd rather go with the Minuet.
Just need to figure out what other specs to go with. You reckon the spec you specified would be 'more' than adequate or just adequate. Am thinking whether it would be worth spending the extra money now to make it adequate still in a few years.
^ It would be more than adequate...
And if you would want to make it even more adequate for few years, just add a graphics card...The CPU is a Tri-Core and is an overkill for just a 1080p playback...so it should last you long...And the onbard video with 128MB dedicated vRAM can easily handle 1080p without any issues...
One final question though; is it worth shopping around for prices with these or do ebuyer tend to be quite competitive on prices? Also, any suggestions on software? I know that's technically two questions..... lol
Just placed my order and now been notified there is no stock left on the RAM. Going to look for a replacement type; any suggestions? I'm just looking for similiar RAM for now but there's an abundance out there I never know which one to get.
Ok, I did a recalculation of my costs for my HTPC. The prices are from Newegg.
E3200 cpu: $52
ICute "flatbed style case": $40
2 x 2gigs of Kingston Value Ram DDR2 800: $100
WD 1TB Green Hdd: $95
Asus HD4350 Video card: $35
350 watt power supply: $30
Total Cost: $352.00