I've been reading on the forum for a while, but I'm still essentially a newbie. I've never built a pc before, but I have (very recently) installed RAM and PCI-express cardsso it is not simply a magic box to me any more. ;-)
I'm new to the HTPC world, and have limited though varied knowledge of the technology involved. I recently installed a Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 to my old home office HP Pavillion desktop (HP Pavilion a6300f) which runs Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit) and have been playing around with it (very satisfactorily) as a teaser/taste of what the future holds.
This old home office system (HP Pavilion a6300f), however, is slow and lacks oomph. I've been looking at either upgrading it (adding an SSD and switching to Windows 7) or replacing it with a new build. At the same time, I've been thinking about getting an HTPC seeing another post on the forum about an HTPC doubling as a home PC/desktop, however, got me thinking that maybe I should kill two birds with one stone.
At various points, I've chatted with veteran and professional PC/HTPC builders and other techies (mostly with an eye, at the time, for paying someone to build it for me), but the more I research/learn, the more I'm confident I can do it myself and save money, or at least spend it more optimally.
I am NOT a gamer, and so will NOT be overclocking. The PC will be used by for:
(a) HTPC (sending recorded and live cable programming, movies, music, etc., to any wired and wireless computer in my network;
(b) media storage and accessibility (my digital media library of movies, music, and pictures, is around 600GB, so farand I have many hundreds of DVDs);
(c) heavy home office pc/desktop use: internet browsing, word processing, power point and other Microsoft Office programs, creating documents in adobe, general home networking and the like.
Further, the system needs to be able to handle having multiple memory heavy programs open and in use at the same time without slowing down appreciably. I like speed/performance, durability, and (theoretically) upgradeability. Also, of course, as an HTPC is needs to run super quiet.
Having done extensive/exhausting research, here is the build I'm thinking of (though, again, I'm open to suggestions and am NOT wedded to any part of this):
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
Crucial 16GB kit (8GBx2), 240-pin DIMM, DDR3 PC3-10600
DIAMOND 6670PE32G Radeon HD 6670 2GB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
OCZ ZX Series 850W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold High Performance Power Supply
128GB Crucial m4 2.5-inch SATA 6GB/s (or possibly Crucial 256GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT256M4SSD2)
Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L/RSBP LightScribe Support
Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)
Additional hardware (PCI and PCI-Express):
Ceton InfiniTV 4 Quad-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner 1213 PCI-Express x1 Interface (for when/if I finally cut the Cable)
Linksys WMP600N PCI Wireless Adapter with Dual-Band
Antec Three Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
My thinking is either to plug this directly into our HDTV in our main TV viewing area, or leave it in the home office and use media extenders (wired and wireless) for the other TVs around the house.
So, what do folks think? I'm totally open to ideas, constructive criticism, and any and all advice.