First post here but been stalking for a bit and have decided to replace my PS3 and streaming PC with a dedicated HTPC. Not built a PC for a few years so had the usual hours of research ending up with hundreds of tabs open in chrome, but so far so good i think/hope. Just need some advice on components.
According to assassins guide, my HTPC falls into the 'basic' kind. All it has to do is play movies (avi,divx,mp4 etc) and maybe run netflix. No blueray, no dvds, no recording, no 3D.
So far, the common components are:
CPU: Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz LGA 1155 65W Intel HD Graphics
PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V
CASE: nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 5000B
WIRELESS: Rosewill RNX-G300LX Wireless Adapter Card
I am pretty happy with these so long as the PSU is quiet, which newegg reviews seems to suggest. I currently have a new slim PS3 next to the TV and it occasionally whirs into life - is the Antec going to be similar to that?
The sticking point so far is the mobo. I have always been a fan of gigabyte boards. Built about 5 desktops with them and never had a problem but the only gigabyte option seems to be the GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 for $120 which seems a bit expensive for a basic HTPC. As an alternative, Assassin also recommends the Intel BOXDH67BLB3 LGA 1155 Intel H67 which is $30 cheaper at $89.99
Just wondering if anyone has used the intel option because, as much as i love gigabyte boards, $30 is a lot seeing as i'm trying to fund this from the sale of the PS3? I'd kinda like that extra $30 to go towards storage which seems so expensive at the moment.
And finally hard drives. I am pretty sure I can rearrange a couple of office PC's to free up a hard drive but have a last question - is it noticeably better to have the OS on a different hard drive than the media being played for a HTPC? I have always built pc's with multiple hard drives. One for the OS and the other for media. Our current media server which streams to the PS3 does this. I just wonder if modern drives can cope with running an OS, downloading files and playing them to the TV with one hard drive?
Thanks for any help. I'll be sure to take some pics of the build which should be in a week or so if I can figure the last details out. I always love 'pc buildin' time!