I have been trying to absorb as much info the past few weeks regarding HTPC's. I am ready to attempt to build my own, and wish to build a very budget conscious HTPC. Was just wondering thoughts on what I have in mind so far. I am open to any suggestions for improving performance and/or decreasing build cost. Just want to make sure I build it right, but not overbuild for my use.
My HTPC use: No gaming. No 3D. Will web browse, watch TV, and slowly get my movie collection on the PC. At the moment plan to use Windows 7, WMC and media browser.
Case: Silverstone ML03B $59.99 shipped ( I like how this case looks, and will look good with other components in my AV rack)
CPU: Intel Celeron G540 $41.99 (before 15% discount and shipping cost)
MOBO: Asrock H61M-U3S3 $65.99 (before 15% discount and shipping cost)
MEM: Crucial 4GB Ballistix Sport DDR3 1333 $23.99 shipped
HHD: Undecided (not sure on exact size)
SSD: Undecided (sounds like 120GB is the way to go, but doe to cost would go with 60GB for the OS)
PSU: Corsair CX430 $24.99 after $20 rebate/free shipping
OPTICAL: Lite-ON iHOS4-06 BDrom
My biggest gray area is what do I really NEED out of he MOBO. I looked at a bunch of 61/75/77 series boards and not sure what I specifically need. I know for sure HDMI, but outside that I am clueless. It sounds like as far as a HHD goes getting and external and removing it from its case is a cost effective way more more affordable internal memory. It sounds like I have to be careful with my power supply selection with the ML03 case.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.