I am wanting to build an HTPC for use in my home theatre. After some research I have decided on some parts, and since I am a very unexperienced PC craftsman I am hoping for some suggestions for this build. These are my requirements:
-Running uTorrent or similar and XBMC simultaneously
-Stream 5.1 HD audio and 1080p via HDMI to my receiver
-Preferably do some light (read: very light) gaming
-Playback (and rip) Blu-Ray movies
These are the components I've found:
Motherboard: ASRock A75M-HVS (Integrated audio, video, network), NeweggASRock
CPU: One of these three:
AMD A4-3400 (Dual Core, Integrated graphics), Newegg
AMD A6-3500 (Triple Core, Integrated Graphics), Newegg
AMD A8-3870K (Quad Core, Integrated Graphics), Newegg
HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F4EG 2 TB, same (or similar) to this (Newegg)
BD Drive: LiteOn iHOS104-06, Newegg
RAM: I found this
, but i guess any DDR3 1600MHz ram will do
PSU: Antec EarthWatts 380D Green, Newegg
Case: Silverstone SST-GD05B, Newegg
I have a few questions about the components:
1) The Motherboard: Is the audio card sufficient?
2) Processors: The Quad and Triple has better graphics. Are they worth the extra cost? What about gaming (again, very light). What will the increased power do in regards to heat and fan noise? (I read the included fans make some noise.) Should I look into any heatsinks?
3) PSU: Reviews say it's silent and not very warm, is it fitting for my build?
Thanks for any help and advice, I appreciate it.