Originally Posted by the crane
Form factor is important, it's going in my living room.
I mean, not much more. Might want to add a TV Tuner and DVR at some point. Stream some hulu, netflix and hbogo. Watch some MKV files from my external HD's.
That's really about it. If this isn't the right setup, what is?
You didn't say which Silverstone case you planned. Since you mentioned adding 80mm fans, I assume you were planning the ML03 which is a very small case and won't handle full height cards. Depends what kind of tuner you plan to add, but you'd better get something that will handle a full height card. The Silverstone GD05 is a very popular HTPC cases here and will handle full height cards.
And that would also give you room to get rid of those USB drives and put the hard disk inside the case, which if it's going in your living room I would think you would want to do instead of having a bunch of USB drives hanging off your htpc.
So then I'd probably go with:
Silverstone GD05 - $90 (Amazon)
Intel DH67BL - $87 (Amazon)
Intel Core i3-2100 CPU - $90 (Micro Center)
Plextor PX-128M3S 128 GB M3S Solid State Drive - $95 (Amazon)
G .SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 -- $28 (Newegg)
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W PSU - $25 (after rebate, Newegg)
That would make a very nice HTPC with both the room and power to grow in the future.