I have been doing A LOT of research the past few days and after looking around found what I think would be a good HTPC build for a few reasons.
1) It's aesthetically pleasing
2) Size is good
3) Very quiet
4) Great construction
5) Would replace the need for a home server.
Currently I have a home server and this would eliminate the need of having to have an entire separate unit along with all the wiring needed to get it hooked up correctly. I would salvage some of the hard drives as well as the PSU of my home server so those items have not been included. I also do not currently have a Blu-ray drive selected yet however I may pick one of those up at Fry's here in Houston.
This unit will feature Windows 8. I don't really care for Win8 too much but one thing I do like is their "Drive Extender" like features they've reintroduced. This will allow me to add additional HDs as necessary to the pool for Win8 to manage. I have WHS on my current server for that exact reason.
Please take a look and let me know what you think of this build. I want to make sure it has enough power to run any type of media stored on it (1080p mkv/TrueHD/DTS-HD) as well as other services like Plex/XBMC, itunes or some something similar (I don't have any experience with Plex/XBMC so they might do the job great too). On top of that software I plan to have the best anti-virus/malware/spyware suites I can get my hands on. I'll have to research those in-depth but this HTPC will double as a server so it's important it be locked down tight and protected. I do not see myself using it for any gaming.
Here is the setup.
Case: Fractal Design Node 304
Processor: AMD A8-5500
Motherboard: Asus MicroATX
(I like the USB 3.0 additional outlets and the two extra slots of memory compared to most others)
Memory: G-Skill 2x4GB
(leaves two slots open for future upgrades)
HDD: ADATA 64GB SSD
(64GB for OS install and apps only. Will have multiple other HD's for storage and couldnt justify the rapid increase in cost)''''/]
What do you think? I feel like it's a solid build as is but would love some criticism. If you think other components would be better please let me know why. I'm hoping to stay around the same price point of roughly $450 shipped (I know the OS isn't included in that list).