I've built computers before, but never an HTPC. I want to build one that is in a nice case, that is visually appealing, that can fit on a shelf that is 15" wide.
I have a few components that aren't used, and I will list them below:
-i7 2600k CPU
-650w Power Supply
I don't need to use all of them, and I was considering selling some of them to get lower powered components. This machine will be on all the time, so I wouldn't like to have to pay a big power bill increase. I am wondering if I am not pushing all the cores, and just tuned to a channel in MCE, will I still be wasting power using my i7, instead of something like an i3? I also need a recommendation for a motherboard, and a case.
2x HDHomeRun Prime - 3CC
Sharp 65" TV; Sharp 46" TV; Panasonic 42" TV; Sony 40" TV; Sony 32" TV
WMC HTPC Server: Intel Celeron G1840, 4GB RAM, MSI H81M-P33, 1TB
Main HTPC: Mac Mini 2.3Ghz i5, 8GB RAM, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, 3TB
XB360 WMC Extender, Ceton Echo, Roku 3, Apple TV 3