That looks pretty good! You've done your homework and it shows. Normally I would give you two thumbs up and say congrats; but I've been following your dedicated theater project and those sweet curved speakers so I thought I would pay it forward and give you a better reply I think you might appreciate even more. Your build above is probably ideal for 95% of the people- it's really good products and parts and it should all work pretty well together. However, watching you go through the pain staking effort to maximize many apsects your theaters like the room, sound treatments, audio and video calibration etc... I think you might be the type of person who would appreciate the extra 10% that many don't bother with.
The build you list above is ideal for someone just looking to get a nice experience and play some movies back from a PC on their system with XBMC or Mediabrowser; You have a choice now if that is all you want to do -or if you really want to get better picture or sound than your PS3 and chase the best experience possible.
I'd say if you pulled the trigger on above you would probably be really happy (if you added a PSU so it actually turned on.
The rest of my reply is taking things beyond basic HTPC level 101 so feel free to disregard what else I have to say if you are not interested.
The good:Asrock Extreme 4 Mobo
- really nice choice IMO Z87 Asrock Extreme 4 is even better than Z77 version Gskil Ram
- Good choice for value ( 8GB and DDR3 2400mhz would be more ideal for performance and not value)Optical drive
- looks good, really anything would work though.Case
- Really nice choice on the Silverstone case
The bad (well not really bad but could be improved)No PSU
. You need one.HDD's
. I would go with 4TB Seagate drives. One 4TB will consume less energy, make less noise, and less heat than 2 drives of 2TB. 4TB Seagate NAS also offers similar cost per TB, increased performance (better READ/WRITE speeds, IOPS, and seek times) and also gives you the same 3 year warranty. WD does not have a 4TB RED that's available yet, but they do have a 3TB. Even so, I prefer the Seagate product these days, which is a break away from traditional. Seagate is really good these days, while WD has faded a bit. You can probably get more HDD for less $ with a 4TB seagate- and it would save you space for future expansion.CPU-
Haswell Socket 1150 Z87 is better.GPU
? You might want/need this if you really want better PQ than a high end bluray player or PS3.SSD
: You NEED THIS !!!!
With all this said you have a fundamental choice on what you want your HTPC to be and what you want it to do. If you truly want the best possible PQ and SQ - and you desire the picture to beat your PS3 then your going to have to change stuff around a bit (but not really need to spend more $$ ) Some people might laugh when you say PS3 and not realize the PS3 actually does pretty well in these areas. In order to get a picture that will surpass your PS3 or a higher end up scaling bluray player you will likely need some advanced rendering methods with a modern GPU card. This can give you the best picture from DVD's or lower than 1080p sources. Or even go up to 4k. It's not unreasonable to think your theater will be around for a while and this might be stuff you want in the future.
Haswell Socket 1150 Z87 is a better choice technically over the socket 1155 Ivy bridge i3 you listed. It has nearly perfect frame rates (well technically it might skip or repeat a frame every 11 days ) thanks to it's newer better GPU. If you did not want a GPU card you would be smart to wait for it (Releases Sept 1st) The move to the newer socket 1150 would also give you a better future upgrade path since it's a new socket and will be around longer than socket 1155. Also, The Asrock Extreme4 Z87 LGA1150 motherboard is really excellent, I have it in my desktop. It has INTEL LAN which the Z77 does not.
For PSU I would look at the Seasonic 350 watt 80+ Gold or something like a Rosewill Captsone 450watt. Anything OEM Seasonic like Antec NEO, MKIII, Certain models of Corsair or Coolermaster would work well too. You only need 300-500watts and not more.
SSD: Samsung 840 for $89 or $99 is nearly a no brainer, but I also like OCZ Vertex4/450 and Vector 128GB and Plextor M5 and M5Pro 128GB depending on street pricing.
You can download x64 PRO ISO and just get a license key for $50 for it, which might be better than Home edition for $99 (you get Remote Desktop with Pro)
If you really want to get a better Picture Quality than your PS3 you will likely need to do something like MadVR, and you might want to also do something like reclock. You can also go extreme with something like SVP (frame interpolation to 60fps) for an effect like the fancy TV's and projectors do.
I only mention now because if you might want to do, I would upgrade to a $199 i5 socket 1150 4670k CPU over the $135 i3 socket 1155 you have chosen above. If not, then i3 is enough.
I would check this out:
Give it a glance and see if your interested in such a thing. If so, you might be better off with GPU card (Radeon 7790 is good choice)
It's likely these extra 10% might not be for you, but watching you build your theater and your speakers, and your adeptness with audio treatments, audio calibrations, and some of the pain staking detail you put into other areas you may want to consider this stuff up front to save yourself some trouble or regret later.
EDIT: I see everyone already beat me to much of what I was thinking this morning. Great minds think alike.
Originally Posted by assassin
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No need to argue WD does not even make 4TB drives; we have been waiting for them for a year. That makes the choice easier