Originally Posted by gadgetfreaky
I'm definitely leaning towards assasin, although there's so many add on's it gets confusing. Which did you get and how much did it cost? looks like I can spend $700 or $1600 easily there.
What pre-configured system did you buy?
I'm also following this thread on a build your own.. so torn
My machine from Assassin has an i5 Haswell chip, 120 GB SSD, two 2TB HDDs (I should have gotten 4TB each), 8GB RAM, a Blu-Ray drive, and Win7 Pro. No graphics card (using Intel on-board graphics) and no Bly-Ray player software (figured I can add those later if I want). I also added Assassin's pre-configuration. I went with a specific case (Silverstone GD-04) because of depth and looks. I'm using it in a small entertainment center/TV stand, so it couldn't be more than about 13" deep and I wanted it to look like A/V equipment. The downside of that case is that I've maxed the HDD capacity with two HDDs. It's also a little noisy, but I haven’t done any tweaking with the fans yet.
Afterward I added a 64GB thumb drive for imaging the OS from the SSD, and a HD Homerun Prime (CableCard version) for Comcast cable TV. I also ended up upgrading my router, switches, and added MoCA networking adapters to drive XBox's as extenders for my kids'.
The main thing I would do differently is that I should have gotten bigger hard drives for media storage from the start. The two 2TB HDDs are fine so far, but I suspect I'm going to fill them quickly with recorded TV, especially if I use one for mirroring (for backups). I got a couple of external 4TB HDDs for future expansion and ripping movies.
If you want picture quality comparable to your Oppo, you'll probably want a graphics card that will run MadVR at its highest level. That may be my next move.
You can call or email Assassin with any specific questions. They're pretty helpful.
Or feel free to PM me if you have additional questions.